Were there men living in caves? Yes. Were these men dumb brutes grunting around trying to invent fire? No. Biblically speaking people were just as intelligent back in ancient times as people are today. We have more things like cars and computers but that is an accumulation of skills one generation has passed on on to the next, not people getting smarter over time. People would find shelter in caves when they first settled an area or if they were displaced by war or famine. Caves make lousy housing, but if that was the only thing available until more sturdy houses could be built, then living in a damp cave was better than nothing.
We need to get rid of the caveman stereotypes of what we see in textbooks and magazines. We need to look at history from a Biblical perspective. The Bible does not give us very much information about humankind’s accomplishments before the Flood. In the first 1,500 years of civilization, Genesis chapters 1-6 gives us just bits of what man was able to do.
Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “with the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.
After the Fall in Genesis 3, Adam and Eve had two sons; Cain was a farmer and Abel a Shepherd. It did not take long for agriculture to develop with planting methods and the domestication of animals.
Cain made love to his wife and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city and he named it after his son Enoch.
Cities were built and with cities some form of government, city planning, waste removal and architecture.
His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play string instruments and pipes. Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron.
Musical instruments were made, not just a simple flute made from a hollow stick, but complex string and wind instruments. You must have a knowledge of musical notes and cords to make that kind of musical instrument. People in the first 1,500 years developed the skill to mine, forge and work with metal.
If we are going to view man in a correct mindset, we have to hold on to Biblical history as accurate and true. Once we look at visible evidence of what early man could accomplish, we will conclude the evolutionary view of early man is foolish.