Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. Proverbs 19:2
New fossil suggests giant ‘killer walrus’ was just a toothy fish-eater | EveryONE
The above linked article tells how an ancient walrus (the Pelagiarctos thomasi), a “killer” species, was not really so fearsome. Believed to be an apex predator, it “ripped apart birds and other marine mammals” as part of its daily feeding habit. The walrus earned apex (dominant) status in the 1980’s after a robust jawbone and sharp teeth were discovered. However the title of “killer” has been rescinded after examination of more complete fossils. An over-arching assertion made about the creature, based on a miniscule part of the whole, proved wrong. In short the walrus apparently got a bad rap.
This rush to make a determination is not limited to paleontology. In recent weeks news of an Egyptian parchment fragment spread speculation (of proof that Jesus Christ was married) across the media. In the video inserted below Karen L. King (Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University) inferred the item does not prove or disprove Christ’s marital status. She does, however, speak about studying the fragment (at 1:10 in the video) and using words that “would be in the missing part” to make determinations about the context of the fragment. In effect making a determination about the whole based on a miniscule part—aided by a non-existent part. An assumption based on the desire to know a fact does not in turn constitute a fact.
Such conjectures do more than tilt the opinion and discussions of science and religion. In crime scene investigation this tendency to fill in the blanks starts an investigation downs a slippery slope. This has been a long-standing danger in law enforcement as well. Conjecture about crime scene evidence can start a manhunt for a killer when none exists, or convict an innocent for a crime they did not commit. This Milwaukee Journal clipping from September 10, 1941 highlights the tendency and how additional evidence revealed the truth.
I firmly believe the tenet taught in Deuteronomy 19:15 should be a basic principle in crime scene investigation. One piece of evidence (a witness) physical or otherwise does not prove guilt. Neither does it prove innocence. The wisdom, relayed to us in Proverbs 19:2 proves invaluable, no matter the context it is applied to.
Have you seen hasty judgments proven wrong after further revelation and examination? I would like to hear about your experience.
Boxer’s bloody nose leads to bank robbery charges – KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; KNOE.com |.
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9
“The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!”
– excerpt from “To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough.” – Robert Burns
In his classic poem Robert Burns spoke of plans men make and the real amount of control we actually have over our lives. The Bible teaches the same but also explains who has the real control.
The boxer in the news story linked above likely thought he had avoided being caught. But he should have known no matter how much you bob and weave eventually a punch is going to connect. The boxer/bank robber may have been part of a carefully planned robbery. But eventually a punch would come which he had no control over. A drop would bleed and be collected. His DNA would be matched to prove his guilt. The detective knew eventually it would happen and waited patiently.
The only control we have is in the choices we make. We have no real control over where our choices lead us. If we choose to do what is right we need not fear the consequences.
KBI To Assist TPD With City’s Latest Murder.
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”
The video link above provides a perfect example of media questioning the speed of an investigation. Committing a crime can take seconds. Solving a crime takes more than the allotted 60 minutes (with commercial breaks) of a television crime drama. The microwave takes-too-long mentality of our society can create havoc in a crime scene investigation.
I have seen pressure from the public to rapidly resolve a crime force this in investigations. Slow progress in an investigation caused the press to discredit the effectiveness of the police investigation. Pressure to speed up the investigation and appease media-driven public opinion caused mistakes in the investigation. This in turn caused the police to appear exactly as they did not want to appear – ineffective. In the case of the crime associated with the news video above: the responding agency did not have equipment that would best suit the investigation. Wisely, and in the best interest of the investigation, they chose to wait until appropriate equipment could be brought in. Kudos to the Topeka Police Department.
The writer of Hebrews provides the answer to this “Catch 22” scenario. Precisely because high interest in a case exists, extreme diligence to do the job right must be demanded. The number of eyes watching an investigation is directly proportional to the care needed in it. If you have a job to do, do it right, regardless of those urging you otherwise.