I Am The Walrus…But I Am Not A Killer!

I Am The Walrus

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 However the title of “killer” has been rescinded after examination of more complete fossils.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.

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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.

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! No Lie!

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”  – Peter 5:8

In the 1939 movie classic Wizard of Oz, Tin Man warned Dorothy, Scarecrow, of dangerous predators in the forest. They sang “lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!” while nervously skipping through the woods. The predator they met was the cowardly lion.

In days gone by parents in most countries warned their children of predatory animals in the wild. In some less developed countries they still do. Why would parents scare children with warnings of being eaten? Parents warned their children because the predatory animals would eat their children. It was an accepted fact. Today, in most countries, civilization has driven the wild areas well away from population groups. The chances of children actually being eaten by wild animals has diminished greatly in all but the most remote areas.

Yet parents should keep the old ways alive. Because predators do not all live in the wild. Lions, and tigers, and bears look like predators. They have claws and large sharp teeth and their appearance conveys a natural fear.  However human child predators don’t seem so dangerous. Child sexual predators and child pornographers live among us. They can appear the normal man or woman who live next door.

The two news stories below illustrate they are near and far and may be the most unlikely suspects.

Erika Perdue, Dallas Socialite, Arrested For Allegedly Trading Child Pornography From Mansion.

BBC News – Australian police make child porn ring arrests.

There is a difference between animal and human predators. Animal predators eat to live. Human predators live to destroy innocence. They have no remorse for their actions. Children are merely things to them. The most depraved of criminals target the most innocent of victims. It is a tactic that the devil has propagated for thousands of years and is becoming more prevalent every year. The apostle Peter was not warning early Christians of animal predators in the verse above. He warned of something far worse.

In my own town, a toddler was playing within eyesight of his father.  An unknown man simply walked up to the child, picked him up, and started to carry him away. The man’s view of the father was blocked by a retaining wall. The father yelled at the predator who dropped the child and ran. The father remarked at how calm and nonchalant the perpetrator was until he interfered. This incident took less than a minute. Had the father not been there the child would have been gone just that quickly. I shudder to think of what might have happened to him.

This is not a danger that only happens to other people. It is a very real, very serious, threat to our children. Parents must take this seriously and act accordingly. If this scares any of you parents, I will not apologize. I have sadly seen the results of these predations when no one was there to help the child.

Lions, and tigers, and bears are merely doing what they were created to do.  We should fear them to a degree. Humans were not created for this. We should hold a greater fear of their existence. We as parents and neighbors must have a greater diligence in defending the innocent from them.