The Oldest Known Murder?

If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death at the evidence of witnesses, but no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.  Numbers 35:30

The recent popular news story (linked above) makes a bold statement. The pictured skull is a 500,000-year-old clue revealing the world’s oldest known murder. My brother in crime solving, J. Warner Wallace, could not solve this cold case) which as they go has to be around absolute zero). Or maybe he could…he’s pretty good…I’ll have to ask him.

According to the story this skull (reconstructed in the photo) was found in a pit with many other bits of human skeleton. The article does state that it is impossible to say that the deceased was murdered but it is probably what happened.

Sorry folks, “probably” does not cut it in a murder investigation. While the referenced report does a good job of showing the injury was made before death; it does not prove murder. It proves simply the person had two similar sized holes in his head before death. That’s it!  Bold statements require proof beyond one piece of evidence. As prescribed in the laws of the ancient Hebrews, one witness does not provide sufficient proof.

Hasty decisions repeatedly equate poor determinations. With this skull as that of a murder victim; and another as a killer.

The witness/evidence,  two holes in the skull, no more prove the victim was murdered than it proves he (like this young warrior) overestimated his combat skills. Note the points of impact are very similar. The possibilities are endless but the truth is always singular. There is only one reason the fellow died and due to the lack of witnesses we will never really know.

The best pieces of evidence will cascade,  lead to each other, and to a single truth.

As Christians we are expected to witness whenever possible in order to lead people toward salvation in Christ. How many witnesses, pieces of evidence, do we need to make our case stick? I can think of nine that have an extremely high rate of effectiveness. They are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  When these evidences are presented in one cohesive case I have never seen them fail to convict (a person’s heart that is).

F.Y.I. I think the oldest known murder is when Cain killed Able.

Come back next time for Part 2 of The CSI’s Utility Belt!

The CSI’s Utility Belt Part 1

toy_utility_beltAll Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

A certain black-caped superhero is famous for pulling just what he needs, just when he needs it, from his utility belt. No matter how dire the situation super villains put Batman in, he is able to pull a Bat-something from his handy Bat Utility Belt and save the day.

Crime Scene Investigators don’t battle super villains but we do use an interesting array of equipment to fight crime. Over the next few weeks some of my posts will explore some of the tools we CSI’s have hidden away in our handy “Utility Belts.” Some might be what you’d expect, some maybe not, some will surprise you.

Today’s CSI is equipped to do good works in solving crimes and bring justice. The manner in which some of our tools came to be used have been explained as coincidence and circumstance. However, I cannot think that God’s inspiration is not responsible for most of that equipment.

My next CSI Utility Belt post will spotlight the CSI’s very own Anti-Invisibility Wand. Don’t miss it!

The Wheels of Justice Turn Slowly

Saretta 2007
time travel by nocturnal fate Saretta 2007

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,  so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.   – Galatians 4:4-5

Explainer: how to solve a jewel heist (and why it takes so long).

The Hatton Garden Heist, a brazen burglary that netted about $300 million in loot was carried out on April 21, 2015.  After sound police work the news story from May 21 (linked above) reports that suspects have been taken into custody. A heist such as this would be solved in 45 minutes (with commercials) on any of the popular crime shows. Why was Scotland Yard so slow?

Truth-be-told,  the wheels of justice most often turn slowly. A month or so isn’t bad at all. Meticulous crime scene search, evidence collection, and analysis take time, sometimes even years.In the fullness of the necessary time discoveries are made which lead to generation of suspects, to arrests, to trial, to justice served.  There are certain standards that must be met in a criminal investigation to ensure a case will stand up in court. So kudos to Scotland Yard and all those involved in solving this case.

The ancient nation of Israel wanted justice. Jehovah promised justice would be served and a heavenly kingdom would reign on earth. They waited, and waited for their promised Messiah to come and set things right. I am sure they would have preferred the case to be resolved in 45 minutes but it did not. Like a good criminal case certain standards and situations had to be in place to implement that kingdom’s come.

In Galatians, the Apostle Paul explained that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth in just the right manner under the  law so he would be accepted by God’s chosen people. He came at the precise right time when his teachings could be communicated to the farthest reaches of the world. A common language (Greek) was the language spoken across the world (primarily the Roman Empire). This standard did not previously exist. He also came at the precise time when physical travel was possible for those who carried the Gospel to the world.  A network of roads, primarily constructed and policed by the Roman Empire, gave travel options unknown before.  When those certain standards were met and with due diligence (fullness) justice was served. Christ came to the earth and the kingdom of heaven on earth was born. The sentencing and punishment phase of justice for all guilty parties involved will come at a later date (also in the fullness of time). Praise be to God, His Son Jesus, and to the Apostles and disciples who spread his gospel across the world at just the right time.