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Summary: BIAS IS PROBLEMATIC AND DANGEROUS.

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THE PERIL OF BIAS

OBSERVATION: WEBSTER DEFINES BIAS AS AN INCLINATION OF THE MIND: A BENT, PREJUDICE. AUTHOR DOUGLAS CONNELLY SUGGESTS PROVERBS IS A COLLECTION OF PRACTICAL PRINCIPLES TO GOVERN YOUR LIFE. MOST SCHOLARS CREDIT KING SOLOMON AND A FEW OTHER WRITERS AS AUTHORS.

INTERPRETATION: PROVERBS 18:17 (NKJV) THE FIRST ONE TO PLEAD HIS CAUSE SEEMS RIGHT, UNTIL HIS NEIGHBOR COMES AND EXAMINES HIM. PROVERBS 18:17 (THE BOOK-PARAPHRASE) ANY STORY SOUNDS TRUE UNTIL SOMEONE SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT).

POINTS TO PONDER: WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY DEFINES BIAS AS AN INCLINATION OF THE MIND, A BENT, PREJUDICE. THIS STUDY HAS OVERTONES OF A JUDICIAL ENVIRONMENT.

EVIDENCE OF ONE PERSON ALONE IS NOT ALWAYS DEPENDABLE. AN OLD PROVERB STATES, “ONE TALE IS GOOD UNTIL ANOTHER IS TOLD”.

MAN IS PRONE TO TAKE HIS OWN SIDE IN DISPUTED ISSUES. REEXAMINATION MAY BRING TRUE LIGHT INTO THE ISSUE.

WHOEVER SPEAKS FIRST MAY APPEAR AND PRESENT HIMSELF IN FAVORABLE, PLAUSIBLE AND CONVINCING MANNER. THE SECOND PERSON APPEARS AND EXAMINES HIM MORE THOROUGHLY,

APPLICATION: PROVERBS 17: 20 (THE BOOK) THE CROOKED HEART WILL NOT PROSPER; THE TWISTED TONGUE TUMBLES INTO MORE TROUBLE!


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