When you shouldn’t trust experts

In 2000, National Football League (NFL) scouts reported on Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr, an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots:

  • Poor Build
  • Skinny
  • Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush
  • Lacks a really strong arm
  • Can’t drive the ball downfield
  • Does not throw a really tight spiral
  • System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib
  • Gets knocked down easily.

When Brady remembered what they said about him, he wrote “you can prove them right or you can prove them wrong.” He did prove them wrong because he didn’t believe the expert(s)’s reports. Today, he is one of only two players to win five Super Bowls and the only player to win them all playing for one team. Gerd Gigerenzer, the author of Reckoning With Risk, Learning To Live With Uncertainty writes “An unknown number of people who are not infected with HIV commit suicide because they test positive in screening, not realizing that false positives occur. Each year, some 100,000 German women without breast cancer have part of their breasts surgically removed in the follow-up after a positive test, and only a few of them know that most positive screening mammograms are false positives.” Imagine if many of those people that got tested for HIV or Breast Cancer had responded like Brady Jr did, they would not have gone through unnecessary trauma…Like Brady, you shouldn’t trust experts report when it is not in line with God’s promises.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” ~ Jesus Christ