Even when some JWs came to my house with the "signs of the times" scripture, I replied back with, "If you make an analysis of any timeperiod, you will have the same "signs of the times."
When they disagreed, I explained that due to technology, you just hear about it more.
JFK had the 1st ever televised presidential debate. All anyone had to do was turn the TV to the correct station. You can watch a series called "The industructibles" which concerns people in horrible accidents that lived to tell the tale. On YouTube you can watch a video of people cheering and going crazy at a Football
game and falling off the bleechers into the playing field or just onto those below. A coworker was telling people to "get right with God" after the recent earthquake that affected Japan. Did she mention the earthquakes that were in the 60's in Alaska & Chile that were 2X and 5X as powerful as the earthquake in Japan? Haiti? Indeonesia? 1700's off Washington? Tambora? Krakatoa? Vesuvius? The "little ice age"? The Black Death? Of course not. People think, 'Right now' is the worst that it's ever been.
"Wars and Rumors of wars" What a joke. Let's take the USA's 200 years, which is only 1/10th of what's gone on since Herod. The Revolution, 1812, Spanish-American, Alamo>Mexican, Civil War, the only "Peace" the USA has ever known, WWI, Depression, WWII, Cold War >>, Korea, Vietnam, Iran-Contra Affair << Cold War ends, Gulf War, Serbia, Korea II
, Kosovo, "War on Terror" >> Afganistan, Iraq II. I feel like I missed some... About 1 every 10 years or so, with a few lasting more than 10 years. So "Wars and rumors of wars" describes the entire existence of the USA. Rather I should saw, during the entirety of the USA's existence there have always been wars, or rumors of wars. Because somewhere on this Earth, there's someone, or some place at war.
The "signs of the times" are synonymous with human existence. That also helped me break away. When I finally sat down and analyzed many time periods and every crack-pot like Harold Camping.
When I was a gullible christian, when they said that Paul's personal feelings in scripture didn't contradict the Bible, because he admitted it wasn't from God, I believed it. But 2 Timothy 3:16 basically states, every word is from God and not man. There's a reason they don't teach both of those verses at the same time! They clearly want you to forget the first before they teach you the second.
Well, there was a point I was going to make, but I'm now too sleepy to remember.
Anyways, Kudos Truth OT. For looking at the Bible and analyzing it, instead of keeping the presupposition that every bit of it was inherently true, just because it said so. For understanding what Jesus mean when he said, "There are those in THIS
who will not pass away..."