A popular habit of the Watchtower Society is to quote scriptures from about 2000 years ago - with no regard to the context of history
or culture that caused them to be written. Consider the matter of "riches"
Paul spoke about those "determined to be rich" stabbing themselves with many pains. Exactly what honest chance did a person
have in ancient Rome of getting rich by any means, other than outright robbery? Did they have a state lottery? Did they have a safety
net of welfare support? Did they offer scholarships for college? Did they value human rights and avoid corruption? Did they enforce
civil rights legislation? Did they have an active stock market, with accounting transparency and insured bank accounts?
Yet, scriptures like the above are freely quoted as if nothing has changed at all with regard to the possibility of an average person
Another one: James said that whoever would be a friend of the world is God's enemy. Do we still crucify criminals and put them
on public display to die? Do we execute entire populations - down to the last woman or child as a matter of policy?
Do we have civil rights legislation that has given opportunity to millions? Do we support "Indians" ( we formerly fought) with
welfare assistance? Do we conquer nations like Germany or Japan and leave them far better off than they were before -
unlike the entire previous history of conquest in warfare? Do we send millions of dollars to starving nations?
Yet, again, the world is freely identified as "God's enemy" - with no regard to modern reality.
And then there's sex.....
Is "fornication" still as wrong if unwanted babies are prevented by birth control - unlike the Romans and others who dumped
them in local garbage heaps? Is it wrong to be a single mom if you have the financial means to raise a child by yourself?
or is the difference in being "wrong" just marginal here?
I could go on and on but I suppose that recognizing that most of the world has changed would water down the endless
"Armageddon Soon!" mantra - as well as giving credit to Christendom's churches for influencing human society to change
for the better, across centuries.