What do you think 2 Tim.4:3 means?

If you don't want to look it up, I will paste 3 different Bile translations of that scripture.

2 Timothy 4:3 (CEB)

3 There will come a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. They will collect teachers who say what they want to hear because they are self-centered.

2 Timothy 4:3 (CJB)

3 For the time is coming when people will not have patience for sound teaching, but will cater to their passions and gather around themselves teachers who say whatever their ears itch to hear.

2 Timothy 4:3 (NWTR)

3 For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the wholesome* teaching,+ but according to their own desires, they will surround themselves with teachers to have their ears tickled.* Footnote Or “to tell them what they want to hear.”

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  • 7 years ago
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    2 Timothy 4:3 "For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the wholesome* teaching,+ but according to their own desires, they will surround themselves with teachers to have their ears tickled.* Footnote Or “to tell them what they want to hear.”

    I believe the scripture answers this quiet well, nothing more should be added; nor needs to be.

    Source(s): God's inspired word.
  • 7 years ago

    How true that happens to be! For instance, the bible speaks against homosexual activity and yet now more than ever before people are saying statements such as; I was born that way, As long as there is love it doesn't matter and even saying I need to "explore" my sexuality.

    Then you have the easy access to Porn and how people think it is a good thing to watch it. They see no harm in any sort of sexual diviation as long as it is with "consenting adults".

    Does that build a strong relationship with the Creator? No it does not.

    So, to answer your question, people pick a religion like they pick a dish at a Smorgasborg. It is not out of what the Creator wants; it is selfish endeavor.

    Once the devil and demons are gone, we can see how wonderful an earth we can truly experience! What happy times. Rev. 21:3, 4, Rev. 20:1-5, Ps. 37:10, 11 and vs 29

  • 7 years ago

    It would be better said, that the time is coming when people seek out teachers that will only say things that are soothing to their ears, and that time has come here and now. Today, many ministers spend all their time teaching that people are good in heart, and they tickle your ears with all sorts of soothing talk, that you will never sin after you are saved. We know that even after we are saved, as long as we are in these flesh bodies, we are going to still fall short of God's Word, and need to ask forgiveness daily for those things that we do, as we commit them. Paul fell short just the same as you and I do, that is what repentance is all about, and it is the freedom that we have in Christ. Repentance brings peace back into the hearts of the congregation, and into the family. Forgiveness is the most beautiful thing of Christianity, for it shows us that God is available to those that do study His Word. It also brings rebuke to all those that would seek to do it any other way.

  • 7 years ago

    It means that people will reject the truth of God's word for lies that please their own sensibilities. Such lies as "Once saved always saved" when God's word plainly states that one must endure to the end to be saved. (Matthew 24:13) "God loves you, no matter what you do" According to the Bible this is not true. (Psalm 11:5) Not to mention those who bow at the altar of 'science' and try to retrofit evolutionary theory into the creation account. This eases the consciences of those who don't want to answer to God. (Psalm 10:4) Then there are the numerous holidays that are rooted in paganism and Babylonish teachings, but have been given a "Christian" stamp. Look at 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and see how God feels about that. I could go on but the point is clear: People choose to ignore what the Bible really teaches in favor of what they want to do or believe. They selfishly follow a religion based upon what they want to believe and not on pleasing God.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Some Prefer to Have Their “Ears Tickled”

    God made that heartfelt appeal to the Israelites because they were being misled by religious lies. (Psalm 106:35-40) We too must be on guard against falsehoods. Concerning professed Christians, Paul wrote: “There will be a period of time when they will not put up with the healthful teaching, but, in accord with their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled; and they will turn their ears away from the truth.”—2 Timothy 4:3, 4.

    Religious leaders tickle people’s ears by condoning practices that appeal to wrong desires, such as sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, and drunkenness. The Bible clearly states that those who approve of such things and those who practice them “will not inherit God’s kingdom.”—1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Romans 1:24-32.

    To be sure, it takes courage to live by Bible standards, especially in the face of ridicule, but it can be done. Among Jehovah’s Witnesses are many individuals who used to be drug addicts, drunkards, fornicators, street fighters, thieves, and liars. Yet, they took God’s Word to heart and with the help of holy spirit made changes in their lives so as to “walk worthily of Jehovah.” (Colossians 1:9, 10; 1 Corinthians 6:11) Having made peace with God, they also gained inner peace and, as we shall see, a genuine hope for the future.

  • Moi
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    that people would leave the security and trustworthiness of scripture for foolish philosophies of men

    Col 2:8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.

    1Cr 1:20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.

  • trugoy
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Sounds like the churches that teach false doctrine like the Trinity, hellfire and immortality of the soul. These aren't sound doctrine as they are not biblical. This doesn't stop preachers from fleecing their flock with fanciful words tho. They will answer for their deceit.

  • 7 years ago

    The most enduring "collection of teachers" ever: "The Holy Bible". Within this marvel of publication, one can find justification for or prohibition of anything under the sun.

  • James
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    The rise of Islam and Protestantism

    Source(s): Aspiring Eastern Orthodox monk
  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    It looks pretty self explanatory to me.

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