The problem is not applying scripture to future events. If anything the problem is that too many American Christians spend way to much time trying to figure out future events when what they need to figure out is how to live today. The Old Testament prophets were not worried about prophesies for people living 3000 years later, they were helping the people they were living with right then deal with their relationships with each other and with God. Your whole conviction that scripture is so easy to understand and that so much of scripture refers to some far off event shows how little you understand about interpreting scripture. The minor prophets show the development of theology that had taken place by that period, as opposed to the time of Abraham to Moses. Micah 6:8 states a very similar thought to what Jesus states about what is required as the great commandment. Need a clear example of the change, of the clearing up of a misconception between the Old Testament and Jesus. The Old Testament states an "eye for an eye, and a life for a life." This sounds harsh and vindictive, but it was actually a call for limiting vengeance. Rather than killing a man in vengeance for taking your eye, you could only poke out his eye in return. Rather than killing a whole clan in return for someone having killed someone in your clan, you could only kill the murderer. Jesus however states, "you know the law that says, "an eye for an eye" but I tell you to turn the other cheek." Imagine that, Jesus moved from limiting your need for vengeance to a tit for tat, to forgiving the person who wronged you. You can start to see this theme in the minor prophets, but you sure don't see it when the Israelites entered the promised land. Did Jesus (God) change his mind? Decide to be more lenient all of a sudden? Or was this God's desire all along, and humans just wouldn't accept it. So either the writers of the Old Testament wrote it in a watered down state because they didn't like God's love of forgiveness, or God had to move humans along slowly, in steps. Heck, people today STILL don't buy "turn the other cheek," they STILL prefer "eye for an eye, life for life." And they don't even buy that one, they still prefer a life for an eye, a clan for a life. (Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.) And once again, WHICH written word is the infallible one. Certainly not ANY English translation. The original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts. Which ones, because the manuscripts are NOT all the same, there ARE differences, it is NOT as easy to translate accurately as you think. And are you saying that my years of seminary study don't help in interpreting what the Bible, and God, is trying to tell us? Seminary is traditionally a three year program. The disciples spent 3 years with Jesus as their professor. That's about as close to seminary as you could get. If you have spent 3 physical years with Jesus I guess you can get by without the seminary degree. So which one do you have?