Originally posted by wolfgang59
Written by bronze-age, ignorant, superstitious fools.
The Romans hadn't discovered iron smelting? I am pretty sure you are crediting the New Testament with being much older than it really is, or even claims to be. Even the Old Testament was written well after the end of the bronze age.
As for the context, the writer qualifies his statement by saying it is not the word of God but his own opinion (clearly contradicting many Christians beliefs that the Bible is wholly the word of God, although I am sure they will chime in to say it is nevertheless 'God inspired' ) .
He also mentions 'the present distress' which suggest there was war or political turmoil of some kind and he was suggesting not getting married for this reason.
I think the writer was probably superstitious, but he was no fool, nor was he particularly ignorant for the time (he was probably in the top 1% in terms of education given that he could write at all), and he certainly wasn't bronze age.