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TEMPLES – PART TWO

Last time I talked about the striking contrast between what the Bible says about temples and what Mormonism teaches.  According to the Bible, temples are where God dwells.  And the New Testament says that is in the body of each believer!  Mormonism, however, says that temples are where God visits and its emphasis is on the temples they build.

Now I want to compare what happens in each temple.  The Old Testament temple vividly emphasized how sin had separated man from God.  I say that because the temple was off-limits to the vast majority of Israelites.  Only the eligible priests from the one family of Aaron could enter it.  Everybody else, even the kings, were forbidden to enter.  Just think of coming to church each week and having to stay in the parking lot and never once being able to enter the building!

The other thing that emphasized the serious nature of sin was all the bloody sacrifices that were offered there.  The courtyard of the Old Testament temple had all the sights, smells, and sounds of a slaughterhouse as one animal after another was sacrificed on the altar.  Throughout the centuries, the fact that “without shedding of blood is no remission” (Heb. 9:22) was vividly drilled into them.

All that changed with Jesus’ death on the cross.  In his blood we have forgiveness of sins. Through his work we have access to God.  “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, to say, his flesh.” (Hebrews 9:19-20)  Because Jesus has removed our sins, God now dwell within believers – we now are the temples of God.

And we are to offer up sacrifices – sacrifices of praise.  “By him, therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips given thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)

How much difference the temples of Mormonism!  Access to them is gained, not by what Jesus has done, but what the person has done.  Members have to become worthy themselves to enter the temple.  And the ordinances done there have nothing in common with biblical temples.  For example, eternal marriages for both the living and the dead not only are not mentioned in the Bible, they contradict Jesus’ own teaching about marriage.  There is not one single aspect where LDS temples resemble biblical temples.

But many people don’t realize that.  One reason they don’t is because Mormonism often talks about their temples as a continuation of biblical temples.  Even numerous Mormons don’t realize the difference.  More than a few have vehemently objected when I have made this point.

Mormonism’s attempted linkage between its temples and biblical temples is confusing and dishonest.  There is no similarity between the two.

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3 Responses to “TEMPLES – PART TWO”


  1. September 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Reblogged this on Let It Shine and commented:
    The purpose of the temple in the Bible compared to the purpose of the temples of Mormonism. Very informative.

  2. 2 Kent
    September 27, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Joseph Smith drank wine and he even drank the day before he died and he very well may have smoked that night also. So much for the Word of Wisdom, ironic that Smith himself wasn’t even temple worthy.

    By the way, all of this information I am posting here is not from some so called anti Mormon source but is from the Mormon’s own History of the Church that is available from byu.edu.

    “Before the jailor came in, his boy brought in some water, and said the guard wanted some wine. Joseph gave Dr. Richards two dollars to give the guard; but the guard said one was enough, and would take no more.
    The guard immediately sent for a bottle of wine, pipes, and two small papers of tobacco; and one of the guards brought them into the jail soon after the jailor went out. Dr. Richards uncorked the bottle, and presented a glass to Joseph, who tasted, as also Brother Taylor and the doctor, and the bottle was then given to the guard, who turned to go out. When at the top of the stairs some one below called him two or three times, and he went down.” (History of the Church, Volume 6, Chapter 34, Page 616]

    http://byustudies2.byu.edu/hc/hcpgs/hc.aspx

    Also, Joseph Smith had a license to sell alchohol from his house

    “Ordinance on the Personal Sale of Liquors.
    Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of Nauvoo, that the Mayor of the city be and is hereby authorized to sell or give spirits of any quantity as he in his wisdom shall judge to be for the health and comfort, or convenience of such travelers or other persons as shall visit his house from time to time.
    Passed December 12, 1843.

    Joseph Smith, Mayor.

    Willard Richards, Recorder.” (History of the Church Volume 6, Chapter 5, Page 111)

    http://byustudies2.byu.edu/hc/hcpgs/hc.aspx

    in closing again:

    SAVED=ETERNAL LIFE!

    BY NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

  3. September 30, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Mark said, ” All that changed with Jesus’ death on the cross. in HIS BLOOD we have forgiveness of sin.
    Through HIS WORK we have access to God .” AMEN !!! That says it all .
    Joseph Smith felt that God was directing him restore many teaching that were part of the religion of
    Israel in the O.T. hence we see in Mormonism consistent reference to laws, commandments, rules,
    all of which have a direct bearing on a person’s gaining a right relationship with God that leads to
    eternal life .Polygamy was one such example of a belief that needed restoring , building Temples
    is another. A examination of what Mormon leaders have offered as “gospel truths’ since their
    alleged appointment by God reveals an unstable pattern of what they have promoted as necessary
    to gain God’s approval for their lives that will “qualify” them for eternal life .This includes what was
    taught as required to gain access to the Temple , which is neccessary to gain eternal life with God.
    Unlike what Mormon authorities have taught as truth from Jesus , people who wish to follow Jesus
    can place their trust in Him as He is the way to God’s presence in heaven , a personal relationship
    with Jesus ( not just a effort that sees Him an the example to follow ) is what gains a person access
    to God —-not some secret rites in a man-made Temple. ( and yes these have been described to be
    “secret” by influencial Mormons ) . The Mormon people deserve to know what God thinks about them
    how He loves them so much and also how they have been detoured by their apostles into embracing a
    imitation gospel —Gal.1:8 . Being detoured is’nt the problem as much as not realizing that you’ve been
    detoured , so may the Mormon people come to see what is being shared here by Mark as what God
    can use to get their attention .


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