The following articles are related to the topic of TEMPLE

How Does this Man Know “Letters”?

"What did the Jews mean when they described Jesus with these words: 'How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?' (John 7:15 - KJV, ASV).If he had never learned, how did he write on the ground (John 8:6,8)?" Some appreciation of the background behind John 7:15 is helpful in understanding the meaning of this passage. In chapter 5 of John's ... read more »

Did Jesus Violate the Sabbath?

"A Christian writer/speaker, who travels extensively and lectures on 'Does God Exist?,' has written that the Bible indicates that Jesus, on one occasion, 'violated' the Old Testament Sabbath-day law. He has cited the Gospel of Mark 2:23-24. Would you comment on this?" It is very unfortunate that the misguided gentleman made such a reckless and unfounded assertion. The statement is ... read more »

The Old Testament and Incense

One of the amazing evidences of Bible inspiration is that of prophecy-especially predictive prophecy. Predictive prophecy presents facts regarding events that are to happen in the future. Since no ordinary human can know what is to happen in the future, prophetic statements reflect the orchestration of God in the foretelling of certain things that are to take place eventually. One ... read more »

Is the Restoration Plea Valid?

There are two basic attitudes relative to the Christian religion. One disposition affirms that Jehovah, across several millennia of history, meticulously prepared for the advent of Christ and the spiritual system which he would inaugurate. It argues that Christianity, as such existed in the first century under the guidance of inspired teachers, was exactly what God intended it to be. ... read more »

Some Contrasts Between the Nature of the Mosaic System and Christianity

Paul once wrote: "But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he differs nothing from a bondservant though he is lord of all; but is under guardians and stewards until the day appointed of the father. So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the rudiments of the world" (Gal. 4:1-3). In ... read more »

Examining Premillennialism

A flood of paperback books, advocating the theory of premillennialism, has invaded the religious market in recent years. One of the first widely-popular efforts was titled, The Late Great Planet Earth. It was authored by Hal Lindsey, a graduate of the school of theology at the Dallas Theological Seminary. The thrust of Lindsey's book is two-fold: First, it espouses the ... read more »

Exploring the Concept of Priesthood

The theme of priests and priesthood is prominent within the Scriptures. One is first introduced to the concept of a priest in the book of Genesis, and the role lingers until the sacred canon closes. The office of the priest is mentioned some 700 times in the Old Testament, and approximately 80 times in the New Testament. It is obvious ... read more »

3 John 2 – Body and Soul

Does man consist solely of flesh and bones, or is there an eternal "something" that resides within the tabernacle of flesh? Materialism, both secular and religious, advocates the notion that human beings are wholly mortal. But the Bible teaches otherwise. The apostle John shows an obvious distinction between the body and the soul in the following passage. "Beloved, I pray ... read more »

The Altar of Incense: Where Was It Located?

"In Exodus 40:26, the Bible states that the 'golden altar' was in the holy place of the tabernacle, in front of the veil. On the other hand, the book of Hebrews (9:3-4) seems to suggest that the altar of incense was in the most holy place. How can these passages be harmonized?" In responding to this question, some background information ... read more »

The Silence of the Scriptures: Permissive or Prohibitive?

One of the controversies that has raged in the world of "Christendom" for centuries is the matter of whether or not the "silence" of the Scriptures must be respected or ignored. Some allege that whatever is not expressly forbidden is allowed in religious practice; others contend that anything not authorized is not permitted. The dispute surfaced early in the post-apostolic ... read more »