Hindi na nga po ba pinahahalagahan ni Cristo at ng mga unang Cristiano noong unang siglo ang Templo o Bahay Sambahan?
Sang-ayon po ba kayo kay aida na hindi na nga mahalaga sa panahong Cristiano ang physical na gusali ng Templo sa paglilingkod sa Dios?
Bakit nga po ba hindi nakapagtayo ng Kapilya, Templo, o Bahay Sambahan ang mga unang Cristiano noong unang siglo?
Nangangahulugan po ba ito na hindi na nga ipinag-uutos ng Dios ang paghahandog sa kanya ng pagsamba sa loob ng Templo?
One would probably wonder why in spite of the "multitudes that followed" our Lord to listen to His sermons, He did not bother to construct chapels, churches, and cathedrals. One may argue that with His three years ministry, He did not have much time for that activity. But, what about His apostles who had the time? They did not consider constructing physical structures when they also had a large following!
The answer to this question is, our Lord simply followed His word. His word is "spirit" or spiritual. His apostles believed and followed the example.
"Spiritual churches," were the groups of real believers. A careful thought of this will bring us to the command of God in Genesis 1:22: "Be fruitful and multiply." Fruitfulness refers to the individual believers’ spiritual fruit(s) coming from the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and "increase or multiply" was what Christ and His apostles actually did - the enlargement of the spiritual church or the different Christian groups that composed the "household of God."
EPHESIANS 2:19-20 "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;"
When we say that God does not live in "temples made with hands, " it does not apply to physical structures like chapels, churches, and cathedrals. More importantly, this applies to the spiritual temples who are the so-called Christians. Spiritual temples are made "with hands" if they are made righteous on the basis of human precepts, human doctrines, and the condemned religious traditions.
To think of chapels, churches, and cathedrals as the temples "made with hands" is too shallow for the real message. Some religious sects no longer think of these physical structures as the dwelling place of God. They openly profess that the members themselves are the spiritual temples. But can they escape the sharpness of the Word of God if the basis for righteousness of the members is only their respective religious tenets, and creeds, instead of the pure spiritual doctrines making up God’s standard of righteousness? Does not man "have a hand" in the "construction" of the spiritual temples in this case? Can he not accept God’s pure and perfect word?
PSALMS 127:1 "...Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it..."
God owns the "house" He builds. He does not accept "a house that He did not build." Paul realized this when he said in:
1 CORINTHIANS 6:19-20 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
Do we clearly see now why Jesus Christ and His apostles never constructed chapels, churches, and cathedrals? Instead, they zealously spent time, efforts, and everything in the "construction" of the living temples, who were the true and faithful followers of the Word. Just as our Lord condemned the Old Testament’s literal washing of the hands from the Bronze Laver practiced by the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 15:2-3) as a TRADITION, the literal building of physical temples has today degenerated into a simple religious tradition! No wonder, chapels, churches, and cathedrals had no place in the 1st century Christianity! Their construction has become a religious tradition originated by the first and the biggest religious sect, which was adopted by all religious denominations that compose Christianity Today.