Okay, I admit it — I’ve worded this post for the search engines.
Many of you know that I don’t like ANY of the contemporary views of eschatology (end times); they all cheat. The only reason that they appear coherent is that their articulators make certain presuppositional decisions on key ideas and questions and then follow the resulting trajectories.
Naturally, I have my own thoughts about eschatology. That said, I sufficiently dislike eschatology enough that I won’t be laying out my thoughts on it on this blog (at least for some time – please let me enjoy it for a while). But, in a prefatory way, I want to lay out some questions every view needs to think about. I want to challenge your own presuppositions and lay out the key questions. My goal is that we’ll all realize how simplistic the answers so often are, and that we’d develop a healthy skepticism toward any view that claims to have it all figure out. That, and to annoy Tim LaHaye.
Here’s the First Installment: Why do so many Christians say the temple will be rebuilt in the end times when believers and the church are referred to as the temple?
Here are the more obvious instances where Christians or the whole body of Christ (the Church) are referred to this way:
1 Cor 3:16
16 Do you not know that you (plural – the church) are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you (plural) are that temple.
1 Cor 6:19-20
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
I’m sure you’ve all read these verses before, but why is it that we don’t think eschatologically when we read them? Perhaps we’ve been conditioned.