Our consciences determine religious realities whether they reflect reality or not.
What is important is faith expressing itself in love. Gal. 5:6 NLT
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Cor. 6:19-20 NLT
Things got off to an extraordinary start!
AD 70 the Jewish temple was destroyed
"In this sign, conquer."
The Holy Roman Empire
Christianity went from being a persecuted minority to an empowered majority.
Arian controversy - begotten
"I hereby make a public order, that if someone should be discovered to have hidden a writing composed by Arius, and not have immediately brought it forward and destroyed it by fire, his penalty shall be death." Emperor Constantine
Sacred men became the gatekeepers of heaven and hell.
1517 - Reformation
Martin Luther was excommunicated
"A man, a simple layman, armed with scripture is greater than the mightiest pope without it." Martin Luther
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. John 13:34-35 NLT
You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart. 1 Peter 1:22 NLT
There is a little temple model in all of us.
Jesus died for you.
What is God's love for us and for those around us began to inform our consciences and shape our behaviors?