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God’s Holy Temple
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God's Holy Temple
What does Christianity teach about God's holy temple?
The Bible teaches that through the Holy Spirit, God dwells in all believers. Therefore, all believers are God’s Holy Temple.
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
1 Corinthians 6:19
What does Mormonism teach about God's holy temple?
The LDS church teaches that worthy Mormons perform ordinances required for their eternal life in buildings dedicated to God as his Holy Temples. Only the worthy may come to the temples.
47 The Prophet Elijah was to plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to their fathers,
48 Foreshadowing the great work to be done in the temples of the Lord in the dispensation of the fulness of times, for the redemption of the dead, and the sealing of the children to their parents, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse and utterly wasted at his coming.
Doctrine and Covenants 138:47-48
Those who enter the temple must be worthy, which means that they keep the commandments and are prepared to make and keep sacred temple covenants. In two interviews—one with a member of a bishopric or a branch president and another with a member of a stake presidency or a mission president—Church members certify their worthiness to enter the temple. In these interviews, the priesthood leader asks about the individual’s personal conduct and worthiness. Those who are worthy receive a temple recommend, which allows them to enter the temple.
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Comparing the Differences: LDS Temples vs. Biblical Temples
LDS temples are considerably different from biblical temples. These differences are rooted in knowing who God is and what he has done.
All believers are God’s Holy Temple as the Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts all believers.
God’s Holy Temples are buildings where worthy Mormons perform ordinances required for their eternal life.