Within Protestant Christianity there are Christians who stand with Orthodox Jews hoping for the building of the third Temple in Jerusalem. Some Evangelical Christians believe that the building of the Temple is a prophetic step towards the return of Jesus, others think that it’s unessential and would be a bad idea.
The possible rebuilding of the Temple would obviously cause issues with Muslims around the world considering that the Dome of the Rock would have to be destroyed to make room on the Temple mount. Additionally, some are worried about the theological implications of its return.
Will animal sacrifices resume?
What role will the Temple play in the life of believers? After all, before the destruction of the second Temple Christians engaged in Temple worship. [click to continue…]
St. Irenaeus, one of the most important early Church fathers of the 2nd century, said,
The initial step for a soul to come to knowledge of God is contemplation of nature.
St. Basil the Great, another significant early Church father, said,
I want creation to penetrate you with so much admiration that wherever you go, the least plant may bring you the clear remembrance of the Creator ….One blade of grass or one speck of dust is enough to occupy your entire mind in beholding the art with which it has been made.
St. John Chrysostom is considered one of the greatest preacher of the early Church and he said,
[T]here is nothing that has been created without some reason, even if human nature is incapable of knowing precisely the reason for them all.
So, what’s the importance of these quotes from such great men of God? [click to continue…]