This article was very thought provoking. I think we tend to sell ourselves
short, but I think we also tend to be too eager to belittle others as well. Do
we regard our fellow ward members with such great potential, or do we note the
labels on their clothing and decide that the paupers in our midst may not
inherit quite as many blessings as we ourselves feel in line to receive?The notion was well addressed in the article that within the temple
walls, worldly degrees and titles are of no importance as people from all
backgrounds and histories sit together; dressed in white. In a way then, our
temples are much better than castles where servants waited upon their masters.
In our temples, the master waits patiently for us.
Yes. We have all done silly things. Thank God for the Savior's Atonement,
so we have the chance to repent and overcome our silly moments--even our serious
sins, for all have fallen "short of the Glory of God." The temple, in
its outward appearance and inward ordinances, should remind us of those right
things we should be doing to be worthy of God's Grace.
This is a lovely reminder. But all children of God are sons of the King,
temple-goers or not, according to God's original Word.From the
LDS perspective, I agree that all temples should resemble castles. Do you
concede the same freedom of expression and belief to the FLDS, whose temples and
ceremonies are very similar, and closer to Joseph's original endowment
ceremony? I do hope so.For pure Biblical believers (evangelicals,
literalists) nothing in the LDS temple is close to the O.T. temple. That was
all about cleansing through the sacrifice for sins. All about the smells of
blood dripping from freshly slaughtered lambs, goats and bulls. The Holy of
Holies was a much more serene and holy place, but inhabited by one human only-
the High Priest...Definitely not a castle picture in reality and
history. But those who believe in Jesus as The Word, have the "power to
become the children of God"- John 1:12-13. Make sure you are in the right
castle with the true King. The Creator of all knows no other gods anywhere in
His Universe: Isaiah 40-47.