Jehovah's Witnesses. Multi choice bible question. "Tear down this temple..."?

Jesus was speaking of the temple of

A. His mind?

B. His body?

C. His spirit?

D. His soul?

No interpretation required.

What does the Bible say that Jesus was talking about?

I'm sure anyone in Christendom can answer this correctly. Can a Jehovah's Witness?


con drum


as a matter of fact i watched "david" on veoh only yesterday. really brings it to life on the big screen ay?

but as to the rest


Update 2:

ahh i think i get what u say con drum. but it is not me dressing up in a suit and going out all squeaky clean looking when we know that peodphiles have safe harbour in your congregations.

Update 3:

easter is mentioned in the kjv. syke!

Update 4:

slave of ijah

where is the trick? i ask you a simple q to look in your bible and report back what it says. what do you have against the bible?

no contradictions in the bible. different scriptures give additional information about the same thing. you must come to an understanding that accomodates both.

not use one to falsify the other

heeheehee look at them dance.

quote from homer simpson

Update 5:


anticipated this response. been dealing with jws for a while now.

can't be the correct interpretation to say it meant the church. when was the church destroyed and then rebuilt after 3 days?

when you can't find the answer you'll have to revert to the defalt meaning

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    One major error leading to an incorrect understanding of Scripture is failing to take into consideration figurative or symbolic language. This is many times a purposeful tactic of those who want to promote their own theology when they recognize that there is no real Scriptural evidence for their belief. One of the most basic and recognized rule of Bible interpretation (exegesis) is that the meaning of a symbolic verse must be interpreted by explicit literal statements.

    When someone fails to abide by the rules of interpretation they always end up contradicting explicit statements in the Bible. That is the case here, since EVERY explicit statement in Scripture shows that God raised Jesus, and that he was raised with a spirit body not a visible fleshly one.

    These two verses are used by some to say that Jesus literally raised his own body from the dead even though he was dead; Thus proving that he was God. And they point to the statement that what was raised was “the temple of his body” as evidence that he was resurrected with his fleshly body.

    This already is very hard to imagine, but let's look at the Biblical evidence to see if such reasoning makes good sense.

    What these individuals fail to keep in mind is that Jesus here used the term "temple" figuratively, with reference to his body. So, we are obviously dealing with a figurative statement, and thus an accurate interpretation must recognize the non-literal aspect to Christ’s statements.

    So first of all, does this mean that he literally, "by himself," would raise up his body? To use the language of this figurative account to draw this conclusion would be to contradict every explicit statement in Scripture dealing with Christ’s resurrection: The bible says he "was raised from dead" not "he raised himself". All explicit scriptures clearly show that “his God and Father” was the one who raised Christ up (Ac. 3:32; 5:30, 31; 10:40; Rom. 8:11; 15:6; 1Cor. 15:15; Eph. 1:17,20; Gal 1:1; Heb. 13:20).

    So why did Christ say here that “he” would raise the temple of his body? We can find the answer if we note numerous other examples of this type of speech in the Bible.

    Many times the Bible uses language that a person can achieved the goal of salvation by himself as if it was without the aid of God.

    1Tim.4:16 says: "Stay by these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you"

    Can we literally "save ourselves?" Or is Jehovah the one who saves us through his Son? Yet Paul said here that we could “save ourselves!" (cf. Lk. 9:24).

    Lk 8:48: "But he said to her: "Daughter, your faith has made you well." Did the "girls'" faith make her well? Or was it God's power? Jesus said it was the girls' own faith that did it.

    Lk. 7:50 states: "For whoever wants to save his soul will lose it; but whoever loses his soul for my sake is the one that will save it."

    This verse is very interesting because it says that "*before*" the person who wants to "save" his soul must first literally die! So then, are we to imagine that a person can save his own soul, and give himself life again, or raise his body up, *by himself*, even though he is dead? Of course not. Yet the fact remains, that Jesus said that one could SAVE HIS OWN SOUL here. So recognizing the figurative nature of these words, we understand them in the same way we can understand Christ’s words at Jn 2:19,21.

    All these examples, as well as others not mentioned here, show that one can be credited for something as having done it by himself. People are said to achieve for themselves salvation or being healed, or coming back to life, but in actuality it was God who performed the miracle because of their faithfulness. This is similar to Jesus’ “raising himself.”

    Well know non-Witness scholars also understand that this verse should not be construed to mean that Christ raised himself:

    “For by the N.T. writers God the Father is always designated as the Agent of Christ's Resurrection (Acts 2:24, 3:1, 5, 4:10, 10:40, 13:30, Rom. 4:14, 8:11, 10:l9, 1 Cor. 6:14, Gal. 1:1, Eph. 1:20, 1 Thes. 1:10, Heb. 13:20, 1 Pet. 1:12). Jesus is not represented as raising Himself.”—J.H. Bernard, The International Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to St John, Vol. II, p. 95.

    “Recall Jn 2:19 where Jesus said: "And in three days I will raise it up." He did not mean that he will raise himself from the dead independently of the Father as the active agent (Rom. 8:11).—A.T. Robertson, Word Picture in the New Testament, Vol. V, p. 183.

    “But the objection disappears if we simply give due weight to the figurative nature of the expression...that the causa efficiens, i.e. the actual revivifying power, is the Father.”--H. A. W. Meyer, Critical and Exegetical Hand-Book to the Gospel of John

    There are many other Scriptural examples where one person is spoken of as doing a thing, not because he actually does it, but because he predicts it or it results from some action of his (Heb.11:7; Jer.1:10; Ezk.43:3; Mat. 12:41). Did these persons actually do themselves what it states they did? No! The Father, Jehovah is the one who in actuality did the action. Interpreting these idiomatic statements literally would lead to error and cause a contradiction in the Bible.

    When the prophets spoke under inspiration it was as good as done. Similarly Jehovah resurrected his son but Jesus could speak of doing it in a prophetic sense or in the sense that he had the authority to receive life again. This authority came not on his own power but from God; Jn. 10:17,18.

    The context irrefutably confirms that Jesus was figuratively using this same prophetic language because John concludes this account in verse 22 by saying "He WAS RAISED from the dead" not that he literally did it himself. Nowhere does any bible writer record that Jesus raised himself from the dead.

    The Scriptures are quite clear that it was the "God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" who resurrected His Son, as we find at Hebrews 5:7: "He offered up prayers and entreaties, crying aloud with tears to Him who was always able to save Him out of death". This verse does NOT say that Jesus rescued himself from death. Rather Jesus was rescued from death by his God and Father. If Jesus were “God in the flesh” or equal to Almighty God, he would not need to beg someone else to save him!

    Next, any interpretation that claims that Christ’s literal physical body was resurrected must ignore the context of Scripture and contradict EVERY explicit statement in the Bible regarding Christ’s heavenly body.

    Again the figurative language here (verse 21) makes it clear that it was not his fleshly literal body that was raised up but "the temple of his body." The parallel accounts make clear that Jesus was not talking about resurrecting his *fleshly* body here but was indicating that he would be resurrected with a *spirit* body. Mr 14:58 says: “We heard him say, I will destroy THIS TEMPLE THAT IS MADE WITH HANDS, and within three days I will build ANOTHER MADE WITHOUT HANDS.” So Mark adds the details contrasting Christ’s body “made with hands” with the one that would be raised “without hands.”

    Paul used this same terminology regarding the resurrected bodies of Christians (2Cor.5:1,2). He said that their "earthly

    house" (their present physical body) would be "destroyed" and they would a “heavenly one” “not made with hands” (1Co 15:50; Heb 9:11).

    Every explicit Scripture absolutely confirms that Christ has an invisible spirit body rather than a physical one:

    Jesus was "put to death in the flesh, but "made" alive in the spirit." (1Pet 3:18, NRSV, NASV, ACV, WEB, NWT).

    1.) 1 Cor. 15:45: "[Jesus Christ] became a life-giving spirit." (1Cor.15:35- 49; Cf. 2 Cor.5:1-4, 2Pet.1:13-14).

    2.) 1 Cor. 15:50 "flesh and blood cannot inherit God's kingdom (Cf. Ac.13:34).

    3.) Heb. 1:3 Jesus is now "the exact representation of [God's] very being." God is a Spirit and has never been flesh.

    4.) 1 Tim.6:16 says that he is one who "dwells in unapproachable light, whom not one of men has seen or can see."

    5.) The Bible says that Christ returns in glory with all the angels under him, and that he 'sits down on his glorious throne.' (Matt.25:31) If Jesus were flesh, he would be lower in station than the angels (Heb.2:7-9, Phil.2:7-10). He will never be flesh again.

    (There is no scriptural evidence to suggest that Jesus has two natures: one human and the other divine. He is now, simply put, a "life-giving spirit" (1Co 15:45).)

    So, the scriptures clearly state that Jesus and the saints will have "spirit" bodies like the angels. That a fleshly body cannot be in heaven. That Jesus cannot be seen. They consistently and explicitly contrast a body of flesh and a heavenly spirit body. At his resurrection from the dead, Jesus was brought forth with a spirit body.

    Conversely there is no explicit Scripture that states he has a body of flesh. The only way we could say this is if we rip figurative language out of context and twist it to agree with our personal theology.

    "Corporeal visibility to men in the present life is a dream, altogether unsanctioned in the New Testament, and calculated from age to age to involve feeble believers in disappointment."— Glasgow; The Apocalypse, Translated and Expounded, p. 126. Edinburgh, 1872.



    Source(s): Explicit Scriptures and sound rules of Exegesis
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  • 1 decade ago

    This is a trick question. You try to trick Jesus' true followers just as the scribes, Pharisees, Sadducee's, and other hypocrites tried to trick Jesus with their cunning questions. (Luke 20:19-25 for just one example.)

    Not only that, you think you know the answer, but you really do not. Jehovah's Witnesses know the answer to this, AND we know the reason why.

    When you answer the question, please explain why your answer does not contradict 1 Corinthians 15:44, 45 nor your own personal beliefs.

    1 Corinthians 15:44, 45 (KJV) - "It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit."

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  • 1 decade ago

    What Jesus meant in John 2:19 is quite simple. He said "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up". Obviously it does not take a genius to figure it out, and what was destroyed the EXACT same was raised. If His Spirit was destroyed, then that makes Him into a non-eternal Word. He was talking about His Flesh, not His Spirit. The Watchtower will frantically come up with all kinds of calculated doctrines to fill all the gaps coming from their former leadership's views, saying the Jesus in "flesh and bones" was a fake, and the actual Jesus was raised as a spirit. This is not what Jesus said, He said " is I Myself..." in Luke 24:39.

    Quick note to Abdijah...What is a spiritual body? That is a spirit-dominated body, or a physical body that is directed by the spirit rather than a body that is directed by the mortal flesh. In 1 Corinthians 15:49 there is a man of dust and a man of heaven, and that explains how flesh and blood cannot inherit Heaven in vs. 50, as only the imperishable spirit man can inherit Heaven, not the perishable man. In 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 Paul was mentioning an "unspiritual man" and a "spiritual man", these two examples of a man can relate to a physical body as well.

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  • 4 years ago

    There is not any "Original textual content of the Bible". Every faith beginning with the Roman Catholics began to take specific codices of the Word and the ones clergymen Canonized them as being the real phrase from God. How can that be while MAN did the choosing and opting for of that have been the reliable "Word of God" and the leisure was once rubbish. MAN can not make that resolution and I do not care what form of "humorous hat" he wears. My philosophy is Kindness

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  • 1 decade ago

    Jesus was speaking of the temple of His Body or Church.

    "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"

    Were this scripture taken literal then no on died. The trinity says Jesus is God who came to earth in a human covering. Had the human covering forcibly taken from him who then relocates to somewhere, some say heaven others, Hades. He then resurrect his body with no blood in it.

    Was there a second Jesus in the body he raised? No, so no person was in the human body that died thus no one died for sin according to the trinity.

    Question: when was the church destroyed and then rebuilt after 3 days?

    Were the chruch to be destroyed it would of triggered God's War of Armageddon. It is liken to touching the eye of God.

    "But suddenly, your ruthless enemies will be driven away like chaff before the wind. In an instant, I, the LORD Almighty, will come against them with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with whirlwind and storm and consuming fire."

    Nevertheless, Jesus spoke of the temple of his body. Jesus did ‘raise up’ his body [cause his body to appear] when he temporarily appeared in his body of flesh and bones (blood is not mentioned, since he was at this point a spirit being) to his disciples in the locked room. (Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19,20) Eight days later he also caused his body to appear on behalf of Thomas. (John 20:24-29)

    This was after his Father had already raised him from the dead in a spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15:38,44), thus Jesus did not have to raise himself from the dead in order to raise up his body of flesh. (1 Peter 3:18)

    The Bible informs us that Jesus sacrificed his body as an offering to God, which offering he presented to God, as represented in its blood, after he ascended to heaven. (Hebrews 9:11,12,23,24,25; 10:1,10) It speaks of the “days of his flesh” as something past and gone. (Hebrews 5:7)

    The Lord was using the event of raising his body of flesh to illustrate the raising of his church — the temple of which the apostle Peter wrote, that we as living stones are built together upon Christ for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

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  • Mark
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    His body and soul...we consider a body and soul as one. He was killed and resurrected 3 days later. And it wasn't on easter. I've yet to find Easter mentioned in the bible.Kind of like Christmas. Why didn't those apostles start them holidays...hmmm. Maybe because they were Pagan and true worship can not mix with false worship? So, I added a little to your answer...mark

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  • 1 decade ago

    " I'm sure anyone in Christendom can answer this correctly. Can a Jehovah's Witness?"

    Did you know that in 11th century B.C.E, Jehovah sent the prophet Samuel on a secret mission and he commanded the prophet to go to the house of a man named Jesse and anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be the future king of Israel. When Samuel caught sight of Jesse’s firstborn, Eliab, he felt sure that he had found the one whom God had chosen. But Jehovah said: “Do not look at his appearance and at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For not the way man sees is the way God sees, because mere man sees what appears to the eyes; but as for Jehovah, he sees what the heart is.” (1 Samuel 16:6, 7) Samuel had failed to see Eliab as Jehovah saw him.

    How easy it is for humans to err in their assessment of others! Like you just have of the Witnesses. On the one hand, we may be taken in by individuals who are outwardly appealing but inwardly unscrupulous. On the other hand, we may be stern and unbending in our evaluation of sincere individuals whose personality traits annoy us.

    Oh well..

    Source(s): facts.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    All they have to do is to read a couple of more verses after the verse you are referring to and they will have the answer

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  • 1 decade ago

    a no

    b no

    c no

    d no

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