THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS
THE GOSPEL OF JAMES

Biographical Gospel of the Lord

- Chapter 92 -
Build Me A Temple in Your Hearts


 
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HIS GREATLY EMBARRASSED the three priests, and they did not know what to do, for they did not dare reveal their desire to Joseph in the presence of the Child.
 
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Here the Baby looked at them and said in a very firm tone of voice:
 
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'Would you not like to make an idol out of Me also?
 
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There on yonder little hill you would like to build a temple, in it erect a wood-carving after Me on a golden altar and then sacrifice to this wood-carving according to your custom.
 
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Just attempt something like that, and I tell you truly: the first one who takes one step for that purpose and stretches out only one finger shall be a dead man on the spot!
 
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'Now if you really want to build Me a temple, then build one that is alive in your hearts!
 
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For I am alive, and not dead, and therefore want living, but never dead temples!
 
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And since you already believe that the fullness of the Deity dwells in Me bodily, am I Myself then not enough of a living temple before You? Why should there also be a wood-carving and a stone temple in preference to Me?
 
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For what is more, I - or some meaningless temple and wood-carving of Me?
 
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If the Living One is with you and among you, of what good and useful purpose then is one that is dead?
 
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Oh you blind fools! Is it not more that you love Me, than if you were to build Me a thousand temples of stone and exercise your lips in them for a thousand years while dressed in hemmed garments in front of carved images of Me?
 
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And if a poor man who was naked and hungry and thirsty came to you,
 
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but you were to say: See, he is a half-god, for thus do these high beings appear,
 
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so let us make an image of him and then set it up in a temple, so we might worship it! -
 
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Tell Me, if you did that, would it really have been any help to the poor man, even though you were to form his image of pure gold?
 
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And will it not be more advantageous to the poor man if you clothe him according to your love and then hand him food and drink?
 
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'Is God not more alive than every man on the earth, since everything has its life from Him?
 
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Is God perhaps blind, who created the sun and gave you a seeing eye?
 
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Or is He deaf, who made your ear for you, and He without feelings, who gave you your senses?
 
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See, how foolish it would be to think and speak like that!
 
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Accordingly it follows that God is the most perfect Life Itself, therefore the most perfect Love. How then will you honor and worship Him as one that is dead? -
 
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Consider this, so you may be healed of your blindness!'
 
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These words caused the three priests to fall to the ground, for they grasped their divine truth and spoke no more that day.