WHEN THERE WAS ONE RELIGION
new world.-1 Kings 8 :27, AS; Hebrews 9 :23-26 ; 8 :1-5 . 17 Because of the costly, imposing temples, basilicas . cathedrals and "churches" which the various sects and cults have built in Christendom, the uninformed persons are liable to draw wrong conclusions. God's Son Jesus never commanded his followers to waste their time, money and energy in rearing such proud structures and putting the poor people to the expense of maintaining them . Because of his life-giving work he is called "the last Adam", and he foretold a return to the simple worship such as the first Adam offered in Eden's paradise . He told the Samaritan woman near Mount Gerizim : "The hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you people worship the Father . God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth ." His faithful follower Stephen, just before suffering a violent martyrdom, said to the Jewish court at Jerusalem : "The Most High does not dwell in houses made with hands ; just as the prophet says : `The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool . What kind of house will you build for me? Jehovah says . Or what is the place for my resting? My hand made all these things, did it not?"' "'Years afterward Saul of Tarsus, who was a witness of Stephen's death, stood in the Grecian city of Athens which was full of temples, altars Did Jesus command the building of material temples, and what did he say regarding a return to simple worship? 18 . How did Paul's and John's testimony agree with this? 17.