WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND?
and images for worship, and he said to the Athenian court : "The God that made the world and all the things in it, being, as this One is, Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade temples, neither is he attended to by human hands as if he needed anything, because he himself gives to all persons life and breath and all things ." (John 4 :21, 24 and Acts 7 :48-50 ; 17 :24, 25, NW) True Christians who obey Jesus' example have not engaged in building temples . In describing his vision of the righteous new world that is near at hand the apostle John said : "I did not see a temple in it, for Jehovah God the Almighty is its temple, also the Lamb [Jesus Christ] is ."-Revelation 21 :22, NW . 19 So in that righteous first world God acted in harmony with his own being and did not order Adam to construct a temple or even an altar . God dealt with the perfect man Adam without even a priest or a human mediator . Such things were not needed . No sacrifice was necessary to be offered, for Adam was perfect. Neither was he instructed to act as priest for his wife Eve, for she, too, was perfect . There was no need to appease an angry God . Adam in his innocence was "the son of God", a human son, and the relations between God and him were those of a father and a son. (Luke 3 :38) His form of worship toward God was that of the obedience of a son toward his Father, according to God's revealed will . He could 19 . So how did God deal with the perfect Adam, and how did Adam worship God?