Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

The main purpose of the Temple of the Archinox is to assist in healing the divisions and conflicts that are a result of our perceived differences. An estimated 3.8 billion people, 54% of the world’s population, adhere to the Abrahamic traditions. This is encouraging in the fact that at least 54% of the world’s population believes in God and claims their life to be a spiritual journey as they walk in the precepts they’ve received from God above. As children of the Abrahamic Covenant, all who follow the sacred texts received by God’s prophets and live their lives in alignment with those given tenants, participate in the promise given unto all of Abraham’s descendants: that they shall be a great people upon the Earth.

Each of the three major divisions in the Abrahamic tradition originated approximately 7 centuries apart from each other: Judaism in the 7th century B.C., Christianity approximately 0 A.D., and Islam around the 7th century A.D. Each of these divisions were accompanied by a new prophet and sacred text: Moses and the Tanakh (Torah, Nevi’im, and Ketuvim), Jesus Christ and the New Testament, and Muhammed and the Quran. Each chronologically successive religion received the laws, texts and prophets of the previous religions while rejecting the laws, texts and prophets of the subsequent. Volumes upon volumes can and have been written on every intricate difference in thought, conception and belief that exists between these different wisdom paths, always dissecting idea against idea and people against people into infinite sects and divisions. But the Temple of the Archinox is being built to unite us and not divide us anymore. Upon its sacred grounds, the focus will be upon worship, devotion and common ground.

The goal of the Temple is not conversion, but to see humanity walk hand in hand, embracing our differences with one another. Each of these religions are monotheistic. They believe in the existence of one God, above all else. The only variation in this exists in the Christian concept of the one God’s expression as a Trinity. Judaism and Islam believe that this one God is beyond all concept, beyond all words, and beyond all ideas, and for this reason all anthropomorphic depictions are forbidden. In this the Temple raises the words received by the Prophet Isaiah: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

If we believe that God created the Heavens and the Earth and everything within and without, we must believe that God communicates his will to each of his children in the language most easily understood by them. Nearly all human conflict exists as a result of miscommunication and confusion of languages. This is what is symbolized by the Tower of Babel in the Old Testament. Therefore, in recognition of a God that is unknowable to our human intellect, whose ways are not our ways, we must immediately give space to what we do not yet understand… or perhaps may never understand. Space is exactly what is needed here. The space to believe, think, and express the unique perspective of Divine light that you hold.

Within the Temple grounds, space will be given for the construction of one Mosque, one Synagogue, and one Temple of Christ. There will not be space for the separation of denominations. Unity is the focus within the Temple of the Archinox and this will be expressed through its design. While the immediate preconceptions of conflict arise for many with this idea, instead picture the atmosphere in a different way: Every day at dawn, midday, afternoon, sunset, and night, all Muslims within the Temple will face East towards Mecca, and prayers will be offered throughout the entire complex. The prayers will be projected from the Mosque for all to hear. The tireless devotion and dedication of the Islamic people will immediately penetrate into each individual in the Temple. It will be a mirror for each individual of the manner in which they approach their own spiritual practice. Every Saturday the Synagogue will be filled with worshippers of the Hebrew faith. Every Sunday, church choirs will rejoice in the name of Christ. The three temples will be connected with a central garden. This garden will be God’s garden, open to all. The paths through the garden will converge at a reconstruction of Solomon’s Temple.

Solomon’s Temple will be the main site within this section of the Temple. Here, High Priests will be nominated from each of the three Temples. In addition to safeguarding the Holy of Holies within this sanctuary, new rites will be performed by the High Priests, twice daily. However, the rites of bloodshed and sacrifice will be replaced by new offerings. Enough blood has been shed upon the Earth and between these peoples and it is not required that we return to the old law, but that we establish the new. We must recall that Abraham was commanded to stay his hand at the time of sacrifice. And so must we do now.

All beings, regardless of their religious beliefs, may attend the daily rites at the Temple of Solomon. We can no longer divide Jew against Gentile or believer against non-believer. The only abolishment upon the Temple grounds will be division. For “every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25).

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