Is it absurd to teach that there is a temple in the heaven?
Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.
"And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angle stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein." (11:1.)
C. Let alone the earthly temples, even in the heaven of the Christians, temples of God are built and measured. Their teachings are as absurd as their heaven. Take for instance the Lord's Supper. In it the Christians eat bread and drink wine imagining them to be Christ's flesh and blood. Again, to keep images of the Cross in the Church is nothing short of Idol-worship.
Answer: As for the bread and wine, I have already clarified the answer in Matthew 26:26- 28.
One fails to understand why there cannot be a temple in heaven and in the earth. If Maharishi somehow seems to assume that a temple is equivalent to limiting God within the temple. No, it is not.
King Solomon, who built the temple at Jerusalem, expressed it aptly.
1 Kings 8: 27-32 “"But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O LORD my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You today: that Your eyes may be open toward this temple night and day, toward the place of which You said, 'My name shall be there,' that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place. And may You hear the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive. "When anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and comes [and] takes an oath before Your altar in this temple, then hear in heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, condemning the wicked, bringing his way on his head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.”
In other words, temple is a consecrated place appointed for people to meet God.