I heard a guy on a Christian radio station talk about the scripture in first Corinthians stating "ye are the temple of God".
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
It sounded to me that he was using that as a reason that he thought temples were no longer necessary. It is similar to the thought some have that we no longer have prophets because the Lord gave the Holy Ghost.
If the temple building itself is not important then why was Christ so adamant about running the money changers out of it and calling it His Father's house?
13 ¶And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
Many teachings in the scriptures are done through referring to things that the people already knew. It did not mean that the thing they were teaching about replaced the thing they used as a symbol.
Without understanding how important and sacred the temple is, one cannot grasp what it means to be the temple of God.