Originally Posted by angryllama
I used "synagogue" instead of "Church" becuase Jesus was a Jew. It was a modern term. IMO, Jesus' bout with the moneychangers was not over the irrelevancy of the Temple or an advocacy of seeking God solely outside of the Temple. It was a stern rebuke of the system and place that he thought was important enough to call "My Father's house."
the story of the temple and Jesus scourging is perhaps allegory, perhaps fact. But it is fact that the central tenet of Jesus's preaching and one of the central reasons he had to be killed, was that he was saying the "laws" could be changed, and the Priests in the Temple did not control access to God.
What American protestantism has adopted that historical fact to be is that "Jesus is our High Priest who interceeds with God on our behalf."