“I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.” —Jesus in the Gospel of Mark
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.” —Jesus in the Gospel of John
Note that the passage in Mark infers that it is Jesus who will do the destroying, but in John it is the Jews who are asked to destroy the Temple. In Mark, Jesus is the trouble-maker, the revolutionary. In John, he is the good deed doer. He is no threat whatsoever to civil order.
Riley suggests that the author of John is softening Jesus’ revolutionary image for a very specific reason: The Johannine Christian community is suffering Roman persecution due to a perception by the Romans that Jesus was a revolutionary. The author of John is “tweaking” any such portrayal of Jesus in the Synoptics to present a much more Roman law-respecting Jesus in his Gospel.
And we are asked to believe that the Almighty Ruler of the Universe “inspired” these texts???
What a joke.