One thing that has always bothered me is the difference between ‘hope’ and ‘assurance’… Biblically speaking. Firstly.. It’s not, “Be Still and HOPE that I am God.”!!… It’s KNOW!… as in Faith!
Secondly.. Faith is supposed to mean, “to know or to be assured of something, without proof”. If faith brings assurance, why the need for Hope?
Then there are the three most important things… Faith, Hope, and Love.
Ok.. so, according to Paul; the greatest is Love; but what about Hope?… surely Faith and Hope are mutually exclusive!!?
To me, Hope is the agnostic stance, as in: “I don’t know if all these things are true, but I hope they are.”
As I said at the start… given all the gospel scripture on faith; if adherents to Christianity have their doubts dispelled, with assurances and promises, then what is ‘Hope’ doing in the top three crucial characteristics of the Christian??
Come on!!… SURELY some of you MUST have an opinion on this ‘dilemma’??..
Please share your own view and maybe clarify this issue for others who are confused by it!!