What is the Christian Hope?
Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in ‘I hope something will happen’. This is not what the Christian Bible means by hope. The biblical definition of hope is ‘confident expectation’. Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unseen.
Hope is seen as a fundamental component of the life of a believer.
The believer who trusts or puts their hope in God will be helped, and they will not be disappointed. Those who have a trustful hope in God, have a general confidence in God’s protection, help and companionship when they encounter fear, anxiety or adversity.
Hope is also seen as being produced through suffering and is often the inspiration behind endurance. Those who hope in Christ believe they will see Christ and his ways of love and good up-lifted in life and in death.
Trustworthy promises from God are seen to give hope, and Christians are encouraged to be confident in their faith.
Along with faith and love, hope should be an enduring virtue of the Christian life. Christian hope produces joy and peace in believers, because they believe there is good reason to expect good things, and also because of the power of the Holy Spirit who can help us find hope when we’ve lost sight of it.
In striving to be like Jesus, the Christian Church – despite its many imperfections – has resulted in more good than any other thing or organisation in human history. Its messages have a rare power to touch and change the human heart.
Why do Christians believe as they do?
There is compelling evidence to support the Christian belief in a single, knowable God.
The physical universe presents some astonishing scientific evidence that points to our world being designed and created.
You can read more about this in the e-Book here on this website (with particular reference to page 9 in booklet 1).
The majority viewpoint among scholars is that Jesus was a real, historical figure who made a remarkable claim – that he was God’s Son on earth. And given the record of his life… with his teachings, miracles, death and resurrection – all witnessed by many, one can reasonably conclude that Jesus was no ordinary man.
The trusted record of this is the Bible, which was written over a 1500-year period, by 40 different authors, in different locations and on separate continents.
It was written in three different languages, covering diverse subject matters…yet there is an astonishing consistency in its message. In fact, areas of study like archaeology and textual criticism consistently confirm the unique reliability of the Bible, making this the most trustworthy and verifiable ancient book in existence.
In the Scriptures, God calls all people into a relationship with himself, and many Christians testify to having spiritual experiences, like an unexplainable assurance in their hearts that his love is real, or answers to specific prayers in meaningful ways. The power of that relationship is evident through the extraordinary changes in the lives of many who make a commitment to faith.
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What can you do to know more?
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