We have hope!


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1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Nope... no commentary this morning. The commentaries are no clearer than the verses, IMHO.

On another thread, someone is posting that the Bible is all fake. Is the author of that thread a Greek?

The Greeks in Paul's day tried to argue that everything was fake. They would argue and debate for days on end about how it couldn't possibly be true. But then again, Christ was gone. He disappeared from a stone hole sealed by a boulder no one man could move. The wrappings were still there. He would have escaped from solid rock totally naked without the Roman Guard seeing Him leave. If it's all fake.... Where's the body?

The Jews have always been waiting for a sign. For some reason, probably the circumcision of Abraham, the Jews seem to be absolutely positive that God will hand them some kind of signed engraved invitation to the arrival of the Messiah. Perhaps they think they will get to touch the scar of that clipped thingy just as Thomas touched the nail holes in the hands of the Messiah. The Jews are looking for the Reincarnation of King David. That's like expecting a booger to chew on when the finest dining experience is the gift. Humans don't deserve a Messiah, let alone an engraved invitation to a meeting with Him.

The Jews believe that Moses wrote the law. They claim to know all about law and order, after all, they were the people "chosen" to receive the 10 Commandments from God Himself. I guess it never occurred to them that if they were just kind to one another, they wouldn't need laws.
Those of us who will Believe, those of us who have been "called" know in our soul that the Bible is true. Those of us who will Believe are not searching for the truth. We know the truth already. We know the secret to eternal life.

If the Bible is not true.... When I die, I will be dead and I won't miss Heaven. I spent my life with hope.

If the Bible is true.... When I die, I will see Heaven. People will be kind to one another. There will be no need for Commandments or Laws. Neighbors will love their neighbors as they want to be loved themselves. I spent my life with hope.

If the Bible is true.... We have hope!

We have hope!




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Hope, in and of itself, is action. "In psychology, hope is a cognitive practice that involves the intentional act of setting goals and working toward them with purpose." Don't confuse hope with simply being wishful or optimistic.
The way hope is used in the Bible is pretty much as you say - it is not wishful thinking. It's looking forward to something good, that you know will happen. When you go into a tunnel, you hope for the other end; when the night is long, you hope for dawn. It's sort of like trust and anticipation. It's looking forward to something you have no doubt is coming.

In every day language, we say things like, I hope we win or I hope it doesn't rain - but that's not how it is used in the Bible.

By the way - we do this all the time - use language like this. The one I really hate is, it's just a theory - as if theory means baseless conjecture. We have the theory of gravity, or the germ theory of disease, or atomic theory - endlessly. They're every bit as "strong" as "facts" - they just cover a larger area.


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For your consideration ...

Hope, in and of itself, is action. "In psychology, hope is a cognitive practice that involves the intentional act of setting goals and working toward them with purpose." Don't confuse hope with simply being wishful or optimistic.

It's one reason why I write these types of pithy posts. To illicit dialog for more understanding and clarification. Because too many people just hope for things to get better, rather than working on bettering themselves and trying to change their current circumstances. Hence; Hope without action is pointless. It's like being a fly and waiting for shait to happen. Rather than making it happen.

The same can be said of praying, asking God to take care of things on one's behalf, (which in and of itself elicits that 'hope'). -- If one doesn't try to change their ways, circumstances, address their current problem head on, what's the point of prayer?

Who says?

Me. :razz: