The Bible Gives Us Hope

Hope is the thing many people lack today when we suffer from illness, personal loss, pain and anxiety. This causes us to wonder how can we and do we go on, will life ever get better?

The Bible gives us hope!

Hope is not just an emotional feeling based on dreams and personal wishes. Hope if founded on faith, the reality we see around us everyday.

The Hope the Bible gives is real!

Firstly, the bible explains why all of these things are happening, the reasons behind the suffering and pain.

Secondly, it reveals that these things are temporary.

Thirdly, the bible then reveals the promise God made about our future. Note the words at revelation 21: 4, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

The tears associated with sickness and death make life seem futile, we are left hopeless because humankind can not remedy the basic issue. Yet God’s Kingdom reveals that it will remove these symptoms by resolving the cause of our concerns.

Where to find Hope! The Bible!

As we search for the answers to life’s big questions and problems the Bible answers our questions directly, the source of the best information? God! Knowing God is critical to find a real long lasting hope, one that endures for eternity. Note the words of Jesus when he was praying shortly before his execution at John 17: 3 This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

Knowledge of God and Christ. The Greek expression “to know” goes beyond acknowledging the existence of someone or something. It requires forming a personal relationship so Jesus stated we have to recognise God as our friend, mentor and guide, Jesus leads us to him and we benefit from listening to his words.

How do we make a friend? We first introduce ourselves, get to know the name, address the person by name and communicate regularly. How can we do that? Three ways:

  • Read and Study the Bible everyday
  • Talk to our friend through prayer
  • following through on the guidance found in the bible.

Finding the answers need not be challenging, using online resources we can discover the it is promised that we can “Enjoy Life Forever”, live in peace, good health and without fear.

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Why Do Good People Suffer?

Many people have asked this question. Perhaps you have? It can cause us to wonder if there is any point in doing good, some express the belief that this is a circle of death and life, where our past deeds shape our present life.

Others, believe it is a punishment from God? Can this be true?

The Bible’s Answer

The Bible clearly emphasises that suffering is not a punishment from God. Often it can be a simple case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Please check the reference at Ecclesiastes 9: 11 “I have seen something further under the sun, that the swift do not always win the race, nor do the mighty win the battle, nor do the wise always have the food, nor do the intelligent always have the riches, nor do those with knowledge always have success, because time and unexpected events overtake them all.”

Another cause for suffering is Sin. Not the wrong acts we perform but rather the sin or imperfection we inherited from Adam and Eve our first parents. They chose to rebel against God, his sovereignty and ignore his guidance. Note the words of King David the Psalmist at Psalm 51:5 “Look! I was born guilty of error, And my mother conceived me in sin.”

In Christian times this inherited sin was acknowledged when the Apostle Paul said at Romans 7: 21 I find, then, this law in my case: When I wish to do what is right, what is bad is present with me.22 I really delight in the law of God according to the man I am within,23 but I see in my body another law warring against the law of my mind and leading me captive to sin’s law that is in my body.

Our sinful nature, that we inherited at birth contributes to both physical and mental flaws, disorders and traits which cause harm to others and ourselves.

The Solution

We have to acknowledge rebellion put us in a position where we are vulnerable, God did not create humankind to suffer, grow sick and old. He cared for humans, placing them in a perfect home and he is intent on restoring that home through his Kingdom where he through his Son Jesus Christ will end human suffering everywhere.

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Creation

The definition and understanding of the word creation is truly limited by our education. A potter takes clay, applies skills, minerals, glazes, and heat to “create” a jug or plate.

Is the potter creating or merely manufacturing? Taking things and using known techniques to deliver a product? That really describes what the human ability is limited to. Take something that exists, find out how it works under different conditions and then bring those components together to make – not create – something.

Real Creation

This is encapsulated in one verse Genesis 1: 1. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The use of the word “beginning” in the Genesis is explained this way in a bible commentary [Keil & Delitzsch] “Heaven and earth have not existed from all eternity, but had a beginning; nor did they arise by emanation from an absolute substance, but were created by God.” Simple point before the beginning there was only God. God Created everything, physical and spiritual. Time, matter and mass did not exist.

The Hebrew word helps us to understand how limited our language and education has become, the definition bārā’, “create, give being to something new.” The understanding of new used here is original.

So looking at that simple statement is God explaining how he made life, creating everything? No! Genesis 1: 1 is a statement of fact. Like most inventors acknowledge the product they manufacture Jehovah God stated he created. From a point God decided everyone, everything and everywhere came into existence.

How did God Create

That is where science can’t argue with the fundamental truth of the scriptures. The bible discusses the great energy required, the movement of planets in our solar systems to ensure light and dark, the tides, the water cycle. Things we waited 4500 years to have identified as we understand them today.

The bible says quite simply in Genesis 2: 7 “And Jehovah God went on to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living person.” This is the how – he took the components and form the human breathing into him life.

Science will break that down and attempt to say a simple creature mutated to become something more complex, drawing all the constituent elements and sequencing to establish the Human. Logic and basic maths counters this argument. We have the laws of physic, chemistry and probability to look at the evolutionary process which have to dismiss blind chance.

Take the solar system – the goldilocks effect – everything somehow moved into the perfect and precise space at the right time to ensure that sustainable life is possible. Science would have you believe this was blind chance.

Conduct your own experiment for a month. Take a complex timepiece that is only in component form (not a digital watch but a clock). Place those pieces in a bag and lets apply some orbiting forces – turn everything to the left 2.5 times 3 times a day for 30 days. What is the chance that the right cogs will be connected when you open your bag. Keep the bag moving for 12 months, 12 years, 12 lifetimes, will those constituent parts be anything other than a bag of bits.

External forces and design have to be introduced to create that timepiece.

Now look at the simple yet complex solar system and ask why the Giants are important to life on earth, why the orbits of planets we can’t see have an impact on our existence?

To understand how we have to understand, who created all things. But there is one question that science can’t even guess at Why? The human form isn’t the strongest, most robust or efficient but it is the most intellectual (not I hasten to say the most intelligent). Why develop a brain with such capacity that is never used, nature wouldn’t work that way if it evolved because existence is the key part not enjoyment, satisfaction and work.

We live in a culture of absolute right and wrong. We are taught in school that nothing is more intelligent than humanity and we can defeat everything that is thrown at us. Science is king.

Morality the key

Decision making based on a moral code is unique when it comes to the evolution process. As family groups individual animals may have a code of kind but it doesn’t go beyond that group. Most are learned behaviours and none are written.

Why mustn’t we murder? Steal? ..etc. The bible refers to this as the law written in our hearts. But freewill in the human family is also based on a personal moral code and that makes a real difference. We choose how we treat others and how we want to be treated.

Whether we have faith in God or nothing we accept we exist so does life have purpose? Are we just accident of genetics and all of these questions are just fruitless musings? The answer is we have to investigate things for ourselves.

The atheist will ridicule this but why bother? My understanding of reality doesn’t affect them so why so animated? Why call all people with faith weak and stupid? Intellect never resorts to judgements based on unproved points. Just as science is developing so is atheism. For now it is good to keep the bible’s viewpoint that we reap what we sow.

If you sow that there is no chance of salvation you can’t complain when it doesn’t include you or your friends. If you are right then what difference does it make we all die and rot. My faith is based on evidence, science, reality and prophesy. So I share it not with a view of converting the world but to emphasise that there is another answer to life’s big questions that gives us real hope, a real future, that resolves human problems and issues of government.

If you are looking for answers and not an argument then the bible is a place to begin your search to life’s big questions.

Please leave a comment. If you believe evolution please present proof in your response not something that relies on tests by other people. With the bible you can test the evidence for yourself. With science it is based on the words of an individual who has learnt much through education and should be respected for their conclusion. I encourage everyone to observe, experiment and understand the real hope.

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