Chris, NewGen Faith Inc. is an Nonprofit organization that desires to plant seeds of faith, hope, and love. As a colleague Could you talk a little bit about about the first two values of faith and hope?
I believe that Faith is integral to every human being's existence. It may not be faith in God but it shapes a person's life and the lives of those around them. It exists without proof, and consequently it has little justification, but it is often at the core of all we do.
For a sincere religious person, whatever path they follow, faith shapes all of what they do. Because faith cannot be proved people are sometimes ridiculed, victimised, or marginalised because of it.
Jesus tells us that if we have "faith the size of a mustard seed" we can move mountains. Such faith as we possess (and Jesus said, even his followers were “of little faith”) is often expressed in our actions which we explain by saying that we are "justified by faith". This can lead to unfortunate outcomes when faith leads people to opposite directions.
However we understand faith, it is difficult and demanding, not least because when we have faith we tend to be driven by a need to understand it. Yet, faith insists that we do not need to know and even suggests that if we did "know" then we would not need faith. "
How do you view hope, specifically from a Christian point of view?
Many people would describe Christian faith as hope. Hope for something better, hope that this "3 score years and 10" is not all there is. Hope is not the same as faith. Faith implies belief. Hope is optimism based on little other than a need for something to happen. A football fan has hope - a businessman has hope, people of faith have hope. Hope is that belief that things will get better, that "something will turn up" that "everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds"
It is an attractive attribute:- the person who has hope, is often a person whose glass is always half full, never half empty. A hopeful person reaches out, trusting that their inclusive gesture will be reciprocated. Yes, there is definitely something of trust in hope.
There is a saying, "hope springs eternal". Hopes can be dashed and hope can remain unfulfilled but we who express our hope for the world in prayer are continually optimistic. Hopeful that God will hear and act on our prayers. If we were not hopeful we would not pray. If we did not pray we would not be "in relationship" with God.
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