Where Is Your Hope?
Where do you find hope? Christians find their hope outside themselves in the sure promises of God in Jesus Christ. These promises are found throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. But what happens to our hope when we decide to be selective about what we want to believe of the Bible's teachings and/or when we add other beliefs that are not from the Bible?
One good example of what happens can be found in Jane Goodall's autobiography, Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey. Goodall became famous for living with and studying chimpanzees in Tanzania. While her family doesn't appear to have had a strong Christian faith, Jane's grandmother is described as having a very deep faith and wishing the same for Jane. By her own accounting, by the time she was in her teens, Jane decided she would be selective about the Bible's teachings, believing what she wanted and discarding the rest. Then she started adding beliefs from non Christian religions to her belief system. She admits that this left her with the problem of where to find hope.
In her autobiography, Goodall writes that she finally found four reasons for hope. They include: the human brain, the resilience of nature, the indomitable human spirit and the energy and enthusiasm of young people. But, we add, in a sinful world, all of these things are more likely to lead to suffering and evil than to provide hope. Our only real hope is found in Jesus Christ and His victory over sin, death and the devil.