Thursday, March 1, 2012

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

The Bible frequently speaks of hope. What is it?


carter said...

I love the book of Job! In 13.15, Job cries out: "though he slay me yet will I hope in him." I am not sure exactly what 'hope' is. For me, in this hour, it is the ability to rest in the belief that God is my father and circumstances, even if I perceive them to be the judgment of god, will not change that.

Greg said...

Thanks. Perhaps, hope is something of a virtue, and thus more than a feeling, that is directed to that which is worthy of hoping for.

Rhett & Valerie said...

Hi Greg,

Seems like hope is connected to belief and expectation-- it can't really stand on its own without an object.

It's also a virtue though, and I think one of the virtues Christians are called to cultivate is hope in Christ's return, his justice revealed, and our own bodily resurrections.

Rhett & Valerie said...

(the above comment left by Valerie :) )

Greg said...

Thanks. Yes. Good point. Hope can't stand on its own, at least not for believers. It is a theological virtue like faith and love, which are all due to God's grace. Indeed, keeping our eyes fixed on the "unseen" is the "not yet" is an immanent feature of hope.