What is Biblical living Hope? Hope in Whom or What?

What is Biblical living Hope? Hope in Whom or What?

The word hope is commonly used to denote a deep desire, as in “hope I get that promotion” or “I hope he proposes” or things of that sort in the temporal realm here on earth. The word hope for the Christian has a very different meaning. Christians’ hope is in the Lord. It means the absolute assurance that God’s Word is true and can be fully trusted now and for eternity.

God has given Christians absolute hope for heaven and eternal life through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Christians’ hope is in the Lord’s unfailing love. It enables our souls to rest in God because Biblical hope comes from Him. (1 Peter 1:3) Faith and hope go hand-in-hand as faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not yet see. (Hebrews 11:1) Hope in Christ gives believers boldness to both defend and contend for the Christian faith.

The world puts out many ideas about what happens after death, but a Christian has the ‘hope of heaven’. This hope is the absolute, unwavering CERTAINTY of eternal life through Jesus Christ in a realm where there is no sickness, sin or death. That’s really good news. One who has this hope can face uncertain times and even death unafraid, for the knowledge of “LIVING, though he die’ is at the bedrock of his or her hope.

God has promised Christians a place that is even more perfect than any of us can ever dream or imagine and one that fulfills our greatest hopes and deepest longings.(1Corinthians 2:9) When we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit in us quickens our spirit to have this wonderful assurance. Have you surrendered to him? There is no better time than now.

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Is the Biblical View of Marriage Outdated?

Is the Biblical View of Marriage Outdated?

According to the Bible, marriage was given as a gift of God at the time of creation. (Genesis 1-3) The Creator made humans in His own image, both male and female. God’s stated intention still is that the two shall become one in a blessed partnership, to give birth and nurture to children.

This is the blessed relationship for the family for the good of life on earth. Without it there would be no future generations of human beings capable of experiencing and sharing God’s love and forming a moral society. So, we can say with confidence that never is the Biblical view of marriage outdated. Challenged yes, perhaps politically incorrect, but never passé.

The glorious gift of sex symbolizes and sustains this intimate divine union. The sexual act for humans is intended only within the boundaries of marriage. Marriage is intended to be a life-long relationship, “Until death do us part,” based on mutual trust, fidelity, and chastity. After giving the gift of marriage, the Lord stepped back and proclaimed,” It is very good.”

God’s beautiful dream of what marriage was meant to be has unfortunately been tainted by sin and our secular human updates such as divorce, adultery, slavery, spousal abuse, and more recently so called “open marriage,” same-sex unions and sadly broken homes with single parents.

We can say with certainty that there will never be an acceptable substitute for a Biblical view of marriage. The gift of marriage as God intends is evident yet all around us. Loving, healthy family life is still one of the best parts of our broken world. It is the fundamental nurturing institution of any nation. Biblical marriage outdated? Heaven forbid! Thankfully, no.

Why do some Bible reports about Jesus contradict others?

Why do some Bible reports about Jesus contradict others?

Many people have wondered about this and the short answer is YES, there are many differently described and worded reports of the same event by several different individuals, but upon examination, there are NO and I mean NO contradictions.

Many of the events such as the crucifixion, His appearances after His Resurrection, His birth, etc., are very complex and involved many different people at different viewing points.

The writers of all were eyewitnesses to each and had to know Jesus personally which was a requirement to be included in scripture. Hence, each was written from his own perspective. Just as witnesses today, say to a small event as a car accident, each will report what thev’e seen quite differently.

God promised and fulfilled that promise that each writer would be filled with the Holy Spirit and be able to recall and write all about what Jesus said and did perfectly.

And, when each of the descriptions written are examined , they tie together for a perfect report on the entire event without any contradiction whatsoever. God’s Word is without error because He inspired it. (2 Tim 3:16)

WOW  God is sure great isn’t He? Do you know Him? You can as He will reveal Himself to those that diligently seek Him. The choice is yours.