Originally posted by Starrman
What utter rubbish. You're using your interpretation of one word to cover a myriad of different specifics. 'I hope the post arrives before I go to work' and 'I have faith in the post arriving before I go to work' are not the same thing. One suggests the possibility, the other fully demands that it should happen.
Losing hope is not akin to losing one ...[text shortened]... ery expereince of life.
What did you do before you had faith? Did you cease to live?
When you say that you hope the post arrives before you go to work, you have some measure of faith that it possibly could come, no? You may not be 100% certain, but you have hope nonetheless. Do you place your faith in people? You must to a certain degree. This is a prerequisite for life. Who do you place faith in 100%. Do you not rather place a certain degree of faith in people that directly correlates to past interactions with them? Faith never demands that something happens, rather, it is a petition. You never demand from God nor people unless your are manipulating them in some way. Let me read a verse from Daniel 3:17 about three men who are on the verge of meeting their demise. "If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. BUT IF NOT, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods...." Here we see faith in the ability of God to deliver them and faith in the act of not worshiping idols as instructed by God but at the same time the aknowledgement that God is sovereign and is not dictated to. This carries the knowledge that they may die in the furnace despite their faith which means that their faith is not 100% that God will save them from the furnace.
As far as losing hope, I am not sure you understand what I mean. There is losing a certain degree of hope and then there is losing ALL hope. I think you are refering to losing a certain degree of hope and not all hope. If you lost all hope, you need not bother functioning on any level. It would be akin to being shut in a dark isolated room and being powerless to pursue anything or communitcate with anyone. It would be akin to being in hell.
When I speak of faith and hope, I am not always speaking in terms of a higher power. Before I became saved, I did not have faith in God, however, I did have faith and hope in other things and other people. Some of this faith and hope was well placed but a majority was largely misplaced. For example, placing your faith in a rock on the street can fill the void of the absense of faith and you may have psychological and physiological benefits from this "positive thinking". However, your faith in the end is misplaced because that rock is powerless to effect change in the way that you are placing your faith in it. You may live longer with this positive thinking that our bodies were designed to live with, but in the end you will be disappointed once you realize the rock is powerless.