'Hope' and 'Faith'

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Two feelings that are similar, but on inspection prove to be very different.

Cover image: pixabay.com.

Submitted: January 14, 2020

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Hope’ and ‘Faith’

There’s no need for certain readers to start salivating at the prospect of tearing me apart on the subject of religion. This essay is going to have nothing whatsoever to do with it, because, believe it or not, both of these words have meanings that do not involve any kind of God or god.

Hope’ and ‘Faith’ certainly have similarities to each other. They both deal with an individual’s expectations, after all; positive ones too. But their differences are far greater.

Take ‘hope’; this is a feeling of desire or expectation for a particular thing to occur. ‘Sam hopes his team will win’ means that he wants that to be the outcome of the match. There is no ‘definite’ involved; ‘hope’ is a wish, nothing more.

Faith’, on the other hand, says that there is a belief that something ‘will’ happen, or that someone will behave a certain way. There is no ambiguity with ‘faith’, but a complete trust or confidence that things will be so. ‘Sam has faith that his team will win’ leaves no room for it not to, without destroying his faith or trust.

That’s another thing. Both ‘hope’ and ‘faith’ can be lost or broken. When that happens, they can both lead to feelings of devastation. ‘Hope’ being a less definite feeling can be restored more easily. In another match, Sam can still ‘hope’ for his team’s victory again, as that is the result he desires to see. It is far less of an easy thing for him to ‘have faith’ that they will be the victors, for they have already shown that they can lose and are not infallible.

So there we are. ‘Hope’ and ‘Faith’ so alike and yet so far apart.

 


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