March 27, 2010

I hope for it...

...Catholics speak of heaven as our hope. Evangelicals prefer to speak of knowing that one is saved. Although scripture uses both terminologies, actually Catholics are using the more common biblical language. Faith hope and charity are the three virtues of I Corinthians 13:13. Our hope is in Christ and his promise of heaven: "We wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is not hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:23—25). Catholic literature describes out hope as a "certain confidence."

When asked if he was going to heaven, one pope replied, "I hope so." He has been roundly criticized by Evangelicals. Yet it is a perfectly biblical response...

From Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic, by David Currie.

Posted by John Weidner at March 27, 2010 7:29 PM
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