Sunday, May 11, 2014

the first principle

faith.

is hope.

not knowledge.* though we often hear of knowledge, we might be better off to speak of the first principle first, and the experiences that have led us to believe that that which is not seen is or may indeed be truth.

hope for something which is not seen but is true.

the seed of faith.

a particle of hope. a ray of hope. that something may be true, perhaps. or that you may find that something to be true. that something which is not seen. which leads one to act in a way that is in accordance with the perceived truth.

1 Peter 3:15

 ". . . be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: having a good conscience. . ."

what reason do I have to hope?

If the thing is not true then your hope is misguided. If learned from, then it is well worth the test--be it true or not. Without a test, wherewith do you hope? Low hope, manifest in such instances where no test is *planned, or when the test planned is overzealous or underzealous, or when you cannot present a reason for the hope within you, is less fruitful if at all. Thus it does not lead to knowledge.