“Faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.” - Titus 1:2 If our faith and our knowledge rest on “the hope of eternal life,” then that hope must be more than just wishful thinking. Because the words mean more than just the length of life, which is eternal. They also mean the QUALITY of life. When we talk about the elements of our lives that keep us going, that give us understanding, that motivate us to pursue our goals and get up each day, those elements are rooted in something greater than us, and our knowledge of what we know to be true. And it all depends on this “hope of eternal life.”
When the rich young ruler came to Jesus and said, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” it was because he saw something in Jesus (Luke, chapter 18). The young man had lived a very religious life, so one might think he felt pretty assured of eternal life. But in Jesus he saw something more than endless years stretching into eternity. He saw light, he saw truth, he witnessed a quality in Jesus that was above and distinct from everything he had known before. He saw the living epitome of abundant life.
Eternal life would not be very promising if it was miserable. But abundant life, which Jesus promised in John 10:10 is part of the deal.
It's been said that "Faith is what one wishes to be true ...Knowledge is what one knows to be true.” 1 God gives us both. He asks us to believe, with faith, all that He has promised. Then He gives us knowledge to confirm our beliefs through science, nature, history, and His actions in our lives. And, He gives us a hope we rest in, because He is “God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.”
- Jewish site: http://www.aish.com/shmooze/faith_and_knowledge.asp
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