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Difference Between Hope and Faith

hopeHope vs. Faith

Hope is an action predicated on uncertainty. It is a word that describes the act of being unsure about one’s circumstances, and, essentially, wishing for an outcome conducive to one’s desires. It is based on the idea of faith; however, it is more or less an ideology rooted in the fear of the unknown. When one is unable to foresee his future, or the outcome of any particular situation, he is left with hope that the outcome suites his particular needs and desires.

Faith is based on the idea, that whatever the outcome is, it is for the better. It is an idea that is more spiritually based than hope, because it assumes that there is a force at work that will account for all actions that take place; no matter what the eventual outcome of a situation, faith requires its wearer to have full confidence that it is for the best in his or her life.

While faith is mostly acquainted with religious doctrine, hope is an idea that is spread through an understanding that no one is perfectly sure that there is a sound outcome to their situations. Hope is a destination, so to speak, rather than an actuality. In faith-based religions, there is the understanding that a Supreme Being is a ruler of all things, living and dead, things that are and are to be. Faith is a psychosis, so to speak; it forces whoever is the possessor to be completely reliant on the notion of a particular outcome, rather than the probability that the outcome will happen despite the environment.

Hope is more of a logical understanding of time and space. It is no more proof that something will happen than it is proof that there will even be an occurrence. Hope, though always associated with spirituality, and most notably in doctrinated religions, is more based on the facts of the situation, and the desire for those facts to add up to a desirable end. Faith is based solely on the ability of the possessor to be completely reliant on an outside force, regardless of the circumstances, or how the facts seem to align. To have faith is to understand that, despite the facts of a situation, the turnout is going to be what one desires it to be in the long run – while hope is the means, faith is based on the ends.

Summary:

1. Hope is more logically based, as it recognizes the facts, and simply desires that those facts add up to a positive outcome; faith is based solely on a blind resolution that, no matter how the facts add up, the proper outcome will always prevail.

2. Hope understands the uncertainty of situations; faith does not recognize uncertainty, and only understands that there is a plan devised by a higher power to make all things work out in the proper way.


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12 Comments

  1. Wow — just wow. This more or less exactly sums up my thoughts on why faith is quite overrated and why I will choose hope over it any day of the week, month or year.

    Major, major kudos to the author of this article as I cannot express via the interwebs how much I love it!

    • I disagree with the explanation of both Faith and hope from a Christian perspective. Faith and hope are both connected based on Hebrews 11:1: Now, Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is based on hoped for unseen things. Hope is evidence that the thing will happen. All of this is based on not superstition, but what God (what you call the supernatural power) has said in his word (the Bible). Since God can’t lie and he knows all things then we can believe it even though we don’t see it yet. Hope is not wishful thinking, it is assurance since for the future since we have it from a good source who will perform his word.

  2. i just want to know the different between FAITH & HOPE.LOVE & TRUST.

  3. wow is right…incredibly cynical view on two incredibly powerful ways to live life. Hope is the confidence and belief that tomorrow will be better…faith is the action and way to live your life to accomplish this and realize this hope. For example, Martin Luther King Jr. had hope for a world free of discrimination and had the belief that this would come to pass (“I Have A Dream” is all about his hope for the world). But he didn’t just “hope” it would happen, he took action to make it happen. He had faith that his words and deeds would make a difference in realizing his hope. Faith is not blind trust in an unseen force, but a partnership between human action and divine power. Or from the Christian understanding of faith, “faith without works (actions) is dead…”

    • I normally don’t reply to anything – but – when looking for something for my youth group’s talk, I stumbled on this article and your response. Very good. Good catch on the cynical. Both are powerful views. I have never met a person that exercises faith that was lazy however I have come across a lot of folks who lazily spend their lives hoping, but never exercising hope with any faith. Faith in our own abilities or in unknowns will lead to disappointment and cynicism just like the author appears to have ended up.

  4. False.
    Faith is something more than you can describe. It’s what drives most Christians (and other religions alike, even Aethists) to keep going, no matter what. As far as I’m concerned, faith is unshakable while hope is for the weakly-constituted. Don’t get me wrong, hope is excellent. It just lacks willpower.

  5. There is no difference between the two. Their both a sense of security. It’s the same thing as wishing. Which I also believe that the question at hand should’ve been “Difference Between Hope, Faith and Wishing”. Just my thought that’s all.

  6. Faith is believing something supernatural without any real reason except the word of others.
    Gullibility is believing what others tell you without any real reason.

    Try to stay away from anyone that says you have to have “Faith.”

  7. Faith has, and will always be in our environment. Hope is in the stories. Faith is stable and positioned in our everyday experiences while hope is unstable, it is simply wishing and dreaming. It has its place, but it is not faith…We may say hopeful things in our prayers but we exercise faithful works when we help our brothers and sisters. Faith is in the sunshine and the rain; and we trust the sun will come with the rain.

  8. There is one story from the life of Jesus Christ that comes to mind regarding the difference between Faith and Hope:

    The night before he was crucified, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane with his disciples and prayed alone to God in which he said: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42 NIV).

    This prayer of Jesus consists of both Hope and Faith as shown below:

    1. Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me (HOPE)

    2. Yet not my will, but yours be done (FAITH)

  9. Hope: wishing for the best outcome.
    Faith: believing any outcome will be good.
    Conclusion: this words are NOT interchangeable; the dictionary does NOT revolve around Christianity. Don’t get so defensive because everyone has a different set of beliefs; even people of the same religious background interpret the same biblical passages differently. Take your religious debate somewhere else, people come here trying to get a clear definition and end up confused with the nonsense comments…

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