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1895 Excerpt: ...at the good side of things, because he has
exercised and educated his organs of faith and hope. He disbelieves
it because he has not exercised and educated them. July 9. DERHAPS
it may be said, It is well for l those who are naturally hopeful;
but what for us who are not so? How can we, who naturally look on
the dark side of things, who are easily discouraged, learn to be
more hopeful? The organic faculty of hope differs in different men.
But the higher kind of hope, the religious hope, born of
conviction, all men may have. All true religion is hopeful, because
the difference between religion and superstition is, that to the
religious man God is goodness, to the superstitious man God is
terror. True religion is that which trusts in the goodness of God,
which believes good stronger than evil, truth more powerful than
error, right sure to conquer wrong. It is a kingdom of heaven
coming to take the place of hell on the earth. It is, indeed,
faith, not sight. But this faith comes to us in all our best hours.
When we are in our highest mood, we believe in the goodness of God,
in the commanding authority of duty, in the immortality of the
soul. When we are true, brave, strong, generous, pure, we believe
in God. When we are cowardly, mean, selfish, then we believe in the
devil. If, then, we wish to cultivate and strengthen our hope, it
must be by increasing our faith in goodness and a God of love. We
must have faith in the true God, and that is essentially faith in
goodness. Faith in God grows as we live in it and from it. As we
believe in justice, truth, honor, and act from that belief, our
faith in God and goodness continually becomes stronger. July 10.
THIS, then, is one distinction between the true hope and the false
one. The hope which deceives is that which ...
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James Freeman Clarke
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