Answer: BOTH groups live in HOPE.
Those Derbyshire residents aside, what does it mean to live in hope?
This may seem an odd question given that the word is in common usage but life’s disappointments can lead to the term becoming weakened or devalued.
So much so that we often seek to add emphasis to bolster it, as though additional words will somehow give it strength or add certainty. For example:
“Oh, I DO hope it doesn’t rain today.”
“I SINCERELY hope so.”
“I SERIOUSLY hope all this lunacy ends soon and we can have our lives back.”
BUT, too many of life’s setbacks and letdowns are apt to quash our hopes, often leading to doubt … and fear.
It may come as a surprise then that the Bible’s New Testament writers collectively used the word 196 times – and these guys weren’t renowned for pipedreaming or wishy-washy flights of fancy. So, what did hope mean to them?
One clue may be found in the fact that the New Testament was originally written in Greek.
The Bible’s use of the term signifies ‘confident expectation‘ or ‘anticipation‘, rather than ‘wishful thinking’ as is often the case in common usage.
For many people, this will create more questions than answers.