In my quest for something greater, I began by picking part Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
What is this substance? It is that which underlies the apparent; the basis of something, hence assurance, guarantee and confidence. That which stands under. A real or essential part or element of anything; essence, reality of basis of matter.
In Science & Health, (468:16-24) Ms. Eddy takes a more spiritual route:
Question. – What is substance?
Answer. – Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: “The substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not seen.” Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.
What is Hope? Hope is a motivator to protect us from losing sight of God’s purpose. Faith is the foundation for our hopes/motivation to live good lives.
Although I no longer believe in the God of the Bible and the trappings of Christianity, I do think some of the messages are good ones. Paul nails it when he says “…the greatest of these is charity.”
Websters defines charity as
1: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
2 a : generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also :aid given to those in need b :an institution engaged in relief of the poor c : public provision for the relief of the needy
3 a :a gift for public benevolent purposes b : an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift
4 : lenient judgment of others
If everyone, across all religions and systems of belief could be more charitable to one another I feel the world would be a better place.
“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”–His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from “Kindness, Clarity, and Insight” by Snow Lion Publications.