“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
Many people today believe we are living in some of the most challenging times ever, especially young people.
Today’s younger generation has one of the highest incidences of mental health issues and depression. The youth of today have been described as the “loneliest generation”.
At a time when the Internet has made people more connected than ever, we are also the most disconnected.
Is it any coincidence that at a time where we’ve seen the greatest abandonment of religion, especially by young people, it corresponds with a simultaneous rise in mental health issues, depression, and hopelessness?
As people have turned away from religious teachings, they have grown increasingly nihilistic. After all, if we simply evolved through a biological process, we live and we die and that’s it – what is there to be hopeful about. What is the meaning of life?
The human heart is left with an empty hole with this view of life. This is one reason people try to fill that void that longs for “something more” with beliefs such as “the earth was seeded by aliens” and the belief that there is extraterrestrial life out there somewhere, existing on other planets.
People need something to be hopeful for. And as they abandoned religion, they look elsewhere.
At the same time that religious surveys have found an increase in so-called religious “nones” (those not affiliated with any particular denomination), the percentage of actual complete nonbelievers remains very low with agnostics at 4% atheists at 5%.
There is a book everyone should consider reading that can do wonders for increasing a sense of hopefulness. In fact, it really offers the perfect formula for hope.
It’s called the Holy Bible.
Many people scoff at religion, dismissing it as a notion of “an invisible man in the sky,” yet these same people have no problem believing in the notion of extraterrestrials and alien life – which we also cannot see and have absolutely no proof of.
The Apostle Paul wrote several Bible verses about hope in which he spoke of the fact that many things that we put our hope in are not necessarily things we can currently see.
This is only logical, because we often hope for things to occur in the future, which we cannot see presently.
“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
–2 Corinthians 4:16-18