It is logical to hope in Christ. We may feel like we want to for many reasons. We may have "caught" the faith in Christ from our parents or grand parents. But, where is the logic of it all?
This morning my wife and I were watching Dr. James Merritt (hope I spelled that correctly) on TBN. He was giving the best sermon I can recall on the existence of God. He was saying that a frequent challenge to belief in God is the frequent lament, "How can there be a God when there is so much evil in the world?"
Merritt's response came like this. If there is evil in the world, how did you know there was evil if there was no good to compare it to? If there is good in the world, that would indicate that there is a source of good, which would be God.
If there is no God, Merritt was saying, then there is no hope. There is no purpose to life. Everything is useless vanity. There would be no ultimate reason for being moral.
Well, the good news, literally, is that there is hope. Merritt spoke of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. It was in the 1880's in Alabama, that Sullivan was called to be the tutor of a child, Keller, who was blind, deaf, and mute. The sensory path open to Helen's mind was touch. Anne spent countless hours teaching Helen about the outside world, including the alphabet, vocabulary, etc.
Finally, Helen Keller later said that while she was still confined in her own mind, without any knowledge of the outside world, that there was a God. But, until Anne communicated with her, Helen said that she did not know His name, Jesus. Anne had that hope and communicated it to Helen.
The hope, logically speaking, is that all of nature cries out as testimony of the existence of the Creator. The fact that only humans worship is testimony that there is a Creator to worship. The fact that there is scriptural testimony to the existence of a specific God, Jehovah, and that scripture includes prophecy of the future which has been historically confirmed. The fact that such prophecy was fulfilled in the Person of Christ leads us to a relationship to our God. That relationship is personal and is substantiated by our personal spiritual knowledge of the Person of the Holy Spirit who comes to live with the spirit of the believer. That's us who believe truly on Christ.
We cannot close without being true to the message of the Biblical scripture. There is a holy God who cannot live in the presence of sin. We humans have fallen short of that level of holiness. Because God loves us, He has provided a ransom for our sin in the death of His Son, Jesus Christ. To complete this work of salvation, God has raised Christ from the dead and placed Him at his right hand in heaven. To join Christ there, we are invited to take advantage of this gift of love and hope.
This logical flow of thought (I hope you find it to be logical) is one that validates the faith we may have found through feeling or though identification with our parents and grand parents.
Hope is the goal of our faith. Faith gives us the steps to our hope. Both are found in Christ.