3 questions on biblical hope
1. In what sense biblical inspired-hope is different from imagination?
In the sense that biblical defined hope, envisions a future of a promise by God that is still unfulfilled but waited on by faith in time. Imagination in the other hand, solely serves itself reconfiguring parameters of knowledge and intuition, intentionality and anticipation. Imagination serve knowledge and is great, but with no implication on eternity.
In other words,
hope is God-infused,
and rest in the honor of Another
outside ourselves (GOD)
and imagination is
and at best, it's material valuable
2. What is the nature of imagination?
We can say this: for every realm, imaginary or real, we have a set of parameters that configure that realm. The nature of imagination is to dream of new parameters. Imagination wants a new configuration, so it moves to alternatives, intuition, knowledge and anticipation to figure out the new. In a sense, is parallel to that of the recognition of new patterns in the latest technology, but it is so much more than that, because for us, feelings, memory and context triggers meaning. So we are different from computers in the sense, that we aren't created to divide information without sensorial memory, feelings, context and meaning.
3. What is the role of imagination in biblical hope?
Biblical hope can rest solely on the honor and the power of a faithful, loving, promise-giver; outside of us namely the Triune God. It is informed by truth and not imagination, and in reality this hope translates into; faith on His character. Faith into the historic and future records of the fulfillment of his promises, as evidenced in scriptural, natural, and personal level.
Then, imagination informed by this *extra-nos* revelation, plays his role solely in the arena of faith and love as envisioning this biblical informed future, and sharing it with the help of the skill of imagination, among other human skills. Because biblical hope does not rely in the specific image of the to-be-fulfilled promise, it doesn’t have to "know", "perceive" or “see" that imagined thing in order to be fulfilled. In other words, biblical hope does not require the compatibility of the image of the desired, from the personal with the fulfillment of the desired, from the actual. This, do not give birth to deception, because biblical hope when fulfilled, is always surpassing in quality, joy, and goodness the imaginary realm. But imagination is to be feed on biblical hope and not otherwise.
Biblical Hope- what I mean with the term biblical hope, is what Easton Biblical Dictionary describes as, *" an essential and fundamental element of Christian life, so essential indeed, that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence of Christianity."* It is also what John Piper define as *Faith in Future Grace*, as dependence of the continuum of God grace for the present, past and future]
My purpose in contrasting biblical hope from imagination, is to distinguish it and it’s uses in order to pursuit healthy imagination, that positively inform conscience in faith, and confidence.
[^3 Is in fact true, that imagination cannot handle either some parameters of the biblical revelation and all the parameters of the unrevealed. Biblical wisdom talks about how much more of that of imagination is the fulfillment of God promises, compared with the image that we have of it.(1 Cor 2:9) ]