I'd like to butt in here. I'd like to say that this argument is futile, since the english language is a barrier to the expression of any idea that isn't concrete or factual. You can imagine these things, but you can not explain them.
Love, is a poor attempt at trying to put words or meaning to part of our psychy. The feeling of love was created through evolution, and the interaction between humans that we "love", is actually quite necessary to our chemical balance within our brains. We'll actually kill ourselves without this mechanism. In other words were pack animals. Love is just a word to describe the feeling we get from the release of happy chemicals.
Faith and hope however, are part of comprehensive brainwashing to suppress people. Faith and hope are merely a way of making it okay to be apathetic.
What is faith? A belief of a higher power or system that will correct imbalances in the universe. The only thing that they don't tell you is that you are the tool of this higher power and it is us that is supposed to be fixing things. By teaching people faith, it frees their mind from being responsible for eachother and our planet, opening the door for all those who wish to commit crimes against society by enslaving peoples, and damaging our planet.
Hope, not to be confused with optimism, is merely a substitute for faith as people have started to move away from religious teachings. Hope is also a cop out for doing something yourself. The whole point of faith and hope is that no matter how much you have, nothing will ever materialize from it, which means that evil men have removed their obsticles. You were suckered. Religion is about removing your power, both mental and resource.
Don't believe me? Last year the Catholic Church collected more money than the Government of Canada, and that's a fact you can look up. To make a change in society, it requires two things. 1. A positive mental attitude that you can institute change, and 2. Money and resources to finance this change. If people actually followed Jesus' teachings about charity and good will, they'd realize that by going out into their communities and giving that money to the poor, and using their positive attitudes to spread positive attitudes, we'd actually have no problems in our country whatsoever. However, this would also destroy oppression and wrong doing towards us and get in the way of greed and power, which are the tools of Satan.
I guess it never occurred to anyone that humanity was given the tools to help and guide humanity. Quit waiting for god to do something, and realize that god has given us the power to do it ourselves, we can be gods will.
Here's a thought for anyone who can't see how we can institute the positive changes that we have faith or hope that they will happen. The average family donates about $100-200 a week to the church. Multiply that by 52 weeks, and that's roughly 5200-10400 per year. This is a lot of money to someone on welfare or living below the poverty line. Now lets say that 4 families adopt a less fortunate family and help to assist them in life. Between the four families, they'd be able to donate 20800-41200 dollars. Then, the families could each take turns spending time with the families on the weekend, give them support, and help them learn how to manage finances and overcome vices. In the end, you'd be able to give them a home, make sure they eat, are clothed, and their kids grow up and overcome the situation so that they can later team up with 3 families to do the same for someone else.
Now this is a plan that i'm sure Jesus would be proud of, and it would gaurentee you heaven moreso than church. How do I know this? I read the new testiment. On judgement day, Jesus explains that our souls will be judged on the basis of our works. Whether we clothed the naked, fed the starving, sheltered the homeless, and councilled the disillusioned. This shouldn't suprise most people, but the thing charities lack most is volunteers, and I see millions of them sitting on their asses donating their power for positive change every sunday. You can still go to church, and because their would be four families involved or more, you could alternate on who misses church each sunday to help the family. You can still donate to the church, but the church shouldn't be getting more than it needs to operate. Be a Christian, don't just claim you are. When you start to see Christ in yourself and your actions, you are a true Christian.