As a verb, its definitions include: "expect with confidence" and "to cherish a desire with anticipation." Among its opposites are dejection, hopelessness, and despair. The origins of the doctrine of the "immortality of the soul" We have seen in the article: "Resurrection or life immediately after the death?" that the Bible clearly and unanimously presents the dead as sleeping and having no consciousness. Just to give again some of the related passages: hope (v.) Old English hopian "have the theological virtue of Hope; hope for (salvation, mercy), trust in (God's word)," also "to have trust, have confidence; assume confidently or trust" (that something is or will be so), a word of unknown origin.
to avoid it altogether might lead to the abandonment of hope. Christianity's primary premise is that the incarnation and death of Jesus Christ formed the climax of a divine plan for humanity's salvation. This plan was conceived by God consequent on the Fall of Adam, the progenitor of the human race, and it would be completed at the Last Judgment, when the Second Coming of Christ would mark the catastrophic end of the world. What is so important about Christian hope? If our future is not secured and satisfied by God then we are going to be excessively anxious.