[quote="davidn87, post:1, topic:319177"]
Wisdom 3:10-13, 16-19 and 4:1-6 has me seriously worried. My parents are married, but not religious in any way, and the whole 'none of them will ever amount to anything' thing throws up questions.
If these verses are taken as written, then how can there be any hope for me?
Grace and Peace be with you David,
As any person, your parents go through up and downs throughout their lives. These verses speak in a way of contrasting the lifespan of a life compared to the rewards of the life to come.
If you see the preceding verses in Wisdom:
*1*The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
2*They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
3*and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
4*For if to others, indeed, they seem punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
5*Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
6*As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.*
New American Bible. 2011 (Revised Edition) (Wis 3:1–6).
St. Peter touches on this subject as well.
6*In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, 7*so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
New American Bible. 2011 (Revised Edition) (1 Pe 1:6–7).
Don't ever lose hope David, and don't ever stop praying.
Keep in mind that: Just as the Faith of the parents bring Grace to the children, so does the Faith of a child bring Grace to the parents.
Have Faith and don't be shy to ask the Lord to increase your Faith, even the Apostles asked the Lord for this:
And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 6*The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to [this] mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
New American Bible. 2011 (Revised Edition) (Lk 17:5–6).
God Bless you brother,