I have found that one of the greatest spiritual dynamics -- and spiritual struggles in the Church -- is, to put it simply, the interplay between optimists vs. pessimists. In Biblical terms, it is hope vs. fear or despair -- and there may at times appear a great gulf between the two. Generally speaking, it is the believer who hopes in God, and so all things become possible -- and the unbeliever (or nominal believer) who sees only problems. OBSERVATION: This is not the same as positive vs. negative feelings. It is a spiritual dimension. And it has a profound influence on the Church.