Belief And Faith Are There Differences?
What most will tell you is that the two are pretty much the same and, that leads to much confusion. The two are interrelated, and that makes them close in meaning, and that’s a fact. Belief and faith are so close in meaning that even the Bible does not always differentiate clearly between the two and that just makes for more confusion.
What is belief? Well in the dictionary you’ll find a good working definition:
Knowledge – When you have an opinion or judgment in which you are invested.
What can be good or not so good are your Impressions. How you view these notices will tell whether they are right or wrong. Usually, they are ideas, concepts that we gather through acquiring information and experience. So that said our opinions can change over time as we gain more knowledge and insights.
How Is Faith Different?
Again let’s head to the dictionary and this one might be easier to understand.
Faith – equals ( Belief + Action + Confidence )
It appears that faith includes our beliefs, but it is much larger than just that. Faith requires action; it has to move us to do something and if not, it will not be faith. A good example would be this, faith by itself isn’t enough, unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
The bottom line is this our faith if it is real and alive, will naturally move us to do good things.
You will be able to see the subtle differences when the two words are together; you can see how they blend and the differences. Faith, belief and trust all lead to hope. A life of purpose has to have them all and more. When your heart is a part of all three and in alignment it becomes easier for you to have the right beliefs and faith to live a life of purpose.
Who has not heard the saying “taking a leap of faith”, what does that say to you, what does it mean? In the most commonly used meaning, it is the act of believing in or accepting something intangible or unprovable, or without empirical evidence. It is an act commonly associated with religious belief as many religions consider faith to be an essential element of piety.
Belief is a product of the mind but faith is not. Faith is a product of the spirit. The mind interferes in the process of faith more than it contributes to it. The two word do make for great conversations and seldom do you have a meeting of the minds with these two are connected. When you read and review not only this articles but others, you will agree that these words make for exhilarating conversations.
What you can do is have faith that whatever is happening to you now, will be neither lost nor forgotten but, witnessed and acknowledged in the fullness of its truth. Another way to say this is if you are not religious, and I am not would be to say that Karma will always win out.
Knowing does not create faith. Unknowing does.
Beliefs you have the power to change, and change for the better is good.
Until the next time, take good care and be well.