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What Is A Belief Versus Faith

Please share your thoughts on the differences between belief and faith.

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You can believe something is true, but faith without actions is dead. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I believe belief is something you "believe to be true" but without putting it into action, it isn't faith. I could be wrong here, so please forgive me if I am, but this is my thought.
---Donna9759 on 10/14/07


There is no difference. I love the word KNOWING. In Jude 3 Jude urges his fellow believers to "earnestly contend for the faith" in opposition to certain people who were hindering the work of the church, These people were particularly dangerous because they were working from within the fellowship of the church. And these people were using the grace of God as a cover for their lifestyles of sin and wickedness.
---catherine on 4/15/07


We learn,as natural humans, that "seeing is Believing". We sometimes need to see concrete Proof;What the promise of Hebrews 11:1 (Faith is substance of things hoped for,Evidence of things we Do not See) teaches us,is that the Holy realm of God is not of the World.Our senses may fool us, but we know,(by what we understand in heart),the Bible claims are honesty,truth and Holiness of God.
---rosem4839 on 4/14/07


greetings,belief has attained the level of faith when it motivates life and shapes the mode of living.the acceptance of a teaching as true is not faith ;that is mere belief.neither is certainty nor conviction faith.faith does not shackle the creative imagination neither does it maintain an unreasoning prejudice toward the discoveries of scientific discoveries.faith vitalizes religion and constrains the religionist to heroically live the golden rule
---earl on 4/4/07


Belief is placing my trust, confidence, hope that I will receive what I have been lead to believe I will receive. The person in whom I believe will have been represented to me in such a way that I will place my confidence in Him. In this case, Jesus. I will recognize that I have a need for what is being presented to me via this person. Faith is putting my confidence, trust, hope in someone I believe in to bring forth that which I do not know & can not see at the present time.
---Linda on 9/18/06




AlwaysOn, Great Minds Think Alike. LOL
You do seem to have a very tender, teachable spirit like I do. I notice our answers match alot. God Bless you Mightily!
I have faith like a child. If God says something, I believe Him and I don't question Him.
Last year He told me to do something. I was tempted to ask Him why, but didn't. When I did what He told me to do, I prospered and rec'd $14,000. I had NO idea WHY he was telling me to do it, but my childlike faith obeyed and I got blessed.
---Donna9759 on 9/14/06


Faith is a superimposed unwavering confidence in the Father, His word, principles & promises. It is manifest in words, attitude, and actions that corresponds to & clearly demonstrates the indwelling presence of Christ. Faith results in a reliance upon, an adherence to, a trust in and dependence upon the Father, & defines belief. Belief opens the mind to the Fathers existence, faith assures us of that existence. Belief is representative of a state of mind, faith is expressed in the relative action.
---josef on 9/14/06


I believe that Jesus has the power to save me; faith is making it real in my life.
I believe Jesus can heal me, faith is acting upon that belief.
---mike8384 on 9/14/06


I believe that belief and faith are one and the same. My belief i.e. what I believe, is what I will have my faith in.
---Helen_5378 on 9/14/06


All answers are great, thanks! I ran across some old bible study notes on the topic and thought it would make a good discussion here.
Donna9759, your comment matches my notes almost verbatim!
So often I hear people state what they believe, but how they live and what they do illustrates their faith. Sadly, the 2 don't always line up.
---AlwaysOn on 9/13/06




alwayson, belief in relation to the gospel is the hearing of the word.as you hear it you begin to believe the many witnesses and the witness of jesus about himself through his miracles.as the testimony piles up the facts begin a process of belief. now comes a time of whether you accept or reject these witnesses.accept then the faith part starts.faith in what you believe,though you can,t see it or touch it.
---tom2 on 9/13/06


My immediate though was that you beleive in a fact, but faith means trust in that fact.
A child believes he has a father, but also trusts that father to keep him safe.
Now trust or faith in Jesus leads on to other things, as others have described.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/13/06


Faith is a Belief which can not be substantiated by empirical evidence.
---Phil_the_Elder on 9/13/06


The english words are both from the same Greek words "pistis" and "pisteuo". They both have the same meanings. What you believe in is your faith.
---john on 9/13/06


Here is an example of belief versus faith. You are very hungry. Someone brings you a tray of food and tells you that if you eat this food you won't be hungry. You look at the food, it really looks good and you believe that if you eat you won't be hungry any more. Now belief without action will not feed you, you have to take the food and eat it. Just knowing the food will fill your belly will not make take away the hunger pains. You have to get up, pick up the food and eat it, put your belief into action.
---Debbie on 9/13/06


Christian faith is rooted in the person of Christ and the provision of the cross. All men have been given a measure of faith. Some exercise that faith in themselves and some believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and are saved.
---Linda6563 on 9/13/06


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