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What does it mean to "Believe in" something?


I keep hearing and reading people say "I believe in" followed by Gods, Devils, Supernatural forces and even scientific debates, (Creation, Evolution, etc.) I know what "Believe" means and I know what "in" is. The two words, put together, do noe make sense to me. Can anyone clarify?

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    Peter Freeman (iantoPF) 4 years ago

    "When you believe in something, it means you give yourself fully to that idea"

    That is an excellent definition, thank you.

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    Peter Freeman (iantoPF) 4 years ago

    A truly beautiful answer. Thank you.

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    Peter Freeman (iantoPF) 4 years ago

    I agree totally. If the phrase has any meaning at all it is being misused.

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    Peter Freeman (iantoPF) 4 years ago

    Thank you but there lies my problem. I understand you believe. How does "believe in" make sense?

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    Peter Freeman (iantoPF) 4 years ago

    Very well put. Let me see if I understand; It is one thing to believe myth as truth and another thing to see myth as presenting archetypes of the human consciousness. Interesting points.

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    Peter Freeman (iantoPF) 4 years ago

    "we believe in our hearts that God exists."

    Thank you edhan; that is the first time, in these answers, that I have seen the phrase "Believe in" make sense.

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    Peter Freeman (iantoPF) 4 years ago

    I know it makes sense to you but how does the word "believe" followed by the word "in" make sense?

    Also; if you have Love, Respect, faith and patience, you have something wonderful. When you add obedience and fear you have an abusive relationship.

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    Peter Freeman (iantoPF) 4 years ago

    Not as self explanatory as you might think. "Believe" is like Faith. "In" means being inside. The two words together don't make sense.

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