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Faith and Belief

  1. Jacqueline4390 profile image89
    Jacqueline4390posted 23 months ago

    Is there a difference between Faith and Belief? Are these two words interchangeable or can you have one without the other? Is it possible to believe in something without putting your faith in it?

    1. Jacqueline4390 profile image89
      Jacqueline4390posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I believe that if nothing is wrong with my car and if I put my key in the ignition it will start. Is that also having faith in my car's abilities?

    2. Kylyssa profile image95
      Kylyssaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I think belief is thinking something real and faith is having expectations and desires of things you believe in.  Where it gets tricky is that sometimes people believe in things due to their expectations and desires that they exist.

      Believing your car exists means you think it's real.  Having faith your car will start means you both expect and desire it to.  Faith is unnecessary to believe your car exists.  Believing your car exists is necessary to have faith in it.

      Believing in God would be thinking God is real and having faith in God would mean having some sort of expectations or desires of God.  Having faith in God requires you believe God exists.  Believing God exists may require having faith or an expectation and desire that God exists.

      1. Jacqueline4390 profile image89
        Jacqueline4390posted 23 months ago in reply to this

        As for my car ... I know that it exists because I can see it with the natural senses. Faith goes beyond what I can see ... it transcends the concrete and goes into the abstract. As the Book of Hebrews states "it is the evidence of things unseen."

    3. CuAllaidh profile image81
      CuAllaidhposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Faith and belief are absolutely different, while belief can be faith based, and faith can be belief based the two do not have the same meaning. Faith is complete trust or confidence in something, belief is accepting a statement or the existence of something. While there are circumstances where faith and belief can be used in a sentence interchangeably and mean the same thing, this is not always the case. As with many things in the English language it is about nuances.

    4. Jacqueline4390 profile image89
      Jacqueline4390posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I truly BELIEVE that each of your answers hit squarely on target! There are some highly intelligent and insightful people at HP :-)

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      Deborah Sextonposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      There is a difference in faith and belief.
      Faith is more like trust and
      Belief is like a knowing

    6. Diagoras profile image61
      Diagorasposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      "Faith is defined as confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity, view, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion, as well as confidence based on some degree of warrant.[1][2] It can also be belief that is not based on proof.[3] The word faith is often used as a synonym for hope,[4] trust,[5] or belief.[6]" Wikipedia cut and past.

      It would seem that faith and belief are essentially the same and in that same category is trust. What would be the difference between a faith in a person or a faith in a god? One is based on  a  personal experience of action, the other on an abstraction or hope of something or in something absent any real knowledge or experience.

    7. kess profile image61
      kessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Yes they can be interchangeable depending ontthe context.
      Your faith is the confidence you have in your belief.

      Your beliefs represent the confidence you have in your knowledge.

      Your knowledge represent your perception of existence.

      Your perception represent the level of conflict of desires.

      The less conflict leads to clearer a perception which increases knowledge, giving confidence in belief which determines the strength of your faith.

  2. LadyFiddler profile image73
    LadyFiddlerposted 23 months ago

    Hi I believe both goes co in hand because you must have faith to believe.

    E.g. if you go to the doctor and he tells you take some antibiotics it will cure you. Now you believe him , so when you go home you take the tablet and faith in you is believing and hoping for the best that when this medication is applied you will be healed/cured. Likewise with a HEADACHE WHEN YOU TAKE THAT TABLET YOU ARE APPLYING FAITH IN THE TABLET AND YOU BELIEVE YOUR HEADACHE WILL PASS.

    Therefore you cannot believe without faith :

    E.g. #2. if you go to the beach to bathe you believe that there is nothing in the sea water to harm you and you have faith that you will come out the water safely without anything going wrong.

    Have a bless day

  3. Kiss andTales profile image28
    Kiss andTalesposted 23 months ago

    Yes you are correct ! Like no one here really can see hubpages staff from where they are and yet hub pages exist and we as writers exercise faith in their pages and channels.
    not seen , but seen in understanding by the things that are in front of us. I do not know how clear that is but I do like your explaination

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      Deborah Sextonposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Yes, we believe (know) the staff is here, and we have faith (trust) that we are in good hands..sorta speak

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    Lantokeyposted 23 months ago

    Ocassionally in this dystopic realm of the mundane my FAITH in human nature is restored by trusth honesty and politeness. I BELIEVE these ideals are essential in getting along together!

  5. Kiss andTales profile image28
    Kiss andTalesposted 23 months ago

    Another way to look at it is by what is written ,New World Translation 1Co 10:31 Therefore, whether you are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do all things for God’s glory. 
    There is nothing wrong with recognizing God's Glory from all things he has created , that should be very natural  as it would be to love your family.
    The world we live in today has adopted  or gotten away from what is pure and natural .
    Like organic to process as example !
    I agree with you about politeness and honesty, I hope those two things never become obsolete.
    But those that do know and love the Heavenly Father will always keep that real and in mind. We can always make needed adjustment in these areas .