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DEFINING "FAITH" AND "BELIEF"

Defining these two words and explaining how
they work together during our faith journey.

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The words faith and beliefare sometimes used interchangeably by religious writers, but on other occasions are used in a way that gives each word a distinctive meaning.  The two terms can be used to actually help us describe the way forward during our search for both religious truth and related experiences in life. For a quick overview of the many faith and belief building options, that are actually available to us, please see the article, How to believe in God.

In regard to this articles heading though, the word faith is used to describe, a theoretical understanding, based on Bible scriptures, that we accept as truth. On the other hand, the word belief is used to describe,what we accept as real as a result of our life experiences, when they fit our evaluation framework, i.e. what we come to believe beyond reasonable doubt through our justifiable reasoning processes.

To a large extent one builds on the other. For example, faith is often based on a viewpoint that sits well with what we have already accepted through the basis of evidence. And on the other hand, experience-based evidence can also arise through putting our previously unproven faith to the test.

The development of belief in God will not occur in the same timely manner for everyone of course. We are all different. Each of us are affected by our own individual genetic bases and the environments in which our personalities have been forged. Some of us will require more valid and relevant evidence to believe than others, as a result. And the extremity of belief building events in life will obviously vary from person to person.