Faith and belief

Faith and belief are often considered to be one and the same. I have given the concepts and faith and belief considerable thought and contemplation and I have concluded that while they seem to be similar, they are not the same at all. They are two distinct and separate entities. One can have faith without a belief just as one can believe without having faith. Faith and belief are independent of one another but they can coexist.

Faith is intuitive and internal; it comes from within. Belief, on the other hand, is external. Beliefs are entirely derived from external sources — what you’ve been told, what you’ve read, what you’ve experienced, and what you’ve observed. Belief is based upon what one perceives as one’s external reality. One can point to something outside oneself and say, “This is what I believe and why I believe it.” Faith, on the other hand, is completely intuitive. One cannot point the the source of one’s faith and say, “This is why I have faith.” One can only know that it is.

A set of beliefs may be used to support or justify one’s faith but it is not necessary. Faith can, and often does, exist independently of a belief system or it may even be contradictory to what one believes. It is also quite possible and, indeed, quite common for people to be firmly entrenched in a belief system and either have no faith or to believe that their belief system is their faith, blissfully not knowing the difference.

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Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

2 thoughts on “Faith and belief”

  1. I try to steer away from beliefs. It’s too easy to get bogged down in them and have them set like concrete and then it’s difficult to break free of them. Ideas, on the other hand, are much more pliable. One is able to change and adapt them as one processes new information.

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  2. Faith and belief can only lead you to your path. Only you can walk the path. No one, not even Jesus, can walk it for you. Ultimately, you alone are responsible for your own salvation.
    R.B. Romig, 18 December 2016

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