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Jack Wellman August 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

Fantastic work Robert. I had counseled with one woman who was contemplating marrying a man who said that he believed in God but I told her that so does the Devil and the fallen angels, demons, but that doesn’t mean that they have saving faith. I wish I could have referred her to this fine article (although it was not yet published) to help her understand that she needed to be sure to marry a Christian and not just someone who “believed in God.” You made it crystal clear that belief and faith are not the same thing. Thank you brother. Well done.

Derek Hill August 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Wonderful analysis on this Robert. Thank you for elaborating so clearly on faith and believing. God bless you brother!

Nikita August 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Dear Robert
I completely agree with Jack. You have made the difference between belief and faith clear with regard to how we should live as Christians. for me, faith is a stronger conviction than belief, after reading this article.

There is just one thing I wanted to ask, that threw me a but as I started reading this:
You started off by saying “Many people say with confidence, that they ‘believe’ in God. Many of these same people think that this is enough to guarantee that their sins are forgiven and gain them admission to heaven”. While this in itself is not quite correct (what people believe, I mean, not what you said), I always thought that people were saved if they believed that the only way into heaven was their belief that Jesus died for our sins and is our Saviour.

So while I agree with your article about faith and belief, with our faith being demonstrated in the way we live, while belief is not always so demonstrated, please could you just expand on your first point for me and whether the faith you wrote about is also a prerequisite for heaven?

Please don’t get me wrong – I completely agree that, as true Christians, we should not only believe, but also have faith in God and live our faith… But I just wanted to be sure on the teachings I have heard.

Thanks again for the article. It has given me motivation and strength in my daily living.

Nikita

Robert August 6, 2013 at 6:54 am

Thanks for reading and commenting Nikita.

A couple of biblical examples may help make this clearer. In Luke 23, we read about the thief on the cross who truly put his faith (belief) in Jesus. The thief had no opportunity to live out his faith, but he was truly saved, as Jesus’ words reveal (Luke 23:43). Had the thief lived, he surely would have exhibited a changed life. This is true faith, the kind that results in salvation.

James, writing about a shallow kind of belief, says, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19 ESV). The demons know the truth of God, but they do not submit themselves to Him or worship Him. This kind of belief is not the saving kind.

I am reading a book right now that had a great illustration of this: Putting our faith in Jesus should be like getting hit by a Mack truck going 70 miles per hour. No one could say, “Hey, I stepped out into the highway today and a Mack truck going 70 miles per hour hit me. It’s amazing; it didn’t change me at all.” They might say it, but no one would believe them. The same is true with saying you ‘believe’ in Jesus, your life should be radically different because of your faith. How could it be possible for someone to truly ‘count the cost’, understand all that God has done for us, commit his or her life to Jesus, but his or her life not show any difference? How could that decision, commitment, not make a huge difference in the way life is lived?

God bless you, Nikita. I hope I’ve cleared some things up and not made them more muddy. In short, the Bible never leads one to belief that one can be a follower of Jesus and not have it show in their lives as evidence of their relationship with Jesus.

Yours in Christ,
Robert

egbe peter August 7, 2013 at 2:47 am

Thank you Robert for this reply, now i really understand

Robert August 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

Praise God. He uses the weakest of vessels (Me) to get His Word to others. May God bless you richly.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

ed gonzalez August 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm

In hebrews it says faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. You can’t say you believe in Christ and have no faith. It comes hand in hand.

A truly well written article.

God bless you Robert
Ed

Robert August 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

Thank you, Ed,
May God continue to bless you and draw you closer to Him.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Bobbi August 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I truly believe this very thing of belief and faith is one of satan’s biggest deceptive tactics. I know for myself I spent years in this deception. I would say I believed in God, I hardly spoke the name of Jesus,and I would listen to gospel music and cry , and when people asked me if I was saved I was quick to tell them yes. I kept living the same old sinful way thinking that was my lot in life and I couldn’t be good like other people. I would try for awhile but it didn’t last long. until I truly repented after God had brought me to the end of myself, meaning I had run out of answers and excuses and realized I was no exception , then truth was revealed and I became a new creature in Christ Jesus.My life became all about Jesus and now I am a missionary in Guatemala loving my Lord and the people He sent me too. PRAISE HIM FOR EVERMORE

Robert August 21, 2013 at 7:10 am

God bless you, Bobbi,
Thank you for sharing your story here. It will surely be a great encouragement for those who are dealing with similar struggles. Our safest action in any situation is to trust God. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

ROBERT D PORTER February 2, 2015 at 2:03 pm

THE WORD IS IN THE WORD

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. (KJV)

Continue to do your part

Tour Brother in the Faith

Elias C. October 1, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Hey Robert,

I loved the piece on the difference between belief and faith, very well said… I agree with all you have pointed out here…
However, I would like to bring to our attention the issue or difficulty we have with what our faith ‘actually is’, i’m not sure you presented, as opposed to what we may earnestly believe…

We are saved by the grace of the blood of Christ Jesus…

But – ONLY by Faith –

NOT – just because you believe that to be true..

Faith and what you believe are two defferent things…

Your belief is something you ‘choose’ – That does not ultimately require fact…

Faith however – must be definitively proven, for you to ‘know’ in your heart it to be true or real… Validating evidence…

No room for excuse or Delusion…

BUT – What do you believe you know?

That we are saved by grace? That’s not faith…

That’s a choice – Lacking evidence…

Meaning; some do choose to believe the grace of someone’s death yet, some do not believe – that one death – will allow them to go to heaven in space somewhere, after they die – It can’t be known…

Faith – would be ‘knowing’ in your heart, The one and only one who has the power and authority to ‘forgive’ your offenses, by the blood of his only begotten Son – ‘Actually Exist’ –

Only in the love and The Spirit of this proven Truth that HE IS – can you rest in the trust of a spoken promise of grace and mercy thru the finished work of His Sent Son…

Faith is only one truth – You undeniably know HE IS…

Impossible to please Him otherwise…

The question is – What can authenticate the glory of his very existence in heaven… That is unknown to man to date?

Christopher Mavin November 14, 2015 at 11:15 pm

First off, I love what you wrote. I am doing a study on “faith” and you used a lot of verses that I implemented into my study; good stuff. Secondly, I was reading and I saw that you stated that 2nd Thessalonians 5:12 says “pray without ceasing”, and I know that there isn’t 5 books; only 3. I double checked where in the Word it stated “pray without ceasing, and it was located in 1st Thessalonians 5:17. Anyways, just wanted to give you a heads up and make sure you double check scripture locations because Revelation 22:19 states “do not add nor take away’ from the bible. I understand it probably wasn’t intentional but we still need to be careful.
Brother in Christ,
Chris

Robert November 16, 2015 at 7:27 am

Christoper,
It is Christians like you who encourage me to continue to write articles about the Bible. Your comment tells me that, like the Bereans (Acts 17), you consider it of utmost importance to verify what you hear, or read, being taught concerning the faith. I thank you for catching my mistake. I am amazed that it took so long, as I wrote the article in 2013. Others may have noticed it, but you are the only one who pointed it out to me. I am in full agreement with you on the importance of being as accurate as possible when teaching/preaching/ writing about the Bible or things concerning biblical Christianity. I don’t know how I made that mistake, but I apologize to you, and anyone else who might have been confused by my missed reference. I have sent an email to the site editor to correct my goof. Once again, I thank you for pointing it out to me and I want to encourage you to continue to ‘search the Scriptures daily’. God bless you, brother.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Agazie benjamin January 26, 2016 at 12:40 pm

Thanks dear,from your analysis i understood that faith means what you are not sure of,noy seen but believe means (physical) you can see it,

Sussan Osei Oforiwaah January 29, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Awww bro Robert!I am most grateful for ur blibical analysis on de word of God….was so much confused on de difference between faith and believe,but we bless God that through de help of de HOLY SPIRIT i av been able to understand and clarify my doubt on this issue.God bless you and may heavens continue to lift u above ur colleagues and cause you to shine forth…Amen

Danny February 1, 2016 at 4:14 am

Wow….it is well and clearly explained.my friends were arguing or not really arguing but they wanted to come to one conclusion on what comes first between faith and belief.well,from what has been explained,someone has to believe and then exercise his /her faith by taking action

Kimberley June 30, 2016 at 5:52 am

Thank you for your thoughts – very powerful read. My faith is so strong that when I first read about having faith in a plane while travelling: I laughed! My faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ and nothing else. I understand that you mentioned the plane for the purpose of explaining faith in something, but as I am a believer -Jesus is Lord!

David July 25, 2016 at 5:42 pm

Robert,
Thanks for this great piece on The Difference Between Faith and Belief. I am wondering about verses like:

Acts 16:31 – “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

John 3:16 – whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 1:13 – In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit…

John 20:31 – but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John 6:47 – Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

John 5:24 – Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.

John 20:31 – but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

All of these verses talk about believing being the way to salvation. How does Ephesians 2:8-9 – For it is by grace you have been saved through faith…. fit in. Is the word “believing” in these verses the same as faith in Ephesians 2:8?

Thanks so much for your time and insights!

David September 5, 2016 at 5:58 am

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus) that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Only believe and you are saved. Hallelujah.

Br Will September 17, 2016 at 2:42 am

Recently I have heard opinions or arguments concerning faith and belief in God. It seems as if some of us could be spiritually blind. We fell to realize that salvation is a matter of the heart. For us to understand faith and belief, we must understand our hearts. Quickly, we are all born sinners. We are evil people who stubbornly follow their own hearts and sought after other gods to serve and worship. We don’t want God! This is why it is a gift of God, not a result of works. So, we can’t boast by saying that we chose God freely and willingly! This is why God the Father had to make a predestined people for His son who are zealous to practice good works freely and willingly. This is why Jesus died for us peculiar people, the redeemed. Listen! We were drawn to Christ, because our Father in Heaven allowed the Good News to penetrate our harden hearts, and order to receive the true light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Once we sought forgiveness, confession and belief putting faith(trust) in the Lord our God Now, by grace we have been save through faith. Our broken lives are a testimony of His saving grace. Now that’s faith and belief in God! Amen! Love you all! Oh! By the way, man added verses numbers to the scriptures in the fifteenth century.

Br Will September 17, 2016 at 2:52 am

Forgot, very good article by the way Br Robert Driskell. I was speaking with my son the previous night regarding this topic. I was lead here also for assurance. Glory to God!

Cmarkpress September 23, 2016 at 10:21 pm

Thank you for the article… It was very enlightening and thought provoking.

I think it boils down to this: Belief can be found on the lips and/or in the heart. Faith resides ONLY in the heart.

david March 29, 2017 at 8:43 am

Thanks Robert

Ryan Zombro August 12, 2017 at 11:45 pm

I believe that true faith is the same as true belief and true belief is the same as true faith. There isn’t any difference in belief and faith, except in the spelling of the word. Faith sounds stronger than belief, but is that the case. Who taught us this? Belief, trust, and faith all mean the same thing. It is simply a matter of perspective. Who is the object of your faith, belief, or trust? I really am confused by your article because I truly can’t see much of a difference between the words. If I believe in God, then I should trust Him and have faith in Him. If I have faith in God, then I should believe in Him and trust Him. If I trust God, then I should have faith in Him and believe Him. You see, these words are interchangeable because they are the same, not similar but exactly the same. Go argue this fact! I think there are several different definitions of these three words. It just depends on the definitions we use. I don’t intend to argue or even disagree with you, but I can’t help but to speak the absolute truth of the Word of God. In the Bible the words have the same meanings.

SINCERELY

RYAN ZOMBRO

Jack Wellman August 13, 2017 at 8:04 am

Hello Ryan. It is different in the sense that we believe what God says in His Word and belief shows up as obedience, and our faith is in Christ, so we believe what God says in His Word and have faith in God to do exactly as His Word says. I won’t go argue these differences as believer’s are not to be contentious over things that are not essential to our salvation.

BEBIA May 6, 2019 at 2:22 am

QUOTING Cmarkpress “I think it boils down to this: Belief can be found on the lips and/or in the heart. Faith resides ONLY in the heart.”

Quoting Elais C “Faith however – must be definitively proven, for you to ‘know’ in your heart it to be true or real… Validating evidence…

No room for excuse or Delusion…”

Willie Allen December 10, 2017 at 10:38 am

I love the dialogue. Great article. It has help me tremendously.

Bernard Procter December 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Many years back (I’m 50), I heard a story that helped me understand the difference between belief and faith. I’ll relate it as best I can remember. Some may already know it I’m sure.

There once was a great tightrope walker who was going to do his latest tight rope across a very deep canyon. Many people gathered to see his performance.
He walked the tightrope across the canyon and back and then asked the audience if they believed he could push a wheelbarrow across the canyon and back. They all shouted yes we believe you can. He proceeded across the canyon and back pushing the wheelbarrow to the loud applause from the crowd.
To make things even more interesting he asked the crowd if they believed he could push the wheelbarrow across the canyon on the tightrope with someone in it.
Immediately the crowd roared: “Yes we believe you can!!!”
Then he asked: “Who’s first?” and the crowd went silent.

Point of the story, for the Christian, is that believing is a small step in the right direction, while faith is a huge jump.
We can believe quite easily, but jumping into the “wheelbarrow” takes faith, as it challenges the impact of what we believe and challenges the personal cost to us and so on.

Jesus Himself is the author and perfecter of our faith according to Hebrews 12:2 (worth reading whole of Hebrews 12 for context).

I don’t have all the information, but quite often (e.g. John 3:16 and Acts 16:31) in the Bible we see belief as the first step to salvation and then faith follows right behind. In the book of Acts account: the request to believe in the Gospel was followed by faith and action from the jailer and his household.

We can thus perhaps say that faith is putting our belief into action and Jesus initiates and continues that faith if we offer up even a small amount.

Blessings to all on this forum in Jesus Holy Name.
Greetings from Cape Town, South Africa

Bernard

Jack Wellman December 13, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Thank you sir. This is a good analogy.

Ray May 12, 2018 at 8:38 am

“Maybe WE actually “Give-Up” FAITH for our “Beliefs”…..Belief IS about justifying something…Perhaps Evil/$$$$$…. Faith is on a far Higher level?

Akinola Ojo Paul October 26, 2018 at 7:28 am

This is great! it has really strengthened thought. God bless you the writer of this article

Gregory Anderson October 30, 2018 at 12:31 am

I am heartened by the article and the conversation of this thread. Biblically I find evidence that the Holy Spirit moves like the wind, as Jesus explained to Nicodemus. I also find that God gives a measure of faith to each of his people, those who are born of God and not by lineage, culture, nor personal will (Jn1.13ff). I have and will again have to change beliefs about things as I learn more and grow spiritually. Faith can only be exercised or not; and if not Jack becomes a dull boy.
I was also glad to see the thread has continued activity. It means “signs of life”. Yay!

Jack Wellman October 30, 2018 at 9:43 am

Thank you kindly Mr. Anderson. You are very encouraging sir.

Sondra Hobbs March 22, 2019 at 7:21 am

Thank you so much for such a powerful message.. May God continue to use and bless you in Jesus name pray Amen

BEBIA May 6, 2019 at 3:17 am

I see a difference between faith and believe

You can believe what you hear without verifying the facts
But you can not have faith on something you have not verified.

FAITH IS BASED ON SOLID EVIDENCE

The scripture blow makes it clear
Heb 11:11 “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.”

The faith that gave Sarah the strength to conceive was based on her Judgment of who God is…….she very the facts about God and came to the conclusion that God who made the promise is able and capable to perform it. Faith here is based of authenticated evidence.

There is a gift of Faith and also a fruit of faith. The Faith that appropriates salvation is Gift and not a fruit. Faith as a fruits is a product of maturing in the spirit.

Hal July 22, 2019 at 6:47 am

You load men down with burdens you yourselves are unwilling to bear…..

Kristina October 29, 2019 at 3:40 pm

I do not agree whatsoever with what you are saying sir! Goodness- you say this like we have any power at all to change. Your pride blinds you. Flesh cannot rid itself of flesh- only God can do such things. Your message sends condemnation, not life, not hope. You send the message that there is no hope for sinners. There are SO MANY verses (written above) that Jesus says we just need to believe. Read “Humility” by Andrew Murray and thank God He will have mercy on your soul for thinking so highly of yourself.

Jack Wellman October 29, 2019 at 5:07 pm

Hello Kristina. Thank you for your comment. You accuse me of just what you are doing. Judging. I judge no one but I do judge whether somethign is true or not and now I see why you are so confused. You are reading Andrew Murray, who is a false teacher and teacher of heresy, like universalism, or that all will be saved and is contrary to Scripture. Many of Andrew Murray’s writings should be avoided altogether by all Christians. Compositions such as his writings on the Faith Cure are certainly worthless settings forth of dangerous error. The remainder of his works, at the most, should be read only by those who, within the protection of a strong Bible-practicing Baptist church, have a comprehensive knowledge of his Keswick and continuationist errors and the spiritual wisdom to reject them, as well a firm grounding in the truth of Scripture on the doctrines and practices concerning which Murray has been led astray. Since such knowledge is absent in the vast majority of those who read Mr. Murray, the great majority of his readers should abstain from reading him. Countless Christians have been hindered in their sanctification and been spiritually confused by the Keswick errors in Murray’s writings, and many have been influenced toward charismatic apostasy by him. Even for the small minority that possesses the comprehensive knowledge and equipment to diagnose and handle his errors, one would expect greater spiritual refreshing from spending time in the Word itself, instead of Murray’s works, and from the reading of better devotional writers who handle the Scripture with more study and carefulness. A spirituality developed from the study of Andrew Murray will be withered and weak compared to a spirituality sustained by a deep study of God’s Word, so please avoid this false teacher and I would pray you quit being so hateful and judgmental. Repent of this and I pray God softens your heart for your harsh words betray what’s in your heart. Repent of this today.





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