is “faith” sometimes a euphemism for “belief”?

I’m told in a Moodle discussion forum:

[The Bible being the Word of God] is a belief completely based on faith.

What is the difference between belief and faith?

Of course, I’m not talking about trusting someone – that kind of faith is common. For instance, I have faith that in the near future – to the best of your ability – you’re going to take interest in your studies. I have good reason to believe this to be true based upon my experience. That sort of faith is different, no?

I ask because I find the word “based” interesting. What is the “base” of Christianity and how is it any different than a belief?

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6 Responses to “is “faith” sometimes a euphemism for “belief”?”

  1. jonolan Says:

    For the purposes of Religion I believe the following definitions will work:

    Belief:
    Thinking that some is or will be. Example – They believe Abortion is Murder.

    Faith:
    Accepting something as a fact without access to direct objective evidence. Example – Jesus Christ was the son of God and is God.

  2. gnuosphere Says:

    True, it sounds strange to say, “I have faith in Abortion being Murder” but I often hear the interchange between, “I have faith in Jesus Christ the Savior” and “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior”.

  3. jonolan Says:

    “I have faith in Jesus Christ the Savior” may mean that they have faith that He is right and that His word is law and the only road to salvation.

    “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior” is a simple statement of belief – BUT it’s predicated on their “faith” that He is actually divine despite the total lack of empirical evidence.

    Of course a lot of it is just poor semantics LOL!

  4. gnuosphere Says:

    “BUT it’s predicated on their “faith” that He […]”

    In other words, it’s predicated on their belief that Jesus is…

    I’m not trying to be stubborn. I’m simply not seeing any difference between the two words in many cases. However, “faith” has such a nice ring to it as compared to “belief”. Perhaps this is why believers often use this euphemism. Sorry, “people of faith”…not “believers”. :)

  5. jonolan Says:

    Faith – belief that is not based on proof
    Belief – something believed; an opinion or conviction

    You might say that “faith” is a subset of “belief”. This is also all working with the root form of the nouns in question. “Belief” can also mean an idealogical tenet. “Faith” can also mean a religion, i.e. the Christian Faith, the Jewish Faith, etc…

  6. Neil Says:

    Many people do use “faith” as jonolan defines it, but that is not how it is used in the Bible.

    Check out the books of John or Acts, for example. No one was ever told to “just believe” or to believe in spite of the evidence. They were pointed to evidence and reason (eyewitness accounts, fulfilled prophecies, etc.).

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