Faith Is Much Better Than Belief.
When I happened upon this quotation as I was reading numerous thoughts by R. Buckminster Fuller, I at first skimmed right past this one. But as I gave it more thought, and took it out of the religious context, it was a very interesting exercise to think about the difference between faith and belief.
The difference between faith and belief is an interesting shade of gray. When we are told something from a friend, spouse, child, teacher, boss, political leader, religious leader, we enter a decision moment as to whether or not we believe what is being shared. It gives us cause to potentially contemplate the credibility of the source.
In the course of weighing our opinions as to whether or not we are going to believe what is being told, we ultimately come down to a core personal decision which at that point, becomes faith. Do I have enough faith in what they are telling me to believe what they are saying?
Faith does not exist in a vacuum. As an infant, we first develop faith in our parents to tend to our life support. As we get older and crawl out of the nest metaphorically speaking, we develop faith in teachers and religious leaders, coaches and teammates.
When we are older and more aware of the larger world that we are citizens of, we become aware of politicians on both a local, state and national level. That faith is continually stoked by reinforcement through actions that support the cause for the belief, or lack thereof, which reduces the faith and belief completely.
In either circumstance, the end comes from definitive follow through and execution. When faith is taken at a religious level, in which perhaps some of the immediate signs are more guised through interpretations of things that are happening in your world, a deeper internal strength is called for to maintain the faith.
The two words, faith and belief are beautifully intertwined. I hope your Monday is off to a great start!!??
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Is faith much better than belief? Why?
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Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking. – R. Buckminster Fuller
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