Do you have Faith or do you have Belief? What’s the difference?
To understand the difference, it helps to know the history of the words themselves. The word “faith” is derived from the Latin word, fides, which is a variation of fidere; “to trust”. Originally meaning “to have loyalty to a person based on promise or duty”, it did not take on a religious context until the beginning of the 14th century, which, not coincidentally, is often referred to as the “Age of Faith” (see Crusades).
The word “belief” is a relatively newer word than faith. It has Germanic roots, and was first used in the 12th century with an original meaning of “to trust in God”. By the 16th century, however, it had come to mean “that which is mentally accepted as true”.
As for truth, its first recorded usage is in the early 13th century, its origin is Old English and its original meaning was “faithful”.
See a pattern here? Whether you have faith in something, or believe in it, or think it to be true, the end result is the same. You will follow that faith, or belief through to its logical conclusion or until it is proven false, from the Latin, falsus, “deceived, erroneous, mistaken”.
To me, faith is more than just sitting back and waiting for something to happen. Faith is active. Faith is an enabler. It requires us to go after what we want, in the belief that if we strive toward our goal, we will achieve it. Faith today exists in many forms, such as: religious faith, faith in yourself and your abilities, faith in your friends, in your community, and in your leaders.
When we choose, we act on faith.
Who do you trust?
Word Origins courtesy of Online Etymology Dictionary