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Believing and faith : what is the difference?

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie (2 Thessalonians 2:11 KJV)

Believing, as we have discussed extensively, is a human capacity to accept information as true and rely on it. This human capacity is common to all human beings, whether born again or not, just like the capacity to feel, think or make decisions. All men have the capacity to believe and do in fact believe in something.

We all believe; the question is what we believe in. When Adam fell into sin, something tragic happened to our hearts. The natural fallen human being became TOTALLY incapable of knowing God or accepting Him as true. In other words, until the Spirit of God helps a human being, they will never believe in God’s Truth. However, the unbelievers still have the capacity to believe, and they believe a lie as mentioned above. They reject Jesus as the Christ and see salvation as nonsense. They will believe a lie, such as, there is no God! 

The foundation of our faith is believing in Jesus as Christ, the Son of God. Upon this foundation is build the changes in a person’s life, attitudes, actions etc that result from that believing. Faith is the sum of the believing with all the changes in the person’s being and actions that result from it.


Do unbelievers believe? What is the difference between the capacity to believe and faith as revealed in the New Testament?


It takes the Spirit to believe in Jesus(1 Cor. 12:3). Faith is the Spirit of God at work in our human capacity to believe(Acts 6:5). The greatest way to increase “faith” in your heart then is to increase “Spirit”. How do you do that? Get the Word in your heart!( Rom. 10:17). Grow in your fellowship with the Spirit, especially through prayer. Faith is not merely a mental game. It is the Spirit at work in our capacity to believe!


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