To believe entails holding an oppinion regarding something for which there is no or little proof.
Such as believing that the sun will rise tommorow morning because you have the apriori knowledge that the sun rose yesterday and the day before therefore tomorrow also.
Unless one believes in God -There is no proper apriori knowledge regarding the absolute knowledge that there is a God.
On the Assumption that there is a God then belief in God or not a god follows as the argument is examined for its truth values .
Faith is not based on assumptions nor Truth factors but in holding fast to the unprovable about which certain Hopes, expectations and the rest obtain.
To opine that “God sent his only Son into the world…. John 3.16 is a leap of Faith into the darkness, because the fact that God, if God exists sent His only son into this world so that those who believe him might have eternal life, requires belief.
By Faith I believe John 3.16
We may be familiar with Hebrews 11, the chapter on Faith…
1Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see
3 By faith we understand/believe that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. https://www.biblica.com/bible/niv/hebrews/11/
When the holy Spirit enters the arena then we begin discovering our moving from Believing through Faith to the gift of Knowledge, we know there is a God because his spirit lives in us
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8.14
All of this follows from Accepting or rejecting the words of the Logos
Believing means assenting, among other things to the Credal Statements, our stated beliefs, best of all the Apostles Creed.
1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
5. The third day he rose again from the dead:
6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:
9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
10. The forgiveness of sins:
1l. The resurrection of the body:
12. And the life everlasting. Amen.
They are the beliefs of the church derived from the examination of Scripture and human arguments.
When filled by the holy Spirit in commune with God then these statements become:
I know God the Father Almighty made heaven and Earth.
Believing, by Faith with growth in the Spirit, a presence which comes to live within, leads to knowledge of God … because we hear God’s voice a concrete presence in our lives.
Having the gift of faith in our beliefs through the Spirit leads to knowledge of God.
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