In this lesson, we're gonna talk about the differences between 'faith' and 'belief'. 'Faith' is more common in religious contexts, whereas, 'belief' is general.

"Faith" vs. "Belief" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both refer to how we perceive something. However, 'faith' refers to trusting someone/something from the depth of our hearts. It is not necessarily based on any proof. 'Belief', on the other hand, refers to something that we consider to be true.

Differences

As I stated above, 'faith' is when we trust someone/something deeply. It is mainly associated with religious contexts. Look at the examples below:

When I was leaving, mom said: 'I have faith in you, son.'

Faith is not something I can explain through logic, you know.

'Belief', on the other hand, refers to a more general idea of how we think of something. In other words, when we believe in something/someone, it exists and is tangible to us. Look:

Each culture has its own belief system.

Your lies created this fallacious belief in me that you love me.

Similarities

Both refer to how we perceive something/someone. Check out the following examples:

I have a firm belief that nothing is stable in this universe.

I have faith in everyone except myself.

Are They Interchangeable?

Although they are close in meaning, they cannot be used interchangeably. Compare:

✓ One of his toxic beliefs is that he thinks he is superior to women.

X One of his toxic faiths is that he thinks he is superior to women.

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