world suffers from belief and is in great need
of Faith. Most people take Belief and Faith
as synonymous, and this is where the trouble
begins; the dictionaries are wrong to describe
them as synonyms; they are actually antonyms,
because Belief exists where there is no knowledge,
no direct, personal experience of the object
of Belief, while Faith, on the contrary, arises
from knowledge, from direct contact with and
experience of the object, whatever it might
be. Thus, the old saying: "Seeing is believing",
is not true; seeing is knowing; believing is
during the Middle Ages, most people believed
that sickness was caused by demons, and Satan—the
Devil—was a very real person to them.
Nowadays, although many Christians still believe
in Satan as a person, they would hardly answer
"Yes" if asked: "You say you
believe in Satan, but do you have faith in him?"
In this way, they might recognize the difference
between Belief and Faith.