Belief Vs Knowledge

Second talk with Alex Moses:

Knowledge – information acquired through experience or education.
Belief – something one accepts as true based on opinion.

Belief versus knowledge seems like the same thing at first glance, but yet could not be more different. I didn’t see much of a difference when I used these words, until yesterday. Yesterday while talking to Alex he stopped me during our conversation to explain to me the lack of “strength” in the word “Believe”. After we ended our conversation I thought about how frequently I have used “Believe” when talking to other people. Alex is right and “Believe” can be a sign of someone who is “unsure” or even lying about the “knowledge” of something. To be quite honest I have used “believe” to my boss when asked a question about something I did in fact not know. It’s a sad truth, I admit; nonetheless it’s my lesson and I learned from it.

“Knowledge” is a skill learned through dedication and training in a particular subject or area of expertise. Even a painful experience can provide someone with enough “knowledge” to avoid going through the same pain once more. We learn through doing and playing a vital role in our own lives. Through experience in our lives we are afforded a wealth of “knowledge”.

“Believe” is a hope or even a maybe at best. It doesn’t state factual truths, it’s just “a hope until proven otherwise” kind of word. Needless to say my boss looked at me and knew I was pulling her leg when I said, “I believe I did”. It looks weak and I honestly didn’t see it until Alex pointed that out.

I would much rather have “knowledge to drive in the correct direction than to “believe” I am with my fingers crossed.

Thank you,

Nina Pepe

22 thoughts on “Belief Vs Knowledge

  1. I agree – too often I take the phrase “I believe” to be personal opinion and perhaps not actual knowledge. Usually those that know or have experienced will start with “I know”, which tells me this is a fact from their perspective. None of this, however, means that an individual should simply take information based on either. We are, after all, individuals with our own experience, perceptions, thoughts and beliefs…sooo…listen, take it in, research as much as you can, then form your own results based on all of it. (ps – love your articles – make me think more than I normally do – lol! thank you!)

  2. My understanding of knowledge is information. Wisdom is the practical application of knowledge. Belief and opinion are not interchangeable. You do not die for an opinion. People lay down their lives and lose their careers / gain spiritual while losing physical family through being disinherited or shunned for their beliefs. I think there is a necessity to state that you can sincerely believe something that is erroneous or flawed. If we allow all ideas of truth to be equal in validity we are only deceiving ourselves. There is a difference between fact and fiction. This is my belief and an indisputable truth. Truth is proven by evidence. Does my lack of conviction make me a convict to doubt.? ☺

  3. Belief
    BELIE’F, noun

    1. A persuasion of the truth, or an assent of mind to the truth of a declaration, proposition or alleged fact, on the ground of evidence, distinct from personal knowledge; as the belief of the gospel; belief of a witness. belief may also by founded on internal impressions, or arguments and reasons furnished by our own minds; as the belief of our senses; a train of reasoning may result in belief belief is opposed to knowledge and science.

    2. In theology, faith, or a firm persuasion of the truths of religion.

    No man can attain [to] belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth.

    3. Religion; the body of tenets held by the professors of faith.

    In the heat of persecution, to which christian belief was subject, upon its first promulgation.

    4. In some cases, the word is used for persuasion or opinion, when the evidence is not so clear as to leave no doubt; but the shades of strength in opinion can hardly be defined, or exemplified. Hence the use of qualifying words; as a firm, full or strong belief

    5. The thing believed; the object of belief

    Superstitious prophecies are the belief of fools.

    6. A creed; a form or summary of articles of faith. In this sense, we generally use Creed.

      1. Alex Moses you are the God of your blog, thank you for letting me be in light of your presence.
        I am your servant and you are the most amazing miracle created by God.
        God bless you and wish you Love and Wealth
        Pastor Bryan J Burt

      1. you are talking to previous christian minister, when I learned what the religion is all about from inside out. I would not allowed anyone be a part of this!!!

      2. you can not be filled with holy spirirt you clueless what you talking about, maybe should die couple of times like I did to learn what is going on behind the doors of reality

      3. you are on the journey that I have passed decade ago, and now sharing ancient teaching that been around longer than Christianity and Islam put together

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