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What the 'truthful' difference between belief and proof?

Often one person's belief is another person's proof, and another person's proof is another persons belief. Humans seem VERY confused.

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  • 3 months ago
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    Atheists are experts with their belief of no God.

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Rational belief is dependent on evidence, or proof. One can believe something without any evidence, but such a belief is irrational.

    born again Christian biologist

  • 3 months ago

    Proof is for science, which can't say anything about whether God exists or not.  Use the right tool for the job.  Proof for science, experience for religion.  Both are valid forms of evidence.

    Every year millions experience God for themselves.  You should, too.  It's the logical thing to do.

  • 3 months ago

    I lean toward the view that if we have a sound proof something is true, we don't need to believe it. And of course, if we have proof it's false, it would be foolish to believe it. 

     

    Beliefs are working assumptions. They are very useful, but only when proof isn't available. And they are far more useful when we keep track of what we can prove and what we simply choose to believe. 

     

     

     

     

     

    “Sir, surely only things that exist are worth believing in?” said the enquirer [...]  

    “If they exist, you don’t have to believe in them,” said Didactylos. “They just are.” 

    -- Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods" 

     

     

     

    Belief, . .is all we got to separate us from being a chunk. 

    -- Cheech Wizard, the Cartoon Messiah; in "Deadbone" by Vaughn Bodē 

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  • 3 months ago

    A Belief is an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists. For example, "I believe this plane and flight crew and fly safely."

    A Proof is evidence or argument establishing or helping to establish a fact or the truth of a statement. For example, "I saw this man shoot the deceased."

  • 3 months ago

    What is not "confusing" is John 14:6.

  • Ron
    Lv 5
    3 months ago

    When it comes to God and the Bible, Jesus tells us that we can BELIEVE God's word because it is the truth - John 17:17 - Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth.  But God's word of truth also warns us that some people twist the Scriptures to mean what they want, instead of the truth - 2 Peter 3:16. . . and these things the ignorant and unstable are twisting, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.  - - - -  Since this is the case, God's word of truth tells us how to make sure we are not misled by those that will twist the Scriptures - Acts 17:11 . . . carefully examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.  - - - -  If we examine the Scriptures carefully, we can make sure we get the truth from them.  The reason we can rely on this is because the truth cannot be contradictory.  This can be illustrated this way.  Either God is a trinity, or he is not.  Both cannot be true.  Another example is this, either Jesus is God, or he is not.  Both cannot be true.  So you can see, the truth cannot be contradictory.  Therefore, if we carefully examine the Scriptures, we can make sure we are getting the truth.  So if someone tells us something that is not in harmony with the Scriptures, we know it is not the truth.  Because Jesus said God's word is the truth.  Take for example when people say that Jesus is God, we can look at this Scripture - John 10:36 - do you say to me whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme,’ because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?  - - - -  Jesus said he is God's Son.  Not God.  If we want to make sure we are understanding this correctly, we can look at another Scripture - Philippians 2:5 & 6 - 5 Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God.  - - - -  By considering these 2 Scriptures from God's word of truth, we can believe that Jesus is not God.  And that it would have been tantamount to a seizure for Jesus to consider that he is equal to God!  But the Scriptures say that Jesus was without sin - Hebrews 4:15 -

    For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tested in all respects as we have, but without sin.  - - - -  Jesus was without sin.  He did not have a seizure, thinking that he was equal to God.  - - - -  The foregoing just illustrates how a person can use God's word of truth to make sure they are indeed getting the truth.  And that is what God wants everyone to have, an accurate knowledge of truth - 1 Timothy 2:4 – whose (God’s) will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.  - - - -  Since God wants everyone to have an accurate understanding of his word, we can also go to him in prayer and ask for his help - Psalm 65:2 - O Hearer of prayer, to you people of all sorts will come.  - - - -  It''s only reasonable to believe that the God that wants us to have an accurate understanding of his word will help us to do just that.  Obtain an accurate understanding of his word.  So with that in mind, I invite everyone to visit the following web site where free Bible lessons are offered online.  But ALWAYS examine the Scriptures carefully, to make sure you are indeed getting the truth.  The site is: 

    www.jw.org

  • 3 months ago

    I'm pretty sure most adults have walked through a door for the first time of which they had no proof of what was on the other side of that door until they walked through it. Believing by faith is action. Believe it then act on in, that's called walking by faith. Believe, act according to that belief, then you will see.

  • 3 months ago

    Sorry, but you are wrong again clyde. Proof is what leads to belief. Without proof of something you have no reason to believe. Well, except for religious people. They believe all kinds of crazy stuff for no good reason. Thats why they have to have faith. You know, believing in things for no good reason. Because if they had good reasons, they wouldnt need faith. I think you are the one who is confused. 

    Source(s): That is supposed to be a punctuation mark called an ellipsis. It should only have three dots.
  • 3 months ago

    Proof only exists in mathematics and logic. However, what you're describing is a very subjective way of looking at things and you are completely ignoring objective methods.  So, you may believe that the water in a glass in cold (subjective), but we can measure the heat content of the water to tell what temperature it is (objective).  Belief is subjective because what you call cold, another can call cool and a third might believe it is warm.  In the objective method, no matter who takes the temperature, it is consistent, or we can tell why it has changed.

  • 3 months ago

    Beliefs are based on faith and can be anything you want them to be.  It is impossible to disprove a belief.  Beliefs are unfalsifiable and are very much dependent on the individual.

    Proof requires some kind of physical evidence.  The evidence is used to either support or disprove the claim.  It is NOT based on personal convictions but rather factors external to the person.

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