Faith and Belief
What's the Difference?
The difference between merely believing and actual faith is obedience. You've heard of the French gymnast Charles Blondin, who walked a tightrope across Niagara Falls pushing a wheelbarrow and amazed thousands. When he ask the frenzied spectators if they believed that he could do it again, they cheered with a resounding "YES!" But, when he asked for a volunteer to ride in the wheelbarrow during his feat, none were willing. Though they were thrilled by what Blondin could do, none of them believed to the point of getting into the wheelbarrow and crossing over with him.
Likewise, when some many riveted and moved by the supreme power of God shown in Biblical accounts, they remarkably discredit Him and His Word by believing in Him, but not to the point obedience. And, every excuse and reason NOT to is exhausted in their defense.
Consider for a moment, that after Jesus Christ had died and rose from the dead, never to died again, He declared that you will be saved if upon hearing the gospel, you believe it, repent of your sins, acknowledge you faith in Him and are baptized for the forgiveness of sins -Mk. 16:15-16, Lk. 24:46-47 and Matt. 28:19-20. Moreover, every account of conversion recorded in the book of Acts indicates this very pattern. Yet, so few believe Jesus Christ to the point of doing just what He said to do.
It is said that obedience and baptism comes after one has already been saved and forgiven of their sins. But, faith is incomplete, even "dead" without obedience -Jms. 2:22-26, and sins are washed away through baptism, not after.
So, faith is belief and love demonstrated -Jn. 14:15/Jms. 2:18