I was assigned to present a paper on epistemology, which is the philosophy of truth, knowledge and belief, and to convey it on the terms of my judgment. I am blessed to have a professor who encourages his students to freely express their opinion, and this is what I intend to do.

Do you know any good verses on 'faith' and 'knowledge' and what it means to 'believe?'

Thank you!



Hebrews 11: 1 says "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

This is probably one of the most fundamental verses you can quote when asked about faith. It is the most obvious and clear definition of what it means to believe something especially God.

Knowledge is pretty much the same as faith. We all know the color of the shirt we are wearing today; and we know it is either red, or blue because we believe it is. You might say, we do not just believe it, because we actually 'see' it, but have you considered asking: What if red isn't really red? or color isn't really color? We 'know' things because we 'believe' they are.

We are certain of something, like a God or a supreme being because we 'believe' there is a God, we perceive God, through nature, through His works, through the emotions we feel about Him, and that collection of perception becomes the very foundation of 'knowledge' of God.

PS: Faith is like eating in a fast-food restaurant, you'll never know how it was made, but you believe it's safe, and you eat it anyway.

  • I very much appreciate this answer! It is clarifying and covers nearly all of what I have been learning in my philosophy class this past week with a sweet and simple Bible using answer! Thank you! – Ava Mar 25 '14 at 13:27
  • If everything requires for us to believe then we live in a world that means much more than to just simply exist; we are here to believe. Would it be correct, in your opinion, to say that we were all born to believe; that life is all about believing? I mean, if this were not the case then, we would never drive into town because, who knows, it might not be there anymore! Or reach down to pet our cat assuming that he still likes us when really, he might not! I know this is turning into a philosophy question, but I had to ask. Thank you again! – Ava Mar 25 '14 at 13:28
  • Yes you can say that, but some might argue with you about being 'born to believe' as others view this differently. But an answer coming from a Christian point of view, yes. We were born to believe God, believe that He exists and that He is in control of everything he created. And about believing in general, still, everything is there because we believe it is. So yeah. – muffin Mar 26 '14 at 0:24
  • Thank you for confirming this for me! It is so compelling, the simplicity of this concept to think that our one mission (among others) is to simply believe. Thanks again! – Ava Mar 26 '14 at 21:17
  • i thought you accepted this answer? xD haha – muffin Mar 27 '14 at 0:22

Hebrews 11;6 But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

James 2;14-26 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? If a brother or sister be naked and be destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works is dead, being alone. Yea a man say, Thou has faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when had offered Isaac his son upon the alter? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God and it was imputed unto him for righteouness, and he was called a friend of God. ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Faith without action is self-deception.

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