Faith and belief

Some of us in the apologetics business need to remember this.

Faith includes belief, but it is more than belief. Here are some of the differences:
Belief is an act of the mind; faith is also an act of the will.
Faith is an act by which one person says to another: “I choose to trust you and believe you.”
The object of belief is an idea; the object of faith is a person.
Belief alone is not something to die for. But faith is. Faith is also something to live every moment.
Belief alone is not enough to save us from sin and bring us to heaven. “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe – and shudder” (Jas 2:19). But faith does save us. We are “justified by faith” (Rom 5:1), if it is a faith that is alive and thus produces good works (cf. Jas 2:17).
Non-Catholics who, through no fault of their own, do not believe that the Catholic faith is true can still be saved by the faith in their hearts that leads them to love and seek God. For Christ promised that “he who seeks finds” (Mt 7:8). So while correct belief without faith cannot save anyone, faith without correct belief can.
— Peter J. Kreeft, Catholic Christianity, p. 23

It took me a while to realize that. Kreeft, as always, puts it into words very well.

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