Belief vs Faith

“Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would ‘lief’ or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go.”
Alan Watts

(Thanks Bailey)

3 Comments leave a comment below

  1. SCHWIERIG ????

  2. I feel like I disagree with this. Most of the people I know who have ‘Faith’ tend to be the exact opposite of open-minded to any truth that doesn’t fit in with their preconceived notions. It’s almost as if Watts has his definitions reversed, at least in my experience.

  3. Faith is when we believe in something that doesn’t exist.
    ~ Bart Simpson