True Belief Is More Than Factual Knowledge

“But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that —and shudder.” (James 2:18-19)

The Bible promises that God will grant salvation to all people who believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God, who paid the penalty for their sins.

However, “belief” or “faith” is much more than factual knowledge. It is something that happens in the heart as well as the head. A true believer not only believes facts about who Jesus is, but also accepts the moral message of the gospel, being transformed inside out. A true believer loves God and is obedient to Him. The person who does not do what God tells Him to do is not a true believer, even if he claims to believe in one God.

Further reading:

 “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[ sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. (I John 1:6-10)”

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