If asked our opinion, we usually have one. If asked about our faith (what we believe in), we usually can say. If asked why we believe something to be true, we usually have an answer. We answer either with an opinion or with a faith statement.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
Opinion: is a belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge.
Faith: firm belief in something for which there is no proof; something that is believed especially with strong conviction.
The definitions of both words are similar. Another word for opinion or faith could be the word “belief.” The word shows up in both definitions.
“A firm belief in something for which there is no proof.”
“Something that is believed with strong conviction.”
“A belief stronger than impression and less strong than knowledge.”
This writer believes that the word “faith” has a stronger impact when spoken than the word “opinion.” I have never read in the Bible where it says that we are justified by opinion or that without opinion it is impossible to please God. I have read, “we are justified by faith” and that “without faith, it is impossible to please God.”
Can I prove it? The answer is no. The Bible defines faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I never write to convince, but to cause one to think. After all, it’s only my opinion.
Time for another cup of joe. Have a good weekend.