What's the difference between faith and trust?

If any?

And I'm not talking about the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition. What is the difference to you, in your belief system?

Between people and God, between spouses, between parents and kids, between brothers and sisters, between friends, whatever: what's the difference between the two concepts?

39 Answers

  • 10 years ago
    Best Answer

    Trust is a feeling based on a track record.

    Faith is knowing.

  • 10 years ago

    I see them slightly different but feel it may almost be semantics.

    Seems in my Spiritual life the mean the same.

    Faith is not hope to me, hope is hope.

    Faith is that I know all is working toward my coming to Remembrance no matter what my Human assessments may be or what it feels like.

    In my Human relationships, I can have a relationship where my "trust" has been broken, & still ultimately have faith in that person knowing within they are the same as me.

    Trust very often is a judgment based on past experience, theirs & mine.

    Faith goes much deeper, it has nothing to do with the intellect but comes from the Wisdom of the Heart.

    A simple gift given to another, "I have complete faith in you" will very often help to release the bonds of past mistakes.

    I feel I may not have explained this well, the difference is subtle.

    But this was a great Q!

    You had me pondering this for 2 days.

    Many Blessings!

  • 10 years ago

    Trust is developed slowly but can be destroyed in an instant. With so many sensing that their trust has been abused, is it any wonder that people are reluctant to have confidence in others? According to a survey published in Germany in 2002, “fewer than 1 in 3 youths have a basic trust in other people.”

    Faith- primarily conveying the thought of confidence, trust, firm persuasion. Depending on the context, the Greek word may also be understood to mean “faithfulness” or “fidelity.”—1Th 3:7; Tit 2:10.

    Faith is based on concrete evidence. The visible creative works testify to the existence of an invisible Creator. (Ro 1:20) The actual occurrences taking place during the ministry and earthly life of Jesus Christ identify him as the Son of God. (Mt 27:54;

    “Trust not to rotten planks,” wrote English dramatist William Shakespeare. Indeed, before stepping onto the wooden planks of a boat, you would want to be sure that the wood was not rotten.

    THE words of Shakespeare echo the sentiments of wise King Solomon of ancient Israel, who some 3,000 years ago wrote: “A fool will believe anything; smart people watch their step.” (Proverbs 14:15, Today’s English Version) Yes, only a fool would go through life blindly accepting everything he hears, basing his decisions and actions on frivolous advice or baseless teachings. Misplacing our trust—like stepping onto rotten planks—can lead to disaster.

  • 6 years ago

    Faith is a belief, which may be true are false,which is unknown to the person has a faith.The trust is an act based of past experiences culminate in faith and belief almost nearer to the truth within reasonable thinking.

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  • 10 years ago

    Faith comes from the heart...trust comes from the mind.

    In my own experience, faith requires no context, no history, nothing that must be known...it stands alone, unrelated to anything else. Trust, on the other hand, arises from past experience with something or someone in which a context holds information to base the trust upon.

    Faith is immeasurable, wholly connected and unified, based on nothing (no thing). Trust is a measurement, a weighing, a judgment based on evidence. With faith there is no comparison, while trust is solely derived from comparative evidence. This, of course, is my own understanding.

    i am Sirius

  • 10 years ago

    hi Jon:

    You've already gotten some really good answers. I'll throw in my two cents' worth for what it's worth. The terms are overlapping. I happen to live near the source of the Mississippi, so I'll use a river as my point of reference. Faith is what an eagle sees when she looks down on the water; trust what a fish sees from within it. Both perspectives are "true". Wisdom, at least for me, is understanding that the air and water are not separate, but parts of a living system that transform into one another over time.

    have a great day.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    lets see, your a tricky bugger arnt you..a deep thinker. I'd say they are 2 differnt things. Lets see if I can form this into words that are swirling around in my brain. Trust....is something earned. I trust my spouse would never hit me..because he has never laid his hands on me in that way. I trust that my truck will start because it always has.

    Faith on the other hand is not earned. Faith is believeing in something that you have no way to prove. Faith is not based on past experience, or a surity of anything. Faith is emotional, a verb I suppose, where as Trust is more of a noun. I trust God, cause he has helped me through things in my life, But i have Faith because at times when I can feel Him. That make any sense?

  • 10 years ago

    I take three different meanings of 'faith' depending on context.

    1. Absolute belief of some claim as being certain.

    2. Belief (certain or not) of a claim without any basis in evidence.

    3. Confidence in something recognised as uncertain.

    All three rely on trust, but are not synonymous with trust.

    Trust is about accepting the source of a claim as being reliably correct.

  • 4 years ago

    Faith is the blind trust we have on someone or something... We have no reason to trust that thing but still we do for our hearts say to do so... Trust is based on facts, understanding of the subject, person or thing... You trust someone based on your previous experience with them, their behavior and other factors...

    For example,

    You have faith that you will succeed one day...

    And you have trust that you being a topper who is well prepared for an exam will pass that exam...


  • Tigger
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Between me and God..... I have faith that God is waiting for me and I trust he will let me into his kingdom some day.

    Between me and my spouse..... I trust that he will be here for me always.

    Between me and my kids..... I trust that they will be loving people and I have faith that God will be there for them.

    Between me and my friends of whom I have adopted 3 as sisters and 2 as brothers..... I have faith in the fact that they will always be there to help me spiritually and emotionally and I trust that they will always love me as I love them, unconditionally.

    Faith is a spiritual trust you have in another who has the same deep spiritual feelings as you do even though they might vary in some way. Unconditional love like Jesus had for his disciples and everyone else. Trust is knowing that others will accept that in you.

  • 10 years ago

    To me, Trust is a word that you use when your confidence is low. Whether you are depressed or confused or doubtful about several things all at the same time. For the Bible says to have trust in Him.

    Trust is also like Respect in that you (build up) trust by "seeing" someone DO what they said they would do. Trust is what we need in the Lord to Claim His promises. We need to trust in ever bigger promises as we grow up as a Christian.

    Faith was first used in the Bible in conjunction with our faith in God to Save us based Solely on the Sacrifice that Jesus made. Revelation 2:13, 19, 13:10, and 14:12 all use words saying (patients and faith of the saints). Deuteronomy 32:20 has the first usage of this word and it pertains to The Salvation of those....who posses faith. And the Second usage of Faith in the O.T. is Hab. 2:14 also talks about living by faith as it pertains to being saved.

    Faith's primary meaning is to believe that Jesus' Sacrifice atones for your and my sins.

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