Just like all that glitters is not gold, not everyone who claims to believe in Jesus truly does believe in Him.
Many good people think they believe in Him, yet they truly do not. This is why so many have become frustrated in the faith.
If believing was simply limited to a conviction, there would not be so many ‘brethren’ embarrassing the name of the Lord Jesus.
When someone trusts someone else, they begin dating or assume a steady relationship with them. For the sake of a clear conscience, to gain the approval of society or a “religion”, yet none of these things change their marital status.
From a spiritual point of view, this just shows their faith is contaminated with passions or futile and useless feelings.
When you trust the Lord Jesus, this relationship develops on the base of feelings and passions. You turn away from things such as personal sacrifices, obedience and honoring your word.
On the other hand, when you believe in someone, in a biblical way, you assume the commitment of unconditional surrender – marriage for life –, established by the Almighty.
The origin of the verb “believe” has to do with this kind of commitment. It involves daily sacrifice, until death, by those who believe.
This is the kind of faith that guarantees eternal life.
Therefore, he who believes in the Son has everlasting life… John 3.36
Those who do not believe are already condemned to the Lake Fire and Brimstone, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.