A comment on the word ‘Believe”

The word “Believe” …”Believe” comes from two old English words: BE and LIFON. BE meaning “life” (as in being) and LIFON meaning “according to”. Therefore, to believe means to live according to (what you believe)” ~ Answer Bag (answers.com)

This time of the year the word is used a lot promotionally by companies to in sue the feeling that anything is possible if you are simply willing to believe! You hear “Believe in the Magic of Macy’s” and the mascot word for “Tastefully Simple”, a direct sales company, is the word “Believe”  as it appears on many of the non-food items they sell.

The word “Believe” also has been chanted in such Christmas movies as “The Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Polar Express”. Little Susie in “34th Street” and Daryl in “Express” both spoke the same mantra…”I believe, I believe, I believe…” in order to hopefully experience the full spirit of Santa and Christmas.

And the word “Believe” was one of Michael Jackson’s favorite verbs which he used in so many of his statements as he defended his self publically when he was alive.

Believe…in Greek the word for “Believe” is pisteuo (pist-yoo’o) and means to have faith and trust. With regards to faith the word “Believe” or to “Believe on” connotes trust, but to “Believe in” something is simply agreeing that something is.


Believe it or not…that’s all I have to say!


About bacurran

I am a stay-at-home mom living in Hunterdon county NJ and I take care of my husband, two children and a great big giant black dog! This blog is a combination of snip-its from my daily life as a mom along with some of my thoughts on various mom and life related topics!
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