is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (hebrews 11:1) So its definitely not just belief. Heck the Bible says the devil believes and trembles. That does not mean that the devil has faith.
To say someone believes in a god makes them have faith is ignorant. James 2 says What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Simply put if someone says they believe but then does nothing with that belief then they have no faith. For instance you can say I believe that this chair will hold my weight but if you are unwilling to sit in the chair you have no faith.
as to the whole faith thing being irrational, well you got that part right. It was irrational for columbus to go west to get to india. It was irrational for george muller to start an orphanage and not ask a single person for a dime, he simply prayed it in. This man ended up feeding ten thousand orphans a day on prayer without asking for a dime. It was irrational for george washington to lead the americans against the british.
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