How did the words "Believe" and "Faith" develop in the English language and explain inplicit faith and explicit faith?The Creed

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Believe originated as a verb in the Middle English period between 1150-1200. It's earlier version in Old English (belyfan) which we would look at today as to believe meant "to hold dear, to love." Many similiarities of the root in Dutch, Old Spanish and Germanic languages came to mean "to desire, or to like." Up until the mid 17th century it was spelled beleeve. This history in meaning is significant when studying any creed because the root -cred- relies on the understanding of believe. A creed is a statement of belief that the speaker understands as complete truth.

Faith comes from the Latin root -fid-. You will see it in words like fidelity, or fiduciary. It means "to trust or believe." By the mid-13th century, it came to mean "the duty of fulfilling one's trust." It began widespread use as a synonym for religion in the 14th century.

These words are so similar. For further study, use the word etymology as you google each of them.

For inplicit and explicit faith, I would take a guess that what your instructor might be looking for is the internal and external "duties of fulfilling one's trust." For example, an explicit demonstration of faith is meeting the needs of widows and orphans or openly praising God regardless of what others think. An inplicit example is quiet prayer, daylong conversations with God, or reliance on him for needs to be met.