I was watching an episode of my new favorite show, “Global Spirit” over the weekend, I think it was the one with Karen Armstrong in it. She said that the word “believe” in the context of the New Testament originally had nothing to do with faith.
The English word “believe” comes from the German liebt, which means “to love”. And so, the story goes, when the New Testament was translated, the word “believe” was used where Jesus was not talking about having faith in him as a savior and whatnot, but simply loving him. And as the “Son of God”, by extension Loving God, bhakti yoga, you could say.
Aham Bramasmi. Tat Tvamasi