There is a marked difference in the quality of faith dependent upon whether it is based on religious belief or if it is grounded in religious experience. The difference in this quality of faith is “the one great partition” that William James describes as dividing institutional from personal religion.
Faith based on religious belief is, of necessity, only second-hand, while faith based on personal experience of a higher, religious consciousness is primary. The former is susceptible to wavering in tough times, while in the latter, or so it seems, there is “no variableness, nor shadow of turning.”
Bhuddini’s “Bliss Blog”