The latter kind of so-called belief is most likely to be gained in order to boost or titillate one's ego. In other words one's ego is enhanced by the acquisition of what is often an unhealthy dose of unreality. When belief is "gifted," however, a very different process is involved, namely a taking away from the ego. And this process, which is sometimes referred to as "letting go," is the crucial difference. Not only that, but letting go can be applied in a number of different situations, resulting in psycho-spiritual benefits for the receiver. It may well be this removal of substance - if I can call it that - from the stifling shell of the ego that brings about the receiving of the gift of belief that appears to have no connection with the subject being investigated.
I wonder, having once experienced the process of, "Coming to believe....." why anyone would wish to return to the state of being totally dominated by one's ego. Perhaps this is what was in St. Paul's mind when he said in his "Letter to the Galatians" [3:ii and iii]:-
"How was it that you received the Spirit - was it by the practice of the Law, or by believing in the message you heard? Having begun in the Spirit, can you be so stupid as to end in the flesh?" [New Jerusalem Bible] A similar quote from the King James' Version says:-
"Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh (or ego)? Have ye suffered so many things in vain?......" [3:iii and iv]
There is undoubtedly great power in the process of letting go. It almost demands a human response of faith. Of course this may fly in the face of the intellect, of rationality. That does not mean, however, that a faith response - a response from the heart - flies in the face of reality. But at all times discernment needs to be practised. Somewhere, somehow, doors are beginning to open; doors that for so long I have chosen to shut.