To be is simply to exist or to occur/take place. So to 'be' something, that thing must either exist or occur.
-Beliefs can simply exist or occur in an action.
Someone believes in something, therefore that belief exists; that person then makes an action based on that belief.
Ex: One believes in God, one then goes to church.
-Actions can exist, but only in instances of 'one' making it occur or take place.
Ex: One believes in God, one then goes to church. There must first be a 'one' to hold a belief to make an action based on that belief. Actions may not simply occur.
Ex: __ then goes to church.
People are their beliefs.
If someone says they believe in something but their actions don't reflect it, then they don't really believe it.
You don't get anywhere just thinking about doing good and believing in doing good, you need to do good.
It's like when so done commits a crime, they don't get away with it just because they say they won't do it against.
The idea that people are their beliefs is the one that leads to holy wars and profiling. In modern times many Muslims are judged by their beliefs because of the actions of the extremists--despite the fact that the profiled Muslims have done nothing wrong. There are people who preach goodness but do wrong and vice versa.
Mathew 7: "16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."
I just gave you $1000 "Where?" you ask. "It's invisible, it's over there." say I. In a moment of gullibility, you believe me. "I can't feel it." you say. I tell you "you can not touch or feel it. It is completely undetectable."
This money is useless, assuming it exists. What matters is what we actually interact with. This is how people are: we have our thoughts, but all that really matters is what we actually do, which is largely the result of what we think. What we think is important as an indirect cause of who we are, but we are what we do. No one can know our thoughts.
This is, unless the belief has the same reason to accept or reject them.
For instance, some people may despise Muslims because of what a small few have done, what a number of them have done, or what many of them do, but if not all of them do the despicable thing then you can not judge them by their belief. If it is because of something they all have in common then you would be able to do so.
Example: If you hate them because they fly planes into buildings, then that would be prejudicial because it was a smaller radical group that did that. If you dislike them because they follow the teachings of Muhammad then you would be judging them on what they all do. Seeing that this is a common action then you would actually be judging them on their actions and not necessarily their beliefs.