Yeah, me too. Believing means something different than merely holding a working hypothesis about something, which is about all I have. Believing is more trouble than it's worth.
I dunno. As long as one is clear that it is not to be confused with actual reality and can be contradicted by observation, belief is okay. I believe there are other intelligent life forms in this galaxy. In no way, shape or form do I know
there are, but until and unless there's some observational reason to come down one way or the other on the question, it's a harmless belief to hold. It doesn't cause me to deny myself vital medical care, or drive me to shove my belief down other people's throats because I am so completely convinced of the reality of it.
Belief only becomes a problem when it doesn't come with the basic honesty to admit that it's a belief and not an observed 'fact'. I have no objection to someone telling me that they believe Jesus was the son of their god. I absolutely object to the flat declaration that Jesus was the son of their god. Without independent repeatable evidence, they cannot say that in any honest manner.
What the religious engage in is not, properly speaking, belief, since they claim not belief but certainty and knowledge. Belief entails the necessary admission that it goes beyond demonstrated observations, and this is not what's claimed by religious 'believers'.
I don't have a problem with calling tentatively accepting a working hypothesis 'belief'.