Billy Graham wrote a wonderful devotional regarding faith vs. fact… If you are saved, you are saved through a personal faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as defined in Scripture. Though many may see this as too dogmatic or narrow-minded to many, the fact remains that there is no other way. I Corinthians 15:1, 3,4 states, Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.
The Bible says that we are saved when we believe this objective fact. The work of Jesus Christ is a fact. His cross is a fact. His tomb is a fact. His resurrection is a fact. Historical records of the time verify these facts. The best-known historian of his day, Flavius Josephus (A.D. 37?-101?), mentions Jesus in his Antiquities, Book 18, chapter. 3, paragraph. 3. Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, (9) those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; (10) as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.
The facts are there. Faith is what we believe about these facts. It is impossible to believe anything into existence. The Gospel did not come into existence because people believed it. The tomb was not emptied because some faithful people believed it. The facts preceded the belief. This is important because we are psychologically incapable of believing without an object of our faith.
So not asked to believe something that is only in our imagination or is not credible, but to believe that the fact of the Gospel, in Jesus Christ’s life, purpose, death and resurrection. These facts transcend all history. And this historical figure, Jesus Christ, said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me (John 14:6).
Trusting in Him for your eternal salvation is trusting in facts, not in a figment of someone’s imagination. And you know what? When you have faith in these facts and act accordingly, you can be joyful most of the time. Are you trusting in these facts?