Mr. Graham believes there is only one infallible standard–the Bible, God’s Word. In it God has revealed all we need to know and all we can know about Himself. A true faith is based on the Word of God, while a faith that is based only on the ideas of men is not reliable. That is why it is so important for Christians to know the Bible and what it teaches, because there are many contradictory ideas and religions in the world today.
Although Christianity may be defined by some as a religion, it is more than a religion; it is a relationship with Christ. While the great religions of the world teach that men must do something for God to earn His favor and to gain heaven, Christ brought the good news that God has done something for men. Because Christ paid the penalty for our sins on the cross, God offers salvation–forgiveness of sin, friendship with Him, and eternal life–as a free gift to be received through repentance from sin and trust in Christ.
We believe the evidence shows conclusively that Jesus Christ alone gave us the full truth about God. Most of the founders of the world’s various religions were men searching for God; they could give us only their own ideas about God. However, Jesus Christ made a startling claim. “When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me … For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it” (John 12:44-45,49). Now if this is true, we do not need to look elsewhere for the truth. That is why Jesus could say, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Was Jesus who He claimed to be? Yes! How do we know? Because He rose again from the dead. This act forever sets Jesus apart from all the religious leaders of the world. And it also means that He alone can forgive us and save us when we put our trust in Him.