When it comes to the biblical narrative stories of faith, Shakespeare had it wrong when he said through a character in one of his plays: “life is a tale told by an idiot…full of sound and fury and signifying nothing.”
On the contrary, the narrative stories of faith recorded in the Bible are ancient examples of the very modern concept of specified complexity and functional coherence…as identified within information theory. The “instructions” that make up the specificity of every letter of every word of their “stories” is sophisticated at a level of artistic ingenuity, foresight, and premeditated purpose as to be entirely outside of human imaginative invention.
Like the Cambrian Explosion of diverse biological life-forms occurring 530 million years ago…like the complexity and information content of the genetic code we find in DNA, like the unmistakably preprogrammed capacity of children to acquire human language communication skills rapidly at an early age, like the proclivity of protein molecules to fold together into highly complex shapes in order to become functional units, and like the specified complexity and integrated coherence of the cross and the resurrection themes contained within the narrative stories of faith in the Bible…begs the question…where did this front-loaded information come from?
Finally, the revelation of information communicated in the Bible through the examples of the narrative stories of faith is an “historical” format. Each narrative story of faith is unique and non-recurring. The specific details of the stories of each person of faith match a particular time in history and a unique task to perform.
We can draw inspiration and encouragement from these divinely composed, orchestrated, and recorded historical lives and events…but part of the brilliance of the creation of journeys of faith is that they cannot be duplicated in anyone else’s lives but our own.
The priceless heritage of every Spirit-born Christian today is a uniquely crafted, God-composed adventure of faith individually tailored to match our abilities and personalities…which contain all of the challenging, faith-building elements that will lead to a personal relationship with the one, true, living God.