Whether we like it or not, Naruto is a story of faith.

All this talk about destiny, about dreams, about prophecies, and about believing in someone tells us indirectly of the theology/sprituality of the Naruto series. This we can't deny, no matter what our religion or philosophy, or sets of beliefs are.

Let us then use the most surprising of the last words of Nagato as a starting point. "The book . . . and you (Naruto) . . . it's like someone set this all up; or maybe this is the hand of the real God." (http://www.onemanga.com/Naruto/449/12/).

Indeed, there would be no prophecy without the God who told the word to the ancient frog sage, and who made the J-man wander and stumble upon the mystical world of the frogs in the Myobuku mountains. That fateful encounter between the Frog Sage and Jiraiya was an affirmation of the prophetic word and the reality of its ultimate Source.

The frog sage acknowledged this, and shared the prophecy -- and the faith/belief that necessarily comes with it -- to Jiraiya. As it was transmitted in faith, the prophecy comes as some sort of a divine command to our J-man. Jiraiya must be a student of life, and its servant. He must travel the whole world and write a book, and then make a decision that will make or break the world. Such were the words of prophecy/command to Jiraiya. All the wisdom and learning he receives from life and from the people he meets along the road, friends and enemies alike, would be significant factors in his writing the book that would change the lives of two children, and consequently through them, change the rest of the world.

It is indeed, all comforting that in the end, Nagato decides to believe in Naruto and then acknowledges the hand of God. This act of faith means that Nagato indeed was the Child of Prophecy. It was the faith that used to be lacking in him, or that which he has lost, but has finally decided to restore . . . to resurrect, so to speak, was what confirmed him the Child of Prophecy. So the Frog Sage acknowledges this in front of Gamabunta, ?I never imagined that both Jiraiya?s students would be the children of prophecy . . . the ones who will lead a revolution in the ninja world.?

As I was saying, the prophecy required faith . . . faith in the truthfulness and goodness of the God who uttered the word, so that the power and the new life that is hiding within the prophecy may be revealed. All significant characters we have seen so far, most especially, as their true characters are developed towards and until the high points of the story undoubtedly depict persons of deep faith. It was the faith that significant persons gave Naruto that made him the person that he is, it is what made him powerful -- more powerful than even the modern reincarnation of the legendary Sage of the Six Paths." The real power that Naruto has, comes from within," someone among us has spoken the truth. It was his "never give-up" kind of faith . . . that made people want to believe in him, too.

Whether we like it or not, Naruto is a story about faith; and to us readers, it poses, thus, the same question and challenge.