8. God of the Gaps
There is a view among some Creationists that science certainly can explain some things – to a certain extent. But, the argument goes, science cannot explain everything, ie, there are gaps in our scientific knowledge. These Creationists attempt to bridge the gaps with “God”, ie, God exists in those gaps. This is sometimes known as a God-of-the-Gaps argument. It should be understood from the get-go that the term God of the Gaps is generally derogatory in nature. Can’t explain it? Attribute it to “God”!
The problem with using “God” to explain the unexplainable is this: once an explanation is found, “God” becomes smaller. As more and more gaps are filled in our scientific knowledge, “God” diminishes. The danger is coming to the conclusion, “Oh, it isn’t God after all – it’s X.”
It should be mentioned here that some anti-Creationists take full advantage of the fact that some Christians embrace this ideology. They then take it to its right conclusion, ie, as gaps are filled, humankind will have all the answers and realise there is no “God” after all.
As believers, I think that we should acknowledge that God is in control of everything. So, this God of the Gaps theory should not be adopted at all.
In Part 7, I shared how a beautiful little silver cross pendant came into my possession.
Now, I am not deluded enough to think that God somehow ‘miraculously’ put that necklace in that safe. I don’t believe that it appeared that out of nowhere. I know that there is a rational explanation. If and when I ever find out how that necklace ended up there, it will not be an earth-shattering moment for me. I’ll just think, “Oh, so that’s how it happened!”