“God of the Gaps”

What we know about the world is constantly changing: today’s accepted “facts” are tomorrow’s disproven theories. Some people place their faith in science to fill in the “gaps” in scientific “knowledge” which they identify as the Christians’ last resting place for their labelled “God of the Gaps”.

I believe the gaps do belong to God. So does everything else. Everything was His before time began, and certainly before he began to reveal His truth to us, whether that be through His Word, His Spirit, or the investigative techniques he created and inspired our enquiring minds to discover and use.

God and science are not mutually incompatible; science belongs to God as much as everything else. Francis Collins puts it better, and with greater authority, than I could hope to:

“Will we turn our backs on science because it is perceived as a threat to God, abandoning all the promise of advancing our understanding of nature and applying that to the alleviation of suffering and the betterment of humankind? Alternatively, will we turn our backs on faith, concluding that science has rendered the spiritual life no longer necessary, and that traditional religious symbols can now be replaced by engravings of the double helix on our alters?

Both of these choices are profoundly dangerous. Both deny truth. Both will diminish the nobility of humankind. Both will be devastating to our future. And both are unnecessary. The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. He can be worshipped in the cathedral or in the laboratory. His creation is majestic, awesome, intricate and beautiful – and it cannot be at war with itself. Only we imperfect humans can start such battles. And only we can end them.”
― Francis S. Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

“Faith and reason are not, as many seem to be arguing today, mutually exclusive. They never have been. The letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament defines faith as ‘the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of the things not seen.”
― Francis S. Collins, Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith

As a mere enthusiast, I enjoy science. Let us celebrate the scientific discoveries God has revealed to us, and acknowledge that they can barely begin to fully reflect the glory of Him and His creation.

3 comments

  1. Thought-provoking post.
    God is sovereign, so nothing can be a true threat to Him. Experimental science involves ideas which can be tested and are tested. The ones that are proven false are discarded. This kind of science reveals more of God and what He has done. It is that which has “promise of advancing our understanding of nature and applying that to the alleviation of suffering and the betterment of humankind.”
    Historical science, however, involves ideas which can’t be tested (such as the age of the universe). In this kind of science, faith is involved in the interpretation of evidence–either faith in God or faith in some human idea (such as the idea that everything can be explained without God–naturalism).
    So I don’t want to turn my back on the science that glorifies God. But neither do I want to be deceived by those who claim they can figure out what happened in the past when they weren’t even there and don’t acknowledge the God who was there.
    Tricia

  2. I read this information on Brother David Cloud’s site, Way of Life Literature in The Friday Church notes for July 18, 2014.

    According to researchers, the Higg’s boson has proven the big bang to be an unviable explanation for creation of the universe because its existence means that the universe would be collapsing in on itself rather than rapidly expanding.

    The cells of the human retina perform billions of complex calculations before the image is sent to the brain. It would take the world’s fastest computer hundreds of hours to perform the same calculations.

    The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows forth His handiwork. God bless you:)

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