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As we have come to understand our world differently through science and knowledge, we have also come to perceive the Divine differently.  The patterns of ‘the heavenly bodies’ are governed by the rules of physics and do not require the hand of God to literally move them around each day.  The water cycle does its thing and rain waters our crops, snow fills the mountaintops, mist rests in the valleys.  We have seasons because of the tilt of the earth.  We heal from meningitis because we have antibiotics.   We enjoy biodiversity because we protect (and nourish) the habitat of other species.   All these activities were considered the direct responsibility of God at various times in human history and He/She was worshiped based on the belief that the character of the Divine was linked to these activities on a regular basis.  So, if the rains came, ‘God was pleased with us’.  If the rains did not come, ‘God was punishing us’.  If our child healed from fever, ‘God’s favour was upon us’, but if they died, ‘God has removed His/Her favour from us’.

So much of what we now understand as natural law was attributed to the direct action of the Divine in previous times.  And, many people extrapolate this to presume that science will eventually eradicate any need for God at all.  They believe that ‘the God of the gaps’ will disappear altogether.

My problem with this kind of thinking is that it presumes that the Divine Being exists primarily to perform tasks; tasks that we humans cannot or will not attend to.  What if this is not true?  One of the modern beliefs in the West that I find most extraordinary is that which belittles the Divine to being subject to the whims and fickleness of human creation/opinion.  If God/dess does in fact exist, I suggest that He/She has a self-defined set of character traits, and also determines what daily activities and interactions are deserving of His/Her personal attention.

People who believe ‘the God of the gaps’ is dying simply because the Divine is not directly involved with the things that we previously believed He/She was about, perhaps need to alter their thinking about God/dess.  Maybe the Divine is about other things?  Maybe S/He sees different gaps?  Maybe S/He is about relationship?  Maybe S/He is about Love?

 

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