It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse is a great example of the God of the Gaps argument.
“People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.” – Isaiah 2:19
When Earth shakes we call this an earthquake. During the time of the Old Testament the cause of an earthquake was not known, so it makes sense the authors of the Bible described this shaking as an act of God. As time passed and people learned more about the Earth’s interior we gained a very good understanding of what causes earthquakes. When rock breaks along a fault line, it releases a great deal of energy and causes the ground to shake. We even have strong evidence today that fracking is causing earthquakes where earthquakes were previously very rare!
The reason this is a crazy statement in the Bible is many Christians today say every verse in the Bible is the literal truth of God. No, it isn’t. Science each day closes the gap in the God of the Gaps argument. As the gap closes, God becomes weaker and weaker. Saying earthquakes are caused by God when science tells us otherwise doesn’t make God stronger or anymore true. It weakens the religious argument. Science and the internet are increasing the rise of the non-believers every day.