Lately I’ve begun to think about the gaps in life. I suppose this is intensified by the recent death of my father for as Robert Capon writes, “We live as we marry for better or for worse.” There is a gap in all our striving.
We might think that Biblically the gap begins in Genesis 3 and the unfortunate incident with the fruit tree, but not so I think. Note Genesis 1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. NRSV Bible with the Apocrypha (Kindle Locations 462-466). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Separateness produces opposites Light/Darkness & Day/Night. The recipe for fruit compote the neighbor shared over the back fence, lead to knowledge not just of good and evil but opposites in general and not just the natural ones of sequence and order but the moral opposites that gives rise to sin.
Creation endowed with freedom of possibility begets the process that leads to the gap in Genesis 3.
JWS (to be continued)