In many debates a regular theme that arises is what opponents of the possibility of God's existence commonly call "the god of the gaps" theory. This "theory" is basically a criticism on theists views in which they are depicted as appeals to ignorance. Thus the theistic's views are seen as unsubstantial. We theists often have problems countering this especially in light of historical accounts where natural phenomenon has been mistakenly identified as "God."
Well I contend that mistaken identities of the past does not put onus on the theists to defend against our beliefs being characterized as a "God of the gaps" belief. Nor does the fact that we simply do not know just how advanced or more grand God's sentient attributes are compared to ours. In fact, I think the accusation "God of the gaps" in reality come from a place of ignorance on the atheist's side. Having not known God intimately they are reduced to injecting humanist explanations as their only options to rationalize what we as theists know. For the believer, having been delivered with the assurance of God's existence allows us the clarity to understand that the mistaken identities of the past are a result of the of man's inherent knowledge of God and his failed attempts at reaching out to him on our own merits. Our transgressions created this situation where we must trust him before we can know him for we in our fallen nature distrust from our hearts. So in turn it can lead us down many false paths. But if we seek God earnestly, trusting he will reward the honest humbleness of such a search, with confirmation, then we are able to experience the truth of our loving God. That is how we come to know God. In the end truth doesn't have to be able to be explained in human terms to stand as truth. That fact I realize causes some to think we still shouldn't believe without verification. I would say to them maybe it would be worth examining all the methods available to us to verify. Perhaps God's word puts it best...
I Corinthians 2:10-16
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which manís wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.