Which Came First, God or the Bible?

By | February 17, 2015

The title of this article is of course a play on the well known question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” I think virtually any believer would say that God came first. The question I actually want to get to though is, “Do you believe God because of the Bible, or do you believe the Bible because of God?” As I understand it, some people say they believe in God and Jesus and what they are like, etc. because of what the Bible says. This may be a bit difficult to describe, but the idea is that they put they’re faith and belief in the Bible first, trusting that the Bible is correct. This leads them believe the things they do because of what the Bible says. Conversely, others believe in God apart from the Bible, and then subsequently believe in the Bible because of their belief in God. In this case, their faith isn’t dependent on the Bible being understood in a certain way. In reality, it is of course not so clean cut, either/or between these sides. There is an interplay between these two. But I think there is something significant worth looking at here.

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