How did people learn about God before the Bible was written?
Here's the answer:
God used other ways to teach people about Himself before the Bible was written.
When we study God’s Word (the Bible), we learn things about Him, which also teaches us things about ourselves. The Bible is literally God’s handbook for us. But what did people do before God gave them the Bible?
First of all, when God made us, He put certain things deep inside our souls that would help us know that He is there. In other words, we can feel God in our hearts. He “talks” to us in that way. He made us able to recognize His work in the things around us—especially in nature. When we see all the beautiful trees, mountains, and animals, somehow we just know that God is there and made all these things for us. That’s one way that people learned about God before there were Bibles.
Another way people learned about God before there were Bibles is through some very special people. Sometimes called prophets, these people were chosen by God to help get His message to His people. God spoke to these prophets, sometimes through dreams, and told them what He wanted people to know about Him. After God spoke to these prophets, they would then tell the people what God wanted them to do and how He wanted them to live. Some well-known prophets were Moses, Samuel, Jeremiah, David, and Jonah.
Eventually, God’s Word was written and many people could be taught about it, so God didn’t use prophets to talk to the people anymore. But we can still see God in His creation—even people who have never heard about God can learn about Him that way. And nowadays, Bibles are available to most of the world so we can read and learn all about who God is and how we should live.
"Ever since the world was created it has been possible to see the qualities of God that are not seen. I’m talking about his eternal power and about the fact that he is God. Those things can be seen in what he has made. So people have no excuse for what they do" (Romans 1:20).
"[David said,] The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me. I spoke his word with my tongue" (2 Samuel 23:2).