Non-Biblical Witness to God

But what about people who lived before the Bible was written, what about people who have never heard the Word of God from the Bible?

These are valid questions. Actually there are two external witnesses to God’s existence outside of the Bible and they are Nature itself (all that we can see in our world and universe) and the conscience that every person inherently has within, the basic knowing of right and wrong.

Romans 1:20 (NIV) reads: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

And Romans 2:13-16 (NIV) which reads:

13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

I ran across an excellent PDF on this subject authored by PETER GUIRGUIS who runs the website. If you have a few minutes, take a look at it, it is very well done. Just click on the link below to view it or you can download it yourself from Peter’s website.



Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 6 grand children, ex-Canadian military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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One comment on “Non-Biblical Witness to God
  1. Ike12Stones says:

    I recently read the book of Job again – it is astounding to me how thorough a knowledge the book contains of New Testament theology! (Most believe that Job was written well before any other book of the bible.) I suppose the question about how to hear and know God without the bible is largely based upon the typical current Western worldview that we hold, which often contains the perspective theology that nothing can validly be derived of God apart from scripture. The ancients, having no scripture just had to personally know God – the ancient wisdom IS attainable, those who lived prior to written scripture had to be that much more attentive to the two witnesses you mentioned, and specifically to the Spirit of God.

    Another thought on this line that derives interest to me is this: in Paul’s thinking, the scriptures were written specifically as a compilation of divine wisdom in order to further instruct those who would live in the end of days (1 Cor 10:11 & 12).

    Good thoughts brother!

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