At the end of the movie “Chicken Run” this age old question was discussed. The dialogue went something like this:
“Let’s get an egg and start an egg farm. Then we will have all the eggs we need.”
“We need a chicken to get an egg.”
“No, we need an egg to get a chicken.”
“If we don’t have a chicken, we won’t have an egg.”
“Wait, let’s go over this again.”
This is a difficult question unless you look at it from a Biblical perspective.
“Evolutionists would reason as follows. A chicken comes only from a chicken egg. But in the past, they say, there must have been something almost like a chicken (but not quite) which gave rise to the first chicken. Given Mendel’s laws of inheritance, the transition from non-chicken to chicken can only take place between the egg-layer and the egg. Thus, they say, the egg came first.” (From AnswersInGenesis.com)
According to Genesis 1, God created birds on day five of creation. “And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.’ So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.’ And there was evening, and there was morning–the fifth day” Genesis 1:20-23.
So God designed and made the “chicken kind,” and later, the first chicken egg was laid. From a Biblical perspective, the chicken came first.
If the chicken did not get here by chance, neither did mankind. God created mankind on day six of creation after His own image. We are the “apple of God’s eye” Zechariah 2:8.
“When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor” Psalms 8:3-5.