I can see both ways. Whether you believe in God or not. Biblically it says that..
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1
"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:8
"And he also said, "It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega--the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life." (which is a reference to Isaiah 55)
So, it is a hard question to answer when using the Bible. for if God is love than does life come before love?
Or do we have to find love through "the springs of the water of life", which means we do not truly live until we love?