I have attempted to expand on my position in this matter in other posts. but one more thing occurred to me. The standard question raised in response to this position is, "What about the people in the Old Testament?" And the standard response is something like, "They were saved because they believed in the promises of a coming Messiah."
Well, OK. But when were these promises given? The answer is that the first promise was given in Genesis; in chapter 3; specifically in verse 15;
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush[b] your head, and you will strike his heel.”This is often considered the first promise of a messiah who would come and put things right for the human race.
So who to whom was this promise given? To the first human couple; the first parents, if you like, of humanity. The pair from whom all humanity descended.
It follows, therefore, that all of humanity descended from them have been given this promise. The Bible is the record of only one stream of this humanity. It records nothing of those who came to live in the Americas before Columbus; in Europe or Asia or Africa, parallel to, but not recorded in, the biblical record.
Now, don't get me wrong. I am not discounting the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Without that, no one could be saved. Nor do I discount the need for faith. Those who reject God do so at their own peril and to their own destruction.
But all of those not mentioned in the Bible; all those living in other parallel civilizations, had the same two first parents. So could they not all been privy the same promise? And could not those who trusted in that same promise be considered by God as He considered Noah, for instance? Or Enoch? Or even Abel or Seth? Or any other of the so-called Old Testament saints?
Well, why not?