DD if you believe that the first 5 books were all written in their entirety by Moses, there's no point in me discussing whether or not people such as Rahab were expecting a Messiah.
Re your reply to my question about what faith has to do with whether people can live a Christlike life without believing in his sacrifice - it doesn't answer the question at all.
Quite simply, there ARE people who DO try to live by the principles taught in the gospels, whether or not they have ever even heard the gospel. Here's a scary thought - some might even be ATHEISTS!!!!!!! the shock, the horror!!!
Unless you are one who believes that the verses I quoted from Matthew's Gospel about the final judgement apply only to the seperation of good/bad Christians as opposed to the universal judgement, I don't see how you can deny that there are non-Christians who feed the hungry, visit the sick etc.
Note from that passage also that Jesus doesn't mention belief in him or his sacrifice - only the evildoers and the righteous.
Hoping you don't turn down the party invitation
“Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”