The requirement for salvation has always been faith. The object of one's faith for salvation has always been God. What has changed through the ages is the content of a believer's faith. God's requirement of what must be believed is based on the amount of revelation He has given mankind up to that time. This is called progressive revelation .Prior to Moses, no Scripture was written, but mankind was responsible for what God had revealed. Throughout the Old Testament, believers came to salvation because they believed that God would someday take care of their sin problem. Today, we look back, believing that He has already taken care of our sins on the cross (John 3:16; Hebrews 9:28). Our salvation is still based on the death of Christ, our faith is still the requirement for salvation, and the object of our faith is still God. Today, for us, the content of our faith is that Jesus Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He rose the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).http://www.gotquestions.org/before-Jesus.html
Only by following very strict and very extensive sets of rules and regulatiins that required animal sacrifices for nearly every aspect of life. Every time a rule was broken or a sin committed a person had to undergo a strict forgiveness sacrificial ritual - even for the smallest sin. Jesus came as a final sacrifice to end the need for these elaborate rituals and rules.
Romans 4 says that Abraham had faith and believed God and it was counted for righteousness. That was before Jesus died for our sin. So it has always been based on faith. That faith in God is as best one could given what had been revealed to that time. Abraham was promised some great but seemingly impossible things and he followed hard after God and believed him. The result was he was called "friend of God" and faithful.
I personally believe in a loving forgiving God and I trust all even before Christ death will appear before God. We were given free will because you cannot a reward a robot with eternal life and heaven. I have blind faith and that's okay because I don't want to depend on my own best thing.
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There has always had to be a blood sacrifice for our sins. Don't get me wrong. In the Old testament, it is as I noticed Strawberry and Auxarcs mentioned. (maybe others too, but I didn't closely read answers yet, just quickly a few), They Were Trusting God, and they were. Jesus had not come yet at that time. When Jesus Christ, the blood sacrifice for all our sins, came and was crucified that took care of it.There is no other way to Heaven but, by Him.I agree with what Strawberry and Auxarcs said, only mentioning again, the fact that blood was sacrificed. That blood is not the sinless blood of Jesus, but God required those sacrifices and Jesus's Blood took care of salvation for all.
The old testament believers looked forward to the cross, the believers present with Christ at the time of his sacrificial death looked to cross, and we believer in this 21st century look back to the cross for our salvation.=======Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (John 20:29 KJV))))=================These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. (Hebrews 11:13 KJV)
Before Christ those who died just went into "the grave" not heaven or hell necessarily. But once Christ came and died on the cross, he went to the grave and preached. All believers of God&Christ went to Heaven after they died.
Jesus died for none. If he wanted to die & sacrifice willingly, then, he wouldn't have gone into hiding in a jungle before he was apprehended. And, as for heaven & hell, the bible says this in Ephesians: "We are predestined by God to go to either heaven or hell. None of our thoughts, words, or actions can affect the final outcome". 1:4-5