The other day, I had an exchange with a young earth creationist who said something which I have been going over. Specifically, he claims that Christians have been commanded to believe in Moses and uses the parable of Lazarus and the rich man to argue that if we would not believe in Moses, we would not believe in Christ:
Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ (Luke 6:29-31)
Now this is a problem for me because, as I have made clear in my “Throwing Moses Under the Bus” series of posts, I don’t believe that Moses was righteous and holy except by his faith and had I been presented with the teachings of Moses when I was an atheist I would have rejected them. How can I reconcile this fact and what the Lord said in Luke 6?
After thinking about this for a while, I have concluded that even though I had never read the Bible before I became a Christian I was influenced by the teachings of Christ. I was taught the importance of forgiveness, the importance of charity, the importance of love and other New Testament principles even though I was not raised in the church. Accepting the teachings of Moses over what I knew of the teachings of Christ through peripheral cultural exposure would have been a step into darkness as opposed to a step toward the light.
. . . the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. (Matthew 4:16)