Remember that Noah and by mercy his family, were ultimately judged by God to be worthy of salvation out of all the men who were yet alive when the floods came.
This is why there are so many religions and denominations within religions. To my mind and understanding, these two statements are contradictory. Noah, of course, was saved before Jesus ever shed his blood. I am not saying you are wrong, just that honest people will disagree, and salvation is ultimately personal. We must each find our own way. That's what the whole thing is about--personal salvation.
A person must find one”s own stance with God before one can get into the business of deciding the “rightness” of others. Ultimately, what most such seekers discover is that when God operates thru a person correctly, subjective pride takes a back seat as God’s “rightness” is made manifest thru that person.
I believe in the power of the blood of Jesus Christ and of God’s ultimate unwillingness that any man should perish but rather that he should have everlasting life. It has become my own unique view, that for the rest of my life will continue to have its permutations worked out. Whether or not someone else believes the same as I do, ultimately becomes the issue between that person and God. There-fore I waste time and inflame my own prideful insecurity by worrying that my own faith must be bolstered by some one aggreeing with me all the time.
Every person is different and must come to God thru Christ who said he “was the Door” to the Father. There-fore what you said is very relevant. For most, religion is a prideful pointing of the fingers...”See there, they aren’t doing things the correct way”. True spirituality however involves allowing and perhaps most correctly, acknowledging that the finger of God is pointing back at one’s own faults as well.
I write on religious convictions a lot on FR, some agree and some disagree. I screw up sometimes and have to eat humble pie. Yet, no one can force another man’s conscience the same way no one can force a rose to bloom before its time. The practise of true faith is to attend to ones own duties before God, even if you are the only one on the planet who is doing so(like Noah) and learning to love one’s neighbors as we love ourselves. The trick is do so humbly and avoid the pride of the pharisee!
You said that the two statements and Christ’s blood and Noah’s salvation were contradictory. God made a promise to Eve that “the seed of a woman would crush the serpent’s head, though the serpent would bite the heel”. Noah was preserved to carry out that promise.
You see the fight and process going on was bigger than creation. Christ died for the faithful from the beginning of time until the last soul that should have been harvested from the whole of mankind. The Church operates transtemporally and transdimensionally across space and time thru the body of believers. Moses and Elijah spoke of Christ and even appeared with him on Mountain of Transfiguration. The Bible said that Christ preached in hell “to the spirits in bondage” who had died before the crucifiction “proving that he was the Christ” . I’ll bet there were converts made there though I’ll bet some actually rejected him, even in hell when they had a chance to leave.
Hence, in my mind and heart there is no contradiction between the “pre-crucifiction salvation of Noah and the post crucifiction process”. The sacrifice of animals had already been put into operation when God killed animals and provided clothing for Adam and Eve. Able was sacrificing animals to God and shedding their blood which God approved of. Noah sacrificed, Abraham sacrificed. Jesus became the perfect and FINAL blood shed sacrifice; the saving power of which would reach back thru time and space and forward again to cleanse all men who from the heart worshipped God in spirit and in truth and called on his name.