Whether or not you would call me a Christian is irrelevant to me.FutureMan and others,
since you have no need of Jesus to redeem you by His death, you might want to give up thinking of yourself as a Christian.
Your future clearly lies with the cosmic christ of the NWO cult, which is about to unite mankind under its new age philosophy of ancient mysticism, leading to eternal death.
The choice is yours - I am just spelling it out a bit.
If you are into urantia, you might also want to check out scientology, a course in miracles, the secret, landmark forum, Wicca, free masonry and thousands of other cults, who are all leading directly to the god of this world.
I believe in being a footstep follower of Christ and a worshiper of God, the Heavenly Father.
You cannot get much simpler than that.
When it comes to the "ransom sacrifice" well the jury is out on that one for me.
But logic itself tells me that God would not require a sacrifice to redeem mankind from sin, but what he does do is provide teachers to teach us how to be free from sin and to control our own base desires.
In this regards the spirit of God, assists us in doing this so that we can become much better persons.
To me Jesus personal self sacrifice gives me a reason to put my faith in his power to forgive me for my sins, that I might commit.
But I no longer feel that it is a matter of putting faith in his sacrifice, rather it is a matter of putting our faith in the Lord himself to forgive our sins.
It is not his sacrifice that gives us eternal life, it is the Lord himself who is the bread of life that gives us eternal life.
His self sacrifice of love is a very good reason for us to put our faith in him as God's saving hand.
The church doctrine over the last 1900 years has very much revolved around the sacredness of the cross (Jesus crucifixion) to the point of it becoming an idol and a snare to them.
That is how I see it anyway.