Originally posted by Republican08
I do not want to take responsibility for myself, therefore, I shall kill a goat, ram, or have a man on the cross die for my sins.....
Jesus cannot die for your sins, you have committed acts unpleasing to god, they are tied into history and eternally bound, any time traveler could see
it, you can be helped out, but in the end you have done it, and must live in that guilt forever, you shouldn't be allowed or percieve for yourself,
that it's all okay.
interesting thought, the problem is that you are basing it off of things you hear or have seen from "christians". the bible paints a different
picture of the ransom.
first thing is that you are linking sin with responsibility and guilt. but you dont answer the question, who are you responsible to? the person you
sin against or god?
the obvious answer biblically is both. (romans 12:14). not only are we as humans exposed to the consequences of our sins (god will not miraculously
get you out of jail when you repent from killing someone), but then we are also legally accountable to god.
so no, the ransom doesnt at all absolve you of responsibility for you life and how you live it.
the ransom however does serve a purpose. to understand why, we have to understand why mankind sins.
romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
the story of adam and eve provide the base of understanding the ransom. adam (being "perfect" or just the way god intended him to be) decided to
abuse his free will and sin. adam died for that sin (as death was the punishment). but he also passed that imperfection on to his offspring.
we as humans are incapable of being sinless.
so, if god is going hold us accountable for our sins, this means that legally, everyone dies. does that sound fair that you have to die because of an
imperfection you inherited??
obviously the answer is no.
this is why jesus ransom was provided. it is so that sins could be "covered" (rom 4:7). to cover (επεκαλυφθησαν) means to forgive but
also to conceal. it allows god to look past our sins.
does this mean that everything is just easy peasy and that you can sin your heart out as long as you put faith in the ransom? no way...
romans 6: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
repentance involves stopping the sin and not doing it again.
ok so you have the ransom, you repent, now what?
rev 20: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man
according to their works.
most people think this passage happens after we die, but before we enter heaven. thats actually not the case. the chapter is talking about earth. acts
refers to a resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous. its complicated and its a thread of its own, but basically there will be a time when
the grace of god isnt enough, you will HAVE to back it with action..
at this point though, we will not be burdened by the handicap of imperfect ademic sin.
what that means is that people who wish to sin, sin but deal with the consequences and eventually die alienated from god. and those that dont want to
sin but actually love god will have the opportunity to to show that to him.
basically, the ransom isnt to just blot out sin. the ransom is so that humans have an opportunity to make a decision as to whether to serve god
without any sort of handicap that would prevent us from doing so legally