Does God fix the problem of sin with sacrifice, or with String Theory?

For someone who loves the scriptures of Jewish and Christian heritage, but who sees the stories of Creation, the Garden of Eden, Noah, Jonah, Job, etc… as a rich mythology designed to teach life lessons rather than history, the penal substitution theology of the cross is irreconcilable. There is, however, another way to see it, and it is no less beautiful and no less miraculous.
Would a message of hope have lasted beyond two generations without the sensational story of a hideous punishment, sacrifice, and resurrection? Maybe. My hypothesis is that salvation happened when God made a physical connection with humanity at the nativity of Christ, and that the crucifixion was necessary to send the message of hope thousands of years through time so that it would spread to the ends of the Earth. God didn’t need a sacrifice to accept and love Humanity, Humanity needed the sacrifice to accept that we could be loved by an eternal God.
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
-Psalm 130
Nearly every culture in the ancient world in which gods were worshipped made sacrifices. They sacrificed for fertility, they sacrificed for crops, for good weather, for favour in battle, etc… Sacrifice was ostensibly the way people got the attention of the gods. Why the sacrifices?
Here is one logical back-tracking from a sceptical approach.
In many cultures, to ask a favour of the local ruler required a gift. You brought the king a bushel of fruit, grain, or a nice lamb shank or else you couldn’t even get an audience. Kings liked this arrangement. It was like taxes, only better because you didn’t have to send the army our to collect. However, to ensure the practice continues, the king has to show that it is more than just a bribe — it’s God’s will, and to demonstrate this, the king orders priests to sacrifice to God, showing that even the elite must make gifts to obtain favour.
In this logic-play, the idea of sacrifice is a kind of power economy. The ruler
Here is a less sceptical view.
” The Hebrew term קָרְבָּן (korban) is commonly and incorrectly translated “sacrifice” meaning, to give something up, actually means “that which brings closer.” The related term, מִנְחָה (mincha) means “gift.” The Biblical form of this ritual was not about appeasing the gods, but was about finding some way to get closer by bringing gifts.”
-Gil Yehuda
I think it’s rather a combination of the two explanations. Sacrifices make us rely less on the things we have, reminding us that being close to God is a matter of getting the rubbish of life out of the way. However, we have this problem that we believe that we cannot be forgiven without sacrifice. I think this is only partially true. God, who keeps no “record of sins,” has already forgiven. The problem is we have such a difficult time forgiving ourselves, even for just being mortal – the only real Original Sin (and one imagined).
So, if I suspect that there is no Original Sin, no Fall, no theological need for sacrifice – how can I say I believe in God and why do I believe in Jesus and his resurrection? Because these ideas about sacrifice evolved over millennia of mixing politics and established religion. The real God, who most believers say exists outside of what we think of as space-time, is the source of life and love, and probably a great many things about which we know nothing. We think we are minuscule, which of course we are relative to size of a star like Arcturus, but I just said that God exists outside space-time. Such a God is beyond scale, and therefore is as concerned with sub-atomic particles as with a galaxy. How do we achieve God’s attention? We don’t because having God’s full attention is a property of existing in this universe.
So why Yeshua? Now it’s time for some real wacky conjecture and dipping our toes into the cold waters of String Theory.
We say that God exists outside of time outside space, yet intimate and imminent every moment. I think the personage of Jesus was indeed, somehow, a part of God – and since you can’t split God, all of God, though perhaps a facet. This does something interesting in string theory. Highly simplified, one part of string theory is that you can view all of time as one static element and then slot that into a group of higher dimensions. Now, think about your family tree. Now imagine what it looks like without the separation that the linear passage of time creates. It’s really weird, but without that temporal separation, you are physically connected to both your parents (ewe, yes) and they to your grandparents, to great-grandparents, to ancestors — you get the idea?
Now insert Christ. All of humanity for all of time – from beginning to end – is now physically connected to God. Boom! The miracle of the nativity bridged the gap between the eternal and the temporal.
If that’s all that was required, why the cross? Think now the last time you tried to console someone who felt responsible for a tragedy that, logically, was not their fault, but who just can’t accept that they aren’t to blame. They may say things like, “If only I had been there sooner, I could have stopped that horrible thing from happening.” They may even know in their head that there was nothing could be done, but emotionally they can’t let go of fault.
The miracle of the cross is not that Jesus died on it. You get nailed to a cross, you die. The miracle of the cross is not even that Jesus rose again — okay, supernatural, yes, but think about it. Jesus is THE eternal being of the cosmos who exists both without and now within all of space-time. The source of life and love is not likely to stay dead.
This is the miracle of the cross: that the eternal God of the universe, the supreme architect of space-time, used his mortal form as a sort of grief counselling to show humankind that whatever it is that we think we have done to separate ourselves from God’s eternal, complete source of life and love, He took care of it. Yes, he took our blame, the Bible is right about that. But the blame He took was that which we placed on ourselves..
God didn’t need a sacrifice to accept and love Humanity, Humanity needed the sacrifice to accept that we could be loved by an eternal God.

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