No problem discussing it as just a story. But I think you have picked up your interpretation of the story from the worst possible source - the religious.
I "picked up" my interpretation of it long after I left life among the religious. My interpretation of it is the result of lots and lots of study. A bibliography of my study sources is included below.
I happen to agree with you on the redemption thing. In the sense that most Christians believe in, it is preposterous. Jesus might have been 'the Way' but any 'magical' properties of his blood has nothing to do with it. But I think his willingness to spill it all did. That is not to say we are incapable of both good and evil. But yeah, 'magic blood' would not be the solution.
Not sure of what you mean by the magic/magical blood. The use of the word "blood" in most Christian theology refers to "the blood sacrifice" not to the blood itself. Only in the consecration is the blood mentioned as "blood" (rather than the blood sacrifice)...and there is nothing magical about it.
The story...the myth...is preposterous. The "John 3:13" is an abomination. Imagine a god saying, "I will forgive you for offending me, but first you have to torture and kill my son."
Bloody shame that sometimes we have to go back four years to find a worthwhile thread.
Glad you did, Leadfoot. Gave me an opportunity to post here again...after four years away.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: (These are the books I use for study...and debate citations_
St. Joseph Edition of The New American Bible; Catholic book Publishing, NY; 1968 (Catholic)
The New American Bible; Thomas Nelson Inc, Nashville; 1971 (Catholic)
The Holy Bible King James Version; Thomas Nelson, Nashville: 1984 (Protestant)
The Holy Bible New International Version; Zondervan Bible Pub. Grand Rapids; 1978 (Non-demoninational)
The Scofield Reference Holy Bible (King James Version); Oxford Univ. Press; NY; 1909 (Protestant)
The Holy Scriptures Masoretic Text; Jewish Publ Society; Philadelphia: 1955 (Jewish)
The Holy Bible, St.Joseph Textbook Edition, Confraternity Version; Catholic book Publ: NY; 1963; (Catholic)
The Holy Bible Revised Berkeley Version; The Gideons Intrl; 1984; (Non-denominational Protestant)
The New American Catholic Edition of The Holy Bible; Benziger Bros, Boston; 1950 (Catholic)
The Old Testament; Guild Press NY; 1965 (Catholic)
The Living Bible; Holman Illustrated Edition: A.J. Holman Co; Philadelphia; 1973 (Protestant)
The Holy Bible; King James Version; The World Publ Co: Cleveland; (no date); (Protestant)
The Old Testament; Hebrew Publishing Co: NY; 1916 (English & Hebrew) (Jewish)
**** Also I use
The Common Catechism of the Christian Faith: Seabury Press;NY 1975 (Protestant)
Catechism of the Catholic Church: Libreria Editrice Vaticana; Urbi et Orbi Comm; 1994 (Catholic)
The New St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism: Catholic Book Publish; NY; 1962 (Catholic)
*****Plus, I have (estimated) 40 - 50 other books dealing with the Bible, religion, and philosophy that I use when posting.