OK, to quote M. Scott Peck, "Life is difficult." We live on a planet where Satan fell when he was cast from heaven. Life is difficult. For whatever reason, God made the shedding of blood essential to the forgiveness of sins. I suspect the point he was trying to make was that sin, like addiction, has only one end: (jails, institutions, and) death. I suspect he wanted us to be appalled by sacrificing animals for what we did wrong and strive to do more things right. God even said "What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?" Says the LORD. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle; And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats." (Isaiah 1:11) Satan is a crooked lawyer. He always demands God to keep His literal word. So God and His Son and whoever else make up the Elohim of the One God made a plan for shed blood that would cover the sins of all mankind and let the innocent animals whom God also loves live out their natural lives. His Son came, by plan, to live a difficult life, to choose to do right and not sin, and to offer Himself as a blood sacrifice to fulfill the literal requirement of God's law for the forgiveness of sin. Jesus death on the cross would not have meant anything as a method for taking away our sins or their punishment if He hadn't been resurrected. It was the resurrection that made it effective. And, no, the Jesus thing was certainly NOT a complete success. However, I believe that after He came here and lived a fully human life, and returned to the Father to share His experience in a fully human body and world, that grace got easier. A number of passages in the New Testament suggest that Jesus didn't find it easy to be here in a human body. I imagine Him, as our Advocate, saying to God at times, "You know, I was in that situation when I was there. That's a really tough one. Let's give him/her a little grace on this one." Is God alright? Well, even if He's not, the Devil is so much worse.