@Jennifer I like your point about death and rebirth. In my new context of not being a literal Christian, it gives me more to ponder.
I got an ouroboros tattoo when I became separated to signify the death/birth cycle. I am dualistic in some ways, but overall more trialistic, because I believe with the optimal dual, a pristine energy can be made, which is actually an Aristotelian notion, being called the entelechia.
For now, I'm still calling myself a Christian because I can really think of no other monotheism that is an apt description of what I believe as much as Christianity. I just don't buy into the whole substitution, redemption, and salvation part of it. I think we are all going to 'heaven' and that we create our own hell on earth via our physical imperfections, in various forms. Only by focusing on, and feeding, our soul, which is what makes us, and all living things alive, do we stay close to God and his will.
I further think prophets/messiahs must come from time to time throughout history to remind man that God is love, and the ultimate meaning of life.