To start off by making one thing absolutely clear: I am not here to convert anyone. I'm not a missionary, nor would I ever want to be.
That being said, I don't mind explaining my faith to anyone who may be interested - in so far that it can be explained at all.
Faith is not a rational thing, you see. It is not a question of reasons for or against. Faith simply is when it is. You can try to explain it or try to explain it away - but such an explanation will never touch upon the true nature of it.
This may seem convenient - but in fact it is far from it. Most people have no idea what I'm talking about, which is why I keep my mouth shut about religion in real life to all, except for a very few. And even those few don't really get what I'm saying most of the time.
Most people think that my faith equals what they think, when they think faith. 99,9% of the time, that isn't the case at all.
But since you seem genuinly curious, Wild, I'll try to say something about it anyway. Why shouldn't I? I don't detect any outright hostility in your posts... Well, maybe toward the notion of 'christianity' - but not towards me.
The Bible is such a popular text, because it can communicate on an extremely personal level. But whether it speaks to you or not is entirely dependent on the presence of faith. It'll speak to your innermost being if you have it, and it won't if you don't.
If you have faith, there's no real point in questioning the Bible. Why would you? All the answers are there. There's nothing to add, and nothing subtract.
Jesus was not complicated. His teachings were simple, and to the point: 'Love God as you love yourself' and 'be towards your kin as you wish they should be towards you'. Paraphrased: Be right within yourself, and act right towards others.
Or summed up: 'Judge not lest ye be judged'. Don't blame others for your own problems, and don't blame yourself for the problems of others.
Interesting enough, Marx started out in religious critique. The origins of his thoughts on capitalism, oppression and communism is to be found here. He saw nothing in religion but an excuse for the few to dominate the many. Religion was there to give the oppressed masses a sense of false hope - 'false consciousness'. He saw no end to this, unless the world would reject religion all together. He explicitely stated that politics would have to become the new religion.
I don't know if christianity brought anything good to europe that wasn't here before. What I do know is, that it was a hugely influential religion, that provided many many people with a referential framework for a very long time. Therefore, I wouldn't feel too sure making a categorical statement, like: It is this or it is that.
But I'm pretty sure that what came after the death of God - the religion of politics - is worse: "Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather."
Christ was just a man who was a man and realized that he was a man. That's why he called himself the son of man. It was the 'christians' who called him the son of God. That's on them,
In Christ I see myself - nothing to worship, and nothing to condemn. Christ was a dropping away of ego - a transparency. A mirror, reflecting both the good and bad of his entourage on the one hand - and the world on the other. That's it. Way too many words.