'Take heed so you are not deceived, for many shall come in my name.' A billion Christians and counting.
In fact, reflect on who you find to be the most moral figures in recent history, maybe in history, aren't many of them centrally inspired by the teaching and example of Jesus?
You really need to reconsider.
Jesus was appalled by religiosity. He could hardly be more clear and forceful in stating this. Over, and over, and over.... And they killed him for it.
Those just mentioned, Martin Luther King Jr. was effectively rejected by Christianity, by the Christians, by the Christian community. And he is Followed only in the most shallow meaningless empty words by Christianity today.
Leo Tolstoy was excommunicated by Christianity.
Dorothy Day was an exile of Christianity.
The Barragan brothers left Christianity or at least Catholicism.
Current moral giants such as Chris hedges and David delinger like slingshots were drawn to Jesus and repulsed by Christianity.
Do you see a trend here? If you do not then go with my warmest wishes. But if you do see a trend, reconsider. Are you supposed to buy all notions of christianity, or are you repulsed by the historical jesus? They are opposites. Do you want to throw the baby out with the bathwater?
The great moral icons of history so many of them the greatest to my eyes Were products of the teachings and example of the man Jesus directly and indirectly. Www.lsgiabeing.com
You do not want the fire, the joy, the collective life of such people as these? You want to reject for yourself to figure that was their inspiration? Or are You are rather repulsed by exactly what Jesus was repulsed by in the religious of his day: the hypocrisy, the exclusiveness, the inherent hatred, the inherent cruelty?
Jesus was, repulsed by every aspect of Christian behavior, in the Jews religious of his day, as he would be in the religious of this day. So the historical jesus, repulses you how?
Are cutting off your nose to spite your face?
Are you rejecting your greatest friend and Ally based on hateful hearsay?