While I’m no longer a “Christian,” I do have respect for Jesus. Not the “divine” Jesus of the Christian world, but rather the man who lived over 2000 years ago and spoke wisdom to his Jewish followers. The Jesus who is eloquently described as a “humanist” (someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans) on the Unconventional Spirituality blog.
I am often saddened that Paul and, in turn, “the church” has turned this humble man of Galilee into a figure of worship and veneration when, I believe, he simply wanted to show people how to “love one another.”
I urge both Christians and non-Christians to read the above post. Try to put aside the image of Jesus that Christian teaching has embedded into your mind and view him instead as “a spiritual leader who wanted to give rise to humanity and the moral high ground.”