You are mistaken on some of your assumptions there, particularly regarding the role of Jesus. You are letting the ideology of some sects of Christianity shade your thinking. You are stereotyping a major portion of the world population.<quoted text>
An often quoted, and very effective line for producing converts to the cult of Jesus(Christianity) is as follows:
What is so hard about accepting a FREE gift of salvation from the Lord Jesus Christ?
It doesn't require anything on your part, but to accept it.
If this gift truly required nothing as the claim says, then you wouldn't have to accept it to be saved.
This line of reasoning is used repeatedly by those trolling for converts in schools, offices, on TV, and just about anywhere else you find an aggressive member of the cult of Jesus.
It's the same nonsense that is spewed and taught in Bible study classrooms in most churches.
It sounds wonderful doesn't it?
Everybody loves free gifts.
The problem is that the gift of salvation as taught in the Bible is anything but free.
It first requires that you perform a work. That work is believing Jesus is your Savior and that only he can serve as your intermediary with God.
Of course it also means that you accept all the baggage that goes along with that.
It means you accept as truth that this "God" will punish people for the "sin" of disbelief(Mark 16:16, John 16:9, John 3:18, John 3:36, Heb 3:12, 1 John 2:22), it requires that you worship a God who will provide infinite punishment for finite sins, and it requires that you accept a God with the behavior of a rather manipulative, power hungry, petty tyrant.
It means you must abandon your mind to save your soul.
You must confess Jesus is your Lord and worship him as such.
That act is a "work" in itself. Faith is also a work.
Make no mistake concerning the actual nature of this so-called "free" gift.
Salvation is exchanged for worship and it's nothing more than a holy barter system where you say the magic words and you are saved. On the surface it's cheap, easy, and painless. It appeals to anyone who doesn't want to be burdened with thinking for themselves, but it's in no sense "free".
This form of holy fire insurance is nothing more than false advertising and should be treated with the same regard one would have when he opens a box of Cracker Jacks and digs out the cheap trinket that came as a "free" gift when you purchased the box it came in.
There is a translation and interpretation issue with that believeth in me and only way to heaven part of the scriptures. He essentially said if you believe in what he said about a benevolent God and there is an afterlife, then you can also have one. The I am the way, the truth, and the life are just derivations based on that. He was relating a vision and understanding, and evidently even performed some miracles from this link he developed. You could believe him or not. Up to you. It was the literalist thinkers later that turned him into a god and an idol. They changed the meaning and intents of the words. This has been understood for a long time. That is why you have the red words. Draw your own conclusions based upon your own understandings.
With words, literal thinkers go astray. Those scriptures are no different than any other ancient writings, including Plato or Egyptian records of history. You can't really know what was said because you lack the concepts of the times and the meanings of words of the times, that have been translated into whole different languages and contexts.
You have to read between the lines, and you have to have an understanding to comprehend and do such a thing.
This literalness leads to a lot of confusion and conflict, and thus disaffection. Cults and their proponents, including neo-atheism, play rope a dope with those disaffected.