"From the special philosophical framework I was taught as a child and a young adult, the comments by the writer so far are cohesive and clearly conform with that religious philosophy. In other words, they are comprehensible and reasonable within that context.
I have a different view of the matters in hand. May I present these to you?
There is no record of the person the Christians call "Jesus" ever having told people to be good. His recorded sayings I have been able to find say that being good is impossible for humans. He explained that it wasn't enough to do something wrong, that even considering the possibility of doing wrong was a sin and just proves that we are without hope or redemption. I can't find even a hint of Him ever suggesting that we are supposed to try to be good. He was pretty clear that any attempt to be good was a far worse sin than just doing wrong, because it partook of self-delusion, self-deception and betrayal of ones own soul.
He made it clearly plain that we shouldn't try to be "good." He then offered a shot at being re-booted, reborn, healed, fixed and corrected. He is said to have described this experience as being "Born Again," in whatever language that has been translated from. From a careful investigation of the subject, it would seem that being "Born Again" must be preceded by an experience called "Dying to your self." I find it interesting that Buddhism teaches that the self is a false mental construct. So, my take on this is that being "Born Again" is a kind of death, followed by a re-birth. To change the basic operating system, it's not enough to add or change information; it's also necessary to reboot the system. This requires the faith to allow God to recreate who you are. Historically, the groups who call themselves "The Christian Church" have recommended that their followers try to be good. This seems to me to be in complete disagreement with the sayings of Christ. It's useless for your false self to try to be good. The only good thing you can do as your false self is to let go and let God reboot you, thus saving who you really are. There is no advantage in saving your false self. The salvation the churches recommend would seem to be a method of continuing to be a lie for eternity. I think the soul the Christians want God to save is actually the self that must be abandoned to reach salvation.
The history of Christians and their churches, the genocides, evil and corruption, make a lot more sense when it's understood that this is the history of those who equate being "Born Again" with belief in a religious philosophy or membership in a group, rather then the total transformation of consciousness Christ taught.
Personally, I really don't care if the Christ lived as a man on Earth two thousand years ago, or not. The real Christ lives in every one of us, crucified on our cross-purposes, and He can save us, if we let Him."