Many years later, I tried the bible again, as a spiritual but not religious person, and found the new testament provides a very beautiful message: unconditional love, peace, and a call for self-sacrifice. Many Christians cannot see this because their hearts and minds are hardened.
When Gandhi, who often quoted the beatitudes (where Jesus says, "Blessed are the peacemakers," etc.), was asked why he quoted Jesus but did not become a follower of his, he said the following... “Oh, I don’t reject your Christ. I love your Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ.”