Without snark or sarcasm here is a bit about me:
I was raised by two parents, one grew up very poor, was on welfare , and at some point a travelling minister came to town and told Mom's parental unit that, though they were collecting a welfare check that they should tithe 10% of it..to him....So growing up, Mom didnt have anything nice to say about religion. I would call her atheist. She said, "When you die, you go into a box..end of story."
Dad had gone to church but was allowed to quit if he wanted to at age 15. So he did. He knew some of the bible. Both of them, especially Dad talked bad about Christianity and were champions of taking care of themselves. Dad was described as an agnostic.
So I grew up with that mindset. As a teen I did have an interest in astral projection and new age stuff and then I discovered Eastern thought and was quite fascinated by it. Then I married a Christian and became a believer in Jesus too. Our family went to a Pentecostal church twice a week, and participated in some of the events. Still, Eastern philosophy was more interesting to me. We were told we should 'read our bibles' and so I did...though it was pretty boring. I actually found several places where Zen and the bible met...I am that I am.....did I not say you are gods...kingdom of god is inside you ...etc etc.
But after 10 years I got divorced. Stopped going to that church because the ex went there. And after a while of not going to any church, the Jesus programming wore off. When you stop studying something that doesnt ever make itself obvious in reality then it fades away.
I actually was just left with some guilt for continuing to say Goddamit while saying "Sorry, God" numerous times a day. I also read porn magazines....and then felt guilty ... for having natural God given sexual urges. So after a while of dealing with this nonsense I told God, "bye bye. It is absurd to apologize for saying Goddammit all day long or read porn." God said the usual ....nothing. Yes, I quit so I could sin...since I was 'sinning' anyway. And not really deriving any benefit from the belief system.
A new age book had a piece of wisdom that helped destroy the mental illness that is Christianity. It said, "If you are doing something that makes you feel guilty, either stop doing it....or stop feeling guilty about it." So I stopped feeling guilty about it.
I continued on with occasional Zen practice or book reading. Then found ex-christian.net and discovered that most people seem to quit their Christian belief because there is no evidence for God. A book isnt evidence. It's just a story, like Harry Potter. I also was able to articulate the concept that Christianity consists of fear, guilt and shame. The ex, at one time said that Christianity was a big guilt trip, and she was a lifelong believer.
I've learned enough about the bible from the atheists here and probably done more bible googling as an ex-Christian than I ever did as a Christian. I dont resonate with the bible and find it uninteresting. While Jesus may be real, he doesnt seem to make an effort. I've made enough effort.
I understand you (Semm) like the bible and Jesus , I suppose. Well, enjoy. To each his own.