IMO too many take the words literally. Meaning the actual words of Jesus. As mentioned above, most of the Bible was written 100s of years after the Jesus' crucifiction. And unforuntely were influenced by corrupt religious leaders (wanting their view vs Jesus' or his followers) and mistranslated [Aramaic (what Jesus spoke), to Greek to Latin, to English-you think some of the meaning and cultural translation may have been lost?]. And interesting translation is from Arimaic to English. As much was lost in the multiple translations.
IMO the 'Sermon on the mount' is the best of what Jesus actually said. One interesting thing is he spoke of false Gods-meaning the actual church buildings-the alter, etc... as he saw the influence (power) the relgious elders (Jewish priests of the time-remember Jesus was a Jew) were weilding. And why he spoke in the open air.
Another case in point os the word God--it is the German word for good. In Arimaic it is Abba, translated into english, it would mean Daddy. A very different overtone to it. Meaning a loving caring figure (daddy) VS an authoritative one that much of the German language is (God).
Now saying the above does not mean I do not believe in Jesus. What it does mean is I have learned to be careful of blindly following the Bible that was mistranslated and influenced by religous Orgs over the years. Basically it is the teachings of leaders of long ago. And many of the basic teachings are still pretty good in the bible and can give comfort and direction to a person even today, but is not necessarily the true teachings of Jesus or his followers.
I love what many of the newer generation are doing, the WWJD mentaility, (what would Jesus do). Basically if one looks at the word Christian, to be a Christian IMO is to be Christ like, so the WWJD, is an extension and a good rule of thumb to live life by. My hats are off to those that use this credo
You all have a good Easter week