Let's explain my "evolved feelings" towards the Christian Scripture:
As a child, I went to a Christian "summer Christian Scripture class" and was a little impressed; then, I read part of the "New Testament".
My brother went to a Christian secondary school and had a few books of "testimonies of faiths".
Interestingly enough, my brother remains non-religious and almost an atheist.
I had a state of "superficial belief" from childhood to the third year of university.
I learned about Lucy the australopithecus and rejected the Genesis story.
This was my turn towards agnostic atheism, and today I understand that Buddhism is agnostic atheistic.
Still at that point, I valued the Christian Scripture as a valuable piece of literature and ethic guide.
Then, at one point, I tried to "test" the threats of Christians and discarded all copies of Christian Scripture and Christian pamphlets.
Nothing happens, of course.
Some people have suggested that the Christian Scripture is the most owned and least read texts.
Funny enough, some testimonies state that full reading of the Christian Scripture turned some Christians into ex-Christians.
I tried to read Buddhist writings, but found it tedious in the extreme, and also lacking in any real historical information.
Far more people actually read the Bible and know its stories first hand than have actually read any Buddhist scripture. While groups meeting weekly to study and read the Bible are quite common, the same cannot be said for Buddhism. The Bible, unlike Buddhist writing, played a significant role in promoting literacy, and areas where reading the Bible was actively encouraged, high literacy rates resulted, such as in Puritan New England, and Scotland. I believe de Tocquiville that if an American frontier family possessed any books, it would likely be the Bible and the works of Shakespeare
While Buddhism also had a role in bringing literacy to some countries like Japan, its role and impact was far less than the role Christianity and the Bible played in promoting literacy. Many Christisn groups, such as the Puritan, felt reading the Bible was a religious duty to be promoted, which had the benefit of promoting literacy, which is why Christian societies achieved very high levels of literacy before Buddhist ones did, and those of other religions. The Bible is actually a rather a good book to promote literacy, since it includes a wide variety of genres, including poetry, history, theological discussion, letters, just so stories, parables, and others.
I am curious what Buddhist scriptures have you read? And what short Buddhist scripture would you recommend reading? Something comparable in length to a Gospel, or the book of Genesis.