I believe Christ's message has been corrupted.3) I'm not sure I agree with spidey about religion. If religion was so great for self-esteem, etc. so many people wouldn't leave it. I think religion CAN give self-esteem to some if they fall within a very narrow range of acceptable behaviour and choices - if they happen to be fortunate enough to have that situation and be satisfied with it, they can be happy and fulfilled, but if they seek more, as many people do, then they'll be sent the message that something is wrong with them.
Many religions also use guilt or the idea that you are a "sinner" or "unworthy" - certainly, this is a theme in Christianity as much as the idea that you are "saved," at least in the way that it is practised.
If a person reads the Bible, they know they are loved by God, wanted by God and blessed by God w/ certain gifts and talents that are important to God.
Also, modern pursuits of this world are often more appealing than Christ's message.