Quite the contrary. The importance of Christianity lies in the power and profound psychological truths of its mythic archetypes. It is those who insist on reading it as literal, empirical fact who reduce the story of Christ to the level of absurdity and make it impossible for rational people to appreciate the real value of it.
Where did you get that Jesus is just a symbol? Jesus is God in the flesh! He is the Son of God who died for us so that we shall not perish but have the chance (through forgiveness) to have everlasting life in Heaven!
Jesus isnt just a symbol. He was a living breathing human being, he is son of God and Christ. And no. IF, going by your scenario, he was just a symbol it wouldnt be the same thing at all. A mere symbol cant sacrifice himself willingly and reconcile God and humanity. A mere symbol cant return to humanity a direct path to God and heaven. Symbols have no meaning beyond what flawed humans give it. Thank God on ALL humanitys behalf that Christ is thoroughly real and did what he did for us with such overwhelming self-less love.
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I'm not sure what you mean by Jesus being just a symbol. He was a living, breathing man (until he dies). nothing less, but nothing more either. quite the ordinary for his time, although he had some erroneous notions. Don't listen to those who say here blasphemous thing like he was "god in the flesh". God cannot be in a flesh. How can the human form contain the infinity of God? As for your question: the importance of Christianity stems only from the fact that there are lots of people, I suppose about a billion and a half, who follow it in one way or another. Most of them think Jesus is their savior. But they are wrong, he is not their savior but their defeat, leading them away from the Next World into oblivion.