I secretly think the very best part about Christianity (and possibly other religions as well) is that it gives you an ‘excuse’ to be on your best behavior and for the best possible motives. If you want to be nice, kind and loving to a fellow human being, you are at liberty to do so (usually) without having your intentions made suspect.
Perhaps [the critics are right and] the drama is played out now and Jesus is safely dead and buried. Perhaps. It is ironical and entertaining to consider that at least once in the world’s history those words might have been said with complete conviction, and that was on the eve of the Resurrection.