Christ has become a controversial figure in our society, but then again, I guess He always was. In fact, the symbol of the fish derived from the early disciples who went about spreading Christ’s ideas, trying to hide from the Romans and other opposing groups. Whether or not you believe He is the Savior of the world (which I obviously do according to my grammar usage) His ideas of caring for the poor and loving others are incredibly influential. Yet in some ways He was incredibly radical as He tells us that we find ourselves when we lose ourselves and we must give all to gain all.
My personal opinion, though can be summed up in one of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes, “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic…or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. … Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.”
If you are unfamiliar with His teachings, I would highly recommend that you study them!