well i can honestly say i respect you for following your own beliefs. i think the most important part of life is following your heart and your mind and thinking for yourself. i choose to believe that God exists and that Jesus was part of him, whether he was God himself or his son, im not yet sure. one thing you have to admit (somewhat quoting the editor of the UW-Marathon "Forum" Newspaper) is that whether or not you believe Jesus was the messiah, you have to admit that his philosophical teachings are very wise and very inspiring.
as for the "120 minutes of torture" that may be what you see on the screen, but the result, for me anyway, was a few days (and still going) of deep thought and re-consideration of values that i held until that point.
also, i dont understand why your jewish friends dont like the movie or Mel Gibson. this movie does not, in my opinion, express any hatred or blame towards the jews. the people that see this movie and decide to hate or take violent actions against jewish people completely missed both the point of the movie, and the lessons of Jesus, and were probably looking for a reason to take violent action before the movie came about.
"Be excellent to each other." - Bill S Preston, Esquire & Ted "Theodore" Logan