NOTE: This is relevant to you and your friends no matter what your personal origin story or current status is. It is a universal message, though in my specific case told by one who was born Jewish.
In the movie The Matrix, the traitor named Cypher says that if people had been told the truth, they would have made a different choice with their lives. And I have to say that I agree. But whereas Cypher says he would have chosen to stay in ignorant bliss, I made a completely different choice when I heard the truth.
I was born a Jew, raised a Jew, and only knew how to be a Jew. Not that my family was particularly religious. But my parents were clear that our religious identity was Jewish because that’s how we were born.
And that’s how it was for the first 31 years of my life. I always believed in God, and was very familiar with the Bible’s Old Testament as history, but never read the New Testament because I was told that Jews did not believe in Jesus as the Messiah. Thus I personally knew nothing about Jesus and Christianity beyond what the media fed me.