It is weird to base your whole life on a collection of ancient writings; especially if those writings include stories of talking animals.
It is weird to base your whole life on the teachings of a Jewish carpenter and itinerant teacher who lived 2000 years ago.
It is even weirder to think that this man was not merely human, but the creator of the universe in the flesh.
It is weirder still to think that he died and rose 3 days later, offering salvation to all who would trust in his life, death, and resurrection.
We baptize people. From babies to the elderly, we make sure that people who are joining our community get wet. That is a little bit weird.
We eat bread and drink wine/grape juice that, depending on your tradition, ranges from representing the flesh and blood of Jesus, to actually becoming the flesh and blood of Jesus through miraculous transformation. Very weird.
Adults who would ordinarily never volunteer to participate in a sing along or listen to someone give a lecture or speech, gather together at least once a week to sing songs of praise to, and listen to someone lecture about, this book, this man, this God, and these traditions. Just weird.
I am not afraid to say it: Christianity is weird. But weirdness alone does not make something false. However, the weirdness of Christianity (or any religion/worldview) does mean that it is important to know whether or not it is true. If Christianity is merely weird, then it should be abandoned. But if Christianity is true, then it should be maintained, even if it is weird.
My point here is twofold. First of all, if you are a skeptic of Christianity (or a Christian who is skeptical of other religions/worldviews), I hope that you will recognize the foolishness of writing something off as weird before taking the time to examine whether or not it is true. You might say, "Talking animals! People rising from the dead! LOL. That is obviously false." Of course it sounds ridiculous if you are assuming a naturalistic view of reality. However, the Christian worldview doesn't rest on whether or not animals naturally speak or people naturally rise from the dead. Rather, it asserts that naturalism is false. That is a point that can be examined, but if it is true that God exists, and intervenes in history, then the supernatural, no matter how weird, is at least possible. Second, if you are a Christian, I want you to realize that you cannot simply ignore or downplay the weirdness of your faith/worldview. You need to face it head on and ask yourself "but is it true?" It is foolish to think that something is true just because it feels normal.
*And not for the sake of being a "rebel." When I was in middle and high school, I would have been inclined to do whatever people thought was weird just to get attention. Case in point: I wore plaid shorts and a t-shirt with lederhosen on it for a couple of years. I even went through a stint where I wore house shoes, suspenders, and cardigan sweaters, purposefully dressing like an old man. I knew it wasn't cool. I wasn't a hipster. I was just weird, and I thought it gave me an identity--it made me feel valuable. As it turns out, that wasn't actually all that strange for the 90s. Go figure.