Any act of religious intolerance, or hatred, or war is the activity of the ego. The ego needs to be right. The ego refuses to share power. The ego is deeply resistant to accommodating the beliefs of others that are different from its own.
Those who say Jesus is a universal symbol for all humanity are correct in this sense: all people have a pain-body that nails us to a cross of emotional pain and suffering. Many among us life their life on the cross, so to speak, never looking to see what the nails are made of and if they can be removed.
The real meaning of Christmas is to find that essential self that is universally experienced as the Christ within no matter what your cultural or religious upbringing is.
Jesus was a man who was known to be natural and spontaneous. A man reputed to not play roles, which implies that there is no self or ego with an agenda of protecting or strengthening the self.
Eckhart Tolle Interview on Religion and Suffering
"The very suffering that comes with being here in this physical realm—because eventually some form of suffering comes to everybody—can become an opening into that which we call the divine."