I think StoneWall has raised a very strong and fundamental topic. It seems to me that Christians have a really difficult time with these core issues and they would rather avoid them and think about the fluffy clouds of heaven and the personal relationship with the Lord, rather than focus on the fundamental problems of the Christian belief.
I agree with most of your comment including the one above. To the modern Christian Jesus is the Word. The bible is just a handy book to pick and choose from. What does not fit is dismissed as opinion. But in argument it suddenly becomes the final authority to quote from. The Holy Word of God. Switching between these two stances they are able to confound the infidel. They think!
I have been criticized for calling them 'modern' because they say the early Christians did not have a Bible. True but they had Christ to talk to. Then the Spirit inspired Paul to lay out what it was all really about. Some Christians do not agree with Paul and question the accuracy of translation with Jesus words. They rely on a personal relationship with Jesus who telepathically updates them. The Holy Bible is, it appears, no longer Holy.
I have for the moment given up trying to get straight answers from many modern Christians. They are sincere and pleasant people who wish the world to be a better place than it really is. I am happy for them but fail to see how the Bible supports their modern faith.