Perhaps I arrived at the opinion regarding your seeming attempt at dismissing cordial debate is due to your remarks that attempted to dismiss the validity of debate. "Iron sharpening Iron", etc...
With that being said and as I take your word that you are interested in cordial discourse let us continue in that vein of cordiality. :)
I love a healthy debate, but they should always be based upon the Holy Scriptures and revelation through relationship. We take the Holy Scriptures probably more seriously than your average evangelical Christian. We just get to the bottom of what they are saying in the original languages. If you read anything other than that here at tent...I would be greatly surprised.
Perhaps I am confusing the Tent Maker website itself and it's articles having anything at all to do with the theme present in the Tent Maker Discussion Forums. If the two are completely unrelated in philosophy, etc... I apologize for my misunderstanding. As it is from the information contained at the Tent Maker website and it's articles that I sought to enter into discussion at the Tent Maker Discussion Forums.
Excerpt from Article The Myth of "The Bible" By Gary Amirault
(Sic)"...The true word of God comes via Jesus' Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Anointing. Jesus is the "Christ," that is, the Anointed One -- the One with the fullness of God's Spirit. The true word of God is anointed with God's Spirit. The Spirit and Truth bear witness to each other.
We should always remember that is it NOT those who have their favorite translation memorized who are the sons of God, but those who are led by His Spirit.
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." (Rom. 8:14, NKJV)
I say all this to say that Satan is perfectly able and more than willing to quote scriptures. And most of the time he'll quote them through another Christian, perhaps even your own church leader. He used them to try to trip up Jesus during His tribulation period. Memorizing verses from your favorite translation is NOT putting the true word of God inside you. Quoting one's favorite wrath-filled verse against someone you don't like is NOT obeying God unless He clearly directs you to do so via the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit!
So the next time, because of habit, you want to say, "the word of God says, or "the Bible says," bite your tongue til it hurts. The odds are very great that God never wanted to say a word of it in the first place!" (End excerpt)
Re: Agape love. I would dare presume then that per your reference to scripture that it appears Agape love may be perceived as one and the same thing relating to omnibenevolence.
While Philio refers to friendship and affection or the brotherly sisterly love.
And yet, if Agape love is the constant beneath which you say all things come to exist, it still makes for the remark regarding sin and damnation.
Humans quickened with the pure soul sent from Heaven to inhabit condemned flesh by God's will, according to what the Bible describes as God's preordained plan for all existence including humanity, makes for quite a conundrum in my opinion.
Pure Agape love creating a paradigm wherein there are two factors present for the human consciousness to endure, while made manifest and surviving within the omnipresence of an omniscient omnipotent father, to either find redemption or damnation by design.
How does pure love manifest damnation and sin? And how then is it described as a matter of choice, when humans, according to scripture are born bearing the deficit of sin first? Before choice, as newborns, and like unto the first couple Adam and Eve, could ever become a factor.