You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. – Deuteronomy 6:5-6
Many people may not realize that the when the Gospel writers have Jesus use these words that they’re having him quote Deuteronomy. It’s one reason that the questioner’s agreement is so plausible. How could he argue with his own religious texts?
Those who criticize religion, Christian or otherwise, like to quote passages that highlight the bloody, primitive history of humanity. They aren’t nearly so keen on talking about the reality that, while far from perfect, our faith has, for millennia, reflected the all-encompassing agapé relationship that we are immersed in with Theos.
The care and compassion that agapé calls us to in all aspects of our lives is the transformative power of a faith that transcends doctrine and dogma.