S’what I’m here for.
Anywhoo, as someone who was raised from birth as a fundamental, evangelical Christian (now agnostic), the idea that the love of Jesus is, and should be, reciprocal is so ingrained in the tenants of the faith, that to not declare your love for Christ would be tantamount to rejecting his divinity; for the whole idea of salvation is based on this principle. His sacrifice, grace and blood is what purportedly saves humanity’s collective asses from eternal damnation in Hell. The belief in the divinity of Jesus and his miracles, and His teachings are all founded on Love.
Now, as a Christian, your logic might go something like this:
I believe the Bible is God’s Word.
God is infallible, but man is not.
If God is to give man instruction and salvation, whatever the Bible holds to this day, despite any error introduced by man’s interpretation, was God’s intention.
Therefore, the Bible as we know it, while still open to interpretation, is what God ultimately meant for Christians to take to heart.
The Disciples account of Jesus and his principles, are then the tenants of the faith.
This leaves the Bible as the only objective instruction on what God and Jesus are trying to tell us.
The root of the teachings is love, love and more love.
The boldings get to the point, since this is already getting TL;DR…
*I Corinthians, 13
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."*
*Matthew 25, Jesus’ parable of the Sheep and Goats
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’" <snip>*
So, I close my argument on the grounds that to be a Christian, is to believe in the divinity of Christ, by definition. To not follow His instruction, is to not walk in righteousness and strive to be Christ-like. Hence, you are not a Christian.
If irrefutable evidence, like a time-traveling camcorder, followed Jesus’ every move since birth to crucifixion to burial, revealed his divinity was a sham, then it would render the Bible moot, and therefore, all tenants of the faith would be dashed.
Still, even now that I consider myself agnostic, there’s some wisdom in His principles (even if he aped them from others before him). If proven to be just another dude, either delusional, or intentionally lying, I could not love him any more than I love Gandhi or the Buddha, because the way the faith is outlined would undermine his claimed sacrifice of taking on all of Men’s sins for us.
So, in otherwords, it’s one’s faith in His divinity that naturally brings you to love Him as you come to a revelation of the sacrifice He made for you.