It's gotten off-topic a bit but some good points have come out of that slight turn. Then the rage against sinners and sins comes out and the need for the real truth to remain strong for the true believers. Yikes.
I think you have misread what has been said. I haven't been back through the entire thread but nowhere do I read a "rage against sinners". In fact, I don't remember anyone "raging" against anything. I do know that the point has been made several times that the "sinner" is not to be hated or turned against and that we have ALL sinned. God loves the "sinner"; so how can we ever justify hating them? Which also means hating ourselves because we too have sinned.
I put the word "sinner" in inverted commas because I want to display an importance. We are ALL "sinners" and while there has been discussion on degrees of sin it has also been stated that all unrepentant sin is in need of action.
Jesus called Himself "the Way, the Truth and the Life"; John 14:6. He was constantly telling people that He was telling the truth; Luke 4:25, Luke 9:27, Luke 21:3, John 8:40 are just some examples. He said very clearly that "the Truth would set you free"; John 8:32. And sin not faced with truth and honesty can not be repented of.
I believe that, without any doubt at all, the concept of free choice is very Biblical. Gen 2:16-17 very clearly shows God giving man a choice. This choice was explained in great detail by Moses in several chapters of Deuteronomy. At the climax of his speech about curses and blessings Moses went on to be very blunt about choice and its consequence and reward; Deut 30:15-19.
In the New Testament Jesus was asked a few times about how to receive the Kingdom or what was required to be called a follower (the rich man who was told to sell all and the man who was told to let the dead bury the dead are just two examples). In each case Christ's answer involved a choice. And Matt 6:33 tells very strongly that we have a choice to make in regards to seeking either the needs of this world or the Kingdom and God's provision.
And I just want to gently say that this is not a "dogma". It is a truth of Scripture which really is central to salvation. Without the Truth of who Jesus is, there is no salvation. And part of that truth is not only that He paid the price, but what He paid the price for. He paid the price for sin. Now be it the sin of lying, gluttony, theft or homosexuality, that is what He paid the price for. Without admitting that this is the sin in our lives, repenting of it and turning to a life that deals with it, how can there be salvation?
Someone earlier said that we need to hate the sin we do before we will deal with it. I think there is a lot of truth in this. I know and admit that I hate it when I fall down over and over on the same issue; not to be confused with condemnation and self beating. But it is certainly a motivation to get back up and deal with it when you get to the point where you hate falling over.
We need reconciliation with the Father. Why? Because of sin. You cannot talk about "hating the devil" without talking about sin and its effect in your life. The two subjects go hand in hand simply because the devil is the one who wants to prevent that reconciliation by keeping you in sin. He is the enemy of Matt 13:39 who sows a false word in amongst the Truth of the Word. And Gal 4:16 tells us we become the enemy of others when we speak the truth. And James 4:4 says that we become an enemy to God if we befriend the ways of the world. An enemy to God, wow! That to me sounds very dangerous indeed.
The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation (read the choice offered to the seven churches in Revelation) is about our choice to either serve God or the enemy. This includes the 'enemy within'; in Rom 7:18-25 Paul speaks about his struggle with the inner man and Rom 8:7 tells us that the carnal mind is an enemy of God.
Another interesting thought is a reflection on the word "hate". In Hebrew, that word hate can be translated as "enemy". Hebrew scholars, even when they disagree on interpretations, will tell you that the English language is an abstract language while the Hebrew language is a concrete language. What this means is that English is more tied up with concepts of feelings, emotions and thoughts. Asked to describe a camel we will talk about its legs, neck, hair, size and hump. The Hebrew language is concrete because it would simply get to the point and tell you it's what you ride into the desert. In the Hebrew language a pencil is not a piece of wood, several inches long with lead in the center, it is what you write with.
With that in mind, should hate be filled with the 'emotional' loading that we westerner's put on the word or should we simply see that ANYTHING which is not filled with the love of God is simply the enemy. Interestingly they also see "love", at least in part, as an act of making the right choice. if you love something or someone you CHOOSE to serve them and die for them. Jesus, a Hebrew, did just this. We get too emotional about the word hate because we think it describes an emotion; it doesn't. It describes an enemy. That enemy is sin, that enemy is satan. And that enemy keeps you from reconciliation with the Father.