This forum has been on my mind constantly today. I was out cleaning out the vegetable garden and raking and weeding and such, and thinking and thinking. And a question occurred to me. If, as Calvinists claim, God chose those He would redeem from before the beginning of time itself, then why should He go through all of this waste of people? Why not just create those who would be redeemed? Why this dreadful waste of time itself, as a part of creation, and the decay and rot and death that go along with it when He could have simply created those He would redeem from the get-go and stop the rest of the suffering and pain and cruelty in this world?