I have many Christian friends. Some are Calvinist and some believe one can lose their salvation. On these points we disagree. But I respect them and love them all dearly, they are wonderful Christian brothers. I like reading John Piper, a Calvinist brother in Christ. So I was reading something he said in a sermon titled "The Absolute Sovereignty of God: What is Romans 9 About". In this he said something that enlightened me about Calvinist and this is why I titled this thread Calvinism, God's Mercy. Here is an excerpt: What caught my attention was the parts I emboldened. I believe Calvinism could be God's way of snapping those Christians out of self-centerness who otherwise could not learn to be God centered any other way. Just something to think about. Notice how John Piper described his life before embracing Calvinism. Personally, I live my life as John does, God centered, yet I did not need Calvinism to do so. Just a thought!