Please let me begin by saying I am not looking provoke a "fight", these are genuine thoughts that led to genuine questions. Last night I stopped in my 18 month old daughter's room on my way to bed. She was fast asleep and looked completely peaceful. It amazes me the love a father can feel for his child... I began praying for her, especially her salvation. Then a thought struck me that sent a chill down my spine and brought a tear to my eye, momentarily - "What if she is not one of the elect?" Now, I know we do not have a 100% safe formula or theology to ensure our children one day recieve Christ. But, if I were a calvinist the thought of one of my children being condemned to Hell from eternity past would prevent me from ever having children in the first place. Again, I realise the argument of Sovereignty will be played and some would say if I were destined to have children I would have children. But the whole thought that God would have condemned my child to hell would prevent me from ever having children. I believe salvation is of God, 100%, but I don't go for the whole predestined against our wills thing. I know I am bringing out nothing new here, and maybe it is a thought shot through with misconceptions, but I just wanted to share it, throw it out there for the masses to consider.