Quite a while back, someone claimed that God tries to save everyone but fails. Is it really possible for God to fail at anything? I believe it is impossible for God to fail at anything. God does not "try". His will is always accomplished 100%. However, God may have conflicting wills, and one will may trump another, according to his good pleasure. But the fact that God decides which will trumps another still means that God does not fail. I don't want this to degenerate into a free-will vs. election debate, so I will use another example: The problem of sin. Even if you don't agree at every point, I hope you will see the difference between this and "tries but fails". 1. God desires that his creation be free of sin 2. God desires to make his character and glory known 3. God's character includes righteousness, love, wrath against unrighteousness, mercy, and more 4. God cannot make some of his characterstics known without the existence of sin, since there is no need for mercy in a sinless creation, no need for wrath in a sinless creation, etc 5. God allows sin to enter the creation (or creates sin, depending on your viewpoint) in order to make his attributes known In order for #5 to be true, God must compromise his desire that his creation be free of sin. In this scenario, God may eventually free the creation of sin, but he must allow it long enough to make his characteristics known. This is NOT the same thing as God wanting his creation to be sin-free, but failing to prevent sin from entering his creation. It is a matter of God's desire for his attributes to be known trumping his desire for his creation to be sin-free. I encourage you to plug this line of reasoning into the "God tries to save everyone but fails" claim, and see for yourself if it is a matter of God failing. Does anyone want to make a case for God trying but failing at anything?