What does the bible teach on this subject . i believe romans 9 and various other scriptures teach us that . god has elected or chosen certain individuals to belong to himself . but the same bible that teaches gods's sovereign election also teaches human responsibility . while it is true that god elects people salvation, it is also true that they must choose to be saved by a define act of the will . the divine side of salvation is seen in the words " all that the father gives me will come to me " the human side is found in the words that follow " and the one who comes to me i will by no means cast out " ( john 6:37) we can rejoice as believers that god chose us in christ before the foundation of the world ( eph 1:4) but we believe just as surely that whoever will may take of the water of life freely ( rev 22:17) . D.L. Moody illustrated it the 2 truths this way :when we come to the door of salvation , we see the invitation overhead , " whosoever will may come " when we pass through , we look back and see the words , " elect according to the foreknowledge of god " above the door . thus the truth of mans responsibility faces people as they come to the door of salvation . the truth of sovereign election is a family truth for those who have already entered. how can god choose individuals to belong to himself and at the same time make a "bona fide " offer of salvation to all people everywhere . how can we reconcile these two truths ? the fact is that we cannot . to the human mind they are in conflict . but the bible teaches both doctrines , and so we should believe them , content to know that the difficulty lies in our minds and not in gods . these twin truths are like two parallel lines that meat only in infinity . altough god chooses some men to be saved , he never chooses anyone to be damned. to put it another way , though the bible teaches election , it never teaches divine reprobation . but some may object , " if god elects some to blessing , then he necessarily elects others to destruction " but that is not true . the whole human race was doomed to destruction by its own sin and not by any arbitrary decree of god . if god allowed everyone to go to hell- and he could justly have done that - people would be getting exactly what they deserved . the question is , " does the sovereing lord have the right to stoop down and select a handful of otherwise doomed people to be a bride for his son ? " the answer , of course, is that he does . so what it boils down to is this : if people are lost , it is because of their own sin and rebellion ; if people are saved , it is because of the sovereign electing of god . there are two dangers to be avoided in connection with this subject . the first is to hold only one side of the truth - for example , to believe in gods sovereign election and deny that man has any responsible choice in connection with his salvation. the other danger is to over emphasize one truth at the expense of the other . the scriptural approach is to believe in gods sovereign election and to believe with equal force in human responsibility . only in this way can a person hold these doctrines in their proper biblical balance .