Most, if not all, believers when first confronted with the Calvinistic dogma fight against it. Even Calvinists testify that they are "dragged kicking and screaming to the doctrine by the scripture." (ref. see Sproul's "Chosen by God") Calvinists often point toward this repulsion that we as believers have to their doctrines as being some kind of badge of honor. They often argue that the repulsion that humanity feels to such doctrines are warned about in scripture and therefore offer more validity to their claims. What is it about the Calvinistic dogma that believers hate so much? And does the scripture really ever warn us about such things? I remember when I first was confronted by Calvinism my objection had to do with RESPONSIBLITY. Who is responsible? How can God be in complete control of my choices and still hold me responsible? How can I be unable to respond and still resonsible for my response? This is a reasonable question and one I think Calvinists must answer. And they do...at least they THINK they do. They go to Romans 9 and quote, "God has mercy on who he wants to have mercy and he hardens who he wants to harden. Then one of you will say to me, then why does he still blame us, for who resists his will?" They actually believe that Paul is addressing this objection concerning responsiblity in salvation, but is Paul really answering this objection? Is Paul really intending to say that God holds people responsible for their choices even though He ultimately controls them? If so, then Calvinists have a good case, but if not they have no real answer to this objection. I believe it can be shown: 1. That those who God has hardened were deserving of their being judicial hardened by God due to their FREE rebellion, and thus their being hardened was not a result of God's prior choice to not elect them. In other words, they were judicially hardened or sealed by God in their ALREADY rebellious condition, rather than being placed in that condition from birth by God due to the Fall of Adam. 2. That those who God has hardened may still be saved. (see Romans 11:14ff) These two points completely undermine the Calvinistic premise that God hold's men responsible for choices that He controls because it shows that the men are responsible for their hardened condition in the first place and that God's hardening process may actually lead to their salvation rather than certain condemnation as would be the case for the non-elect reprobates of their system.