A few here on the BB participate in the debating, however, there are probably dozens if not hundreds of seekers, just listening in trying to decide just what it is they should follow concerning these doctrines being discussed. As I have said in the past, one must study to show thyself approved (2Tim2:15, Acts17:11) ,and one must earnestly pray the Holy Spirit give understanding (1Jo2:27). God also gives us teachers, but we must try the teachers also, for they are human and not the Holy Spirit, they can make many errors. With todays technology with the internet, we have a wealth of information to pour over, both sides being represented thoroughly. One of the many controversies between the Cal and non-Cal is "freewill". The Cal says it does not exist in the bible. Is this fact or is this exercising "freewill" to ignore text or interpret text so that it makes TULIP's problem of "freewill" go away? Try to follow a KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) rule. God did not intend for us to be baffled nor for His truths to be complex that it takes a Greek and Hebrew degree in order to understand scripture. Don't get me wrong, Greek and Hebrew does help in developing clearer meanings, a simple lexicon for these will do. I am not against many of the bible translations, but I do prefer the KJV because it stays as true as it possibly can to a word for word translating format. I hear the ESV has done this as well, but I have not read it. Many of the modern "translations" are more like "interpretations". I actually use them more as commentaries, but I digress... Here is a portion from a website concerning "freewill". As I said you can find many, but we can start here, does the bible teach "freewill" or is the TULIP theology right and it does not exist? Remember, God knows just how simple man is, in fact, it is the "wise" whom God says are much harder to teach understanding, so remember to KISS the scriptures. You will have to do some study and some prayer, but don't cause or allow the scriptures to get all muddled or be flip flopping around. You must allow the Scripture to interpret the Scripture, study and pray. Use a good bible with cross referencing marginal notes, many good devoted men have done much work in order to make study easier for us today.