I wanted to hear more of a response to this question: Calvinist teach that we are born totally depraved meaning that we are born unable to see, hear, understand and convert to God. This also just so happens to be the scriptural definiation of hardening as seen in Acts 28: Matt. 21; Mark 4; John 12 and Romans 10-11. However it seems quite clear in scripture that people are not born hardened but they become that way after years of God's continual patience, persistance in "holding out his hands to them" and their rebellion. Romans 1 clearly states that this hardening or depravity also takes place following ones "knowing God" through his revelation and his refusal of acknowledging His glory: 21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. Notice that their thinking BECAME nonsense and their minds WERE darkened, not that they were born that way. Also, we clearly see that later God "gives them over" only after they have lived in sin and rebellion toward him for some time. This shows that they weren't born "given over" as Calvinism's total depravity teaches but that they BECAME that way through rebellion. I, as do most Arminians, admit that man is born with a sinful nature and guilty as objects of wrath, but were in scripture does it ever teach that they are born "totally depraved" or "hardened" in their sins? Thanks.