"To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, 12*so that WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN." (Cross reference Luke 8; Matt. 13) Notice that this passage tells us that Jesus used parables so that certain Jews wouldn't believe and be forgiven. But why? If Calvinists assumption, that men are born unable to believe in Christ without an effectual calling, is true, then why would Christ need to hide the message in parables to prevent them from believing? Notice that it says they "might return and be forgiven," proving that the parables kept that from possibly happening. Jesus must have believed that they could have believed and "returned" to Him, otherwise why would he say this? In short, why would you hide a message from people so they can't believe it when those people were born unable to willingly believe or even understand that message in the first place? Please refrain from personal attacks, questioning other's intentions, or responding in a non-Christlike way. Such posts will be reported and ignored. Just respond to the topic at hand or refrain from posting. Thank you.