The recent tread about animals going to heaven brings up an important question regarding the free will of man. In the Calvinistic system what real difference is there between the choices and nature of man and that of animals? 1. Both are born "spiritually dead" in the sense that the spirit is not a factor in either the man or the animal. 2. Neither can understand and respond to God's appeal to be reconciled through faith. 3. Both act according to their natural desires from birth...in that both do "what they want" according to the nature God gave them from birth. The only difference seems to be that the man has to spend eternity suffering in hell for being born a man instead of a dog. What say you?