I was listening to R.C. Sproul this morning and he was speaking on the Noahic Covenant. He made a distinction between total depravity and utter depravity and used this verse: Genesis 6:3 (ESV) 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” He said that men are totally depraved, but they are not as depraved as they could be if the Holy Spirit were removed. My other question would be concerning the verse: What does it mean that my Spirit (notice the capital S) shall not abide in man forever? Does it imply that the Spirit abides in all men to a certain degree?