I've only become a member of this forum for the last couple of days, so I haven't had a chance to read all of the threads yet, but found one that interested me. I was about free-will and predestination. If I got the gist of the thread, Baptists believe in predestination. If this is so, my first question is; what separates Baptists from Calvinists in terms of beliefs? My second question is this; if God predestines EVERYTHING, and knows the future, then wouldn't it stand that He created some people who He KNEW would go to Hell? Why would He do that? Doesn't He want everyone up there in Heaven, and glorifying Him here on Earth? I can't see the logic behind this. I can't believe that God would create people to go to Hell. Is is possible that there is a mix? That the big things are figured out but that there are some things He lets us decide? I believe that if we were to get off track, He would guide us. For instance, I know that it was figured out long ago that I was going to end up with the man who is my husband, after all, he brought me to Christ. That was very important in the scheme of things God has layed out. And I can see in things that have happened throughout my life that, well, some things happened to perfectly to be chance. But I can't believe that EVERYTHING is planned out by Him, I would like to think that everyone has the chance to go to Heaven. If they decide to reject it, that's their fault, but--I just don't know. What would be the sense in praying and asking for God to be with certain people in times of illness and such if He already has everything planned out. Why ask Him for anything--if it's not part of His plan, it won't matter. Does this mean that when we pray for someone to be better, and they get better, it was just a coincidence that our prayers fell in line with what He had planned anyway? I'll admit, I didn't read all 7 pages of the thread, but I didn't see this argument in the parts I looked at. I am very confused!!! (Obvious?) Please explain!!!