Most, if not all, believers when first confronted with the Calvinistic dogma fight against it. Even Calvinists testify that they are "dragged kicking and screaming to the doctrine by the scripture." Calvinists often point toward this repulsion that we as believers have to their doctrines as being some kind of badge of honor. They often argue that the repulsion that humanity feels to such doctrines are warned about in scripture and therefore offer more validity to their claims. What is it about the Calvinistic dogma that believers hate so much? And does the scripture really ever warn us about such things? I remember when I first was confronted by Calvinism my objection had to do with RESPONSIBLITY. Who is responsible? How can God be in complete control of my choices and still hold me responsible? How can I be unable to respond and still resonsible for my response? This is a reasonable question and one I think Calvinists must answer. And they do...at least they THINK they do. They go to Romans 9 and quote, "God has mercy on who he wants to have mercy and he hardens who he wants to harden. Then one of you will say to me, then why does he still blame us, for who resists his will?" They actually believe that Paul is addressing the objection of Arminians concerning responsiblity in salvation, but I assure you he is NOT. The one making the objection is not a non-elect reprobate destined to hell saying, "Why do you still blame us.." Instead, it is a Jew who has been temporarily hardened. If you read Romans 9-11 that is made quite clear. Look at the previous verses. Pharoah is a perfect parallel. He was hardened in his rebellion so that he would'nt let God's people go. God didn't want one of the plaques to convince him before the Passover was accomplished. In the same way, Jews were hardened in their rebellion so that Jesus wouldn't be believed before the Passover sacrifice was accomplished on the cross. The scripture is clear that had they not been judicially hardened they might have believed and been saved (Acts 28, John 12 etc). Therefore, the very objection that would have kept most believers from ever becoming Calvinistic is never really answered, they just think it is. The objection still stands unanswered.