I am not witty enough to come up with a concise title for this thread . I am mainly responding to Ron Arndt on doctrines called Calvinism -- but having their clear-cut basis in the Scripture . Some questions to begin with . How can a person dead in sin come to spiritual life him or herself to accept Christ ? How does one believe ? Isn't the Lord the One who chooses who will be saved and who will perish in their sins ? Nobody has the strength , power , insight , ability or will to turn to the Lord under their own wormly power . Only the ones who have been ordained ( appointed ) to receive eternal life will in-fact receive it ( see Acts 13:48 for instance ) . The Lord lays down the ground rules . That why He is LORD of all . Did you ever look at Matthew 25:31-46 ? It speaks of the Lord God dividing the sheep from the goats . Everyone is not a member of the sheepfold . Divine distinctions . Crist did not die for the sheep AND the goats -- only His sheep are His bride , the elect , His Church etc. Some are objects of His wrath -- prepared for destruction ( Romans 9:22 ). Certain individuals were marked out for condemnation . Outer darkness has been reserved for them . ( see Jude 4 and 13 ) . Who are the children God gave Christ in Hebrews 2:13 ? Everyone ? Are there indeed reprobates ? Isn't predestination double ? Some are destined for eternal life and others for eternal death ( the 2nd death as it puts it in the book of Revelation several times ). The Lord has mercy on whom He chooses to have mercy upon . In Matthew 26:28 Christ said : " This is my blood of the covenant , which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins . " In Hebrews 2:10 it says of Christ : " In bringing many sons and daughters to glory . " In the same book it states in 9:28 : " So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many ... " .