I have recently being doing a study on the power of the word in converting the soul and have been confronted by the well known Calvinistic doctrine of Total Depravity (or Total Inability). I think we all agree that Adam's Fall lead to a huge negative impact upon the nature of mankind, but what in scripture would lead anyone to believe that the powerful words of our God are not sufficient to enable a response from fallen creatures? Calvinists insist that a man must be born again (regenerated) in order to respond in faith, but I just don't see that taught in scripture. In fact, I see quite the opposite. The Bible tells us to "believe so that we may have life," not the other way around. Are there any Calvinists here who could please help me to understand why you all have come to these conclusions. I'm not looking to fight anyone, just a civil Christ-like discussion among brothers in Christ. Thanks.