How can the scriptures be properly understood unless the relationship between God and man is properly understood, simply put, they can’t, that relationship is the predominant principle for a correct interpretation. Let go back to the Garden. Ge 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. God placed the “Stewardship” of the whole world in the hands of man, even the Stewardship of man’s own life in obeying/disobeying God, Ge 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Just as Adam/Eve were personally held responsible for their stewardship, so will each individuals. Jos 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; 2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Adam/Eve sin brought an “indoctrination” into the world that condemned all men, obedience to the lust of the flesh. Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Ro 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: God counter the "indoctrination" of the "First Adam" with the "Second Adam", Jesus. 1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Lu 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to “ALL PEOPLE”. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the “TRUTH”. (Jesus) 1Jo 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. Ro 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. So far, we’ve established the fact that the stewardship God gave man over the earth resulted in all men being lost, and that God’s redeemption plan is as total as the condemnation, So why isn’t the whole world saved?? The “Dominion”, or Stewardship, God gave man over the earth entitled man to make his own decisions, good or bad, obedience/disobedience, and without the “Sovereign will” of God being imposed on man’s decisions either way, and it’s a stewardship for which each individual will be held accountable/Judged. De 11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, When you start off on the wrong foot, you end up on the wrong foot, or wrong interpretation, Calvin wrongly assumed that God hated “Sinners”, rather than their sin, and consequently: 1. The good tiding/great joy (love) wasn’t intented for all people 2. The redeemption plan was never meant to be as total as the condemnation 3. God’s sovereign will is excercised against the dominion/stewardship given man over his life/earth. 4. By design, some were deliberately “excluded” from the plan of salvation. (predestination) Calvin view of the relationship between Man and God was one of the total Sovereignty of God over man’s life, Calvin has God/Scripture viewing mankind from a pessimistic view point, making wrath/vengences so necessary it must be include in God’s plans, rather than the correct “optimist” view of God loving, providing a means of saving all sinners, without wrath/vengence on anyone, but “Covenants” can only be made when “TWO” (not one) are in “Agreement”.