Why would God call those whom He knows will not believe? My wife and I discussed this last evening. I shared with her the view that some on here call foolish, that we teach God works upon those whom He knows ultimately will not receive Him. This is called a waste of time from those, among other things. My wife and I understood and discussed that God has always done this. Further, some (several probably) have said it is utter foolishness to say, as believing Calvinists, that God calls to repentance and works on those whom He knows won't receive Him. They call this utter nonsense and mock it. In other words, since we, Calvinists know only the elect will receive Him, they say it is ridiculous for God to call all to Him, knowing some will not come to Him, so thus He should only call His elect. They do and say this because they are not familiar with Gods' ways and it shows a considerate lack of understanding God, and His ways, and His dealings with man, which is typical in churches today. He has always done this, calling those who cannot and will not obey. God called the Israelites into the Promised Land to destroy all others therein. Why call them when He knew they would not do it? By the argument of some it is foolishness to call someone to do a thing that he will not do. God gave us the Law to keep. Why would He do that? He knew we would not keep it, nor could we. According to some, it is nonsense when God is calling on someone to do something He full well knows they will not keep. God gave us the 10 commandments. Why would He do this? God called for Saul to destroy all of the Amalekites, yet He knew he would not do it. Why bother? God has done this many times in Scripture, calling those whom He knows would not do what He has said or commanded. He called His people Israel over and over and over to Him in the OT and knew they would not do it. God called Jeremiah to preach to people who would not listen. The same God then now commands everyone to repent, knowing that not all will. Those who believe God calling and working on those who will ultimately reject Him are missing the point about God. He will do as He wills. Those who are His will receive Him, His irresisitible grace will win out. Who are you to say it is nonsense for God to do so? God is way above our thoughts, and this is how He works in history and among mankind, yet some ridicule this. I'd be very cautious to call how He works, yes, even calling those who will not receive Him, anything other than glorious and Sovereign. I think God is simply showing us who they are that know Him, who his sheep really are, and only those who are really His will obey His voice and come to Him. On the other side of the coin He justly shows those who are already condemned.