John 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. I understand calvinists believe the lost cannot believe, because they cannot hear, because they are spiritually dead. After studying John 1-8 tonight, I am seeing it a little differently. I believe the lost remain spiritually dead as a result of unbelief, therefore, they cannot hear. In other words, it seems calvinists put "born again" before "belief", while it looks like the actual order is "belief" before "born again". So, the way I understand John 8:47 is, because of pride, these guys won't believe Jesus is the Christ, therefore they are not born again, and that is why they do not hear God's words.