This question is not intended to start any kind of debate or argument. This is merely an attempt to help satisfy my own personal interest and understanding. Q: Why should I be a Calvinist? (there's actually two more questions, which follow at the end of this post) If the only response you have is- "You shouldn't be!", or some other snide remark- please, don't even bother posting in this thread. If you're not going to add or contribute to the conversation FOR Calvinism, then you're only going to be detracting and distracting ME from the information I am seeking. I would certainly hope that none of you hi-jack this thread, and run it into the ground with irrelevant and useless information (as some of you seem to do so often... [I've been lurking for a while, and I've seen what some of you are capable of...]). Again, I am looking for honest, Biblically backed and oriented reasons(in context!), arguing for Calvinism. Basically, this question is for the Calvinist to answer. I've heard plenty of people argue against Calvinism, and I've heard some very nasty things be said about Calvinists in general. I'm tired of hearing the unintelligible mumblings from "the other side" against Calvinist. Often people speaking against it seem to have very little, if any, idea of what Calvinism truly is. So please, inform me- what is the truth about Calvinism? What is the "argument" or proof for Calvinism? And why should I (or perhaps, why would I want to be) a Calvinist? Even thought I'm not a Calvinist, and may never be one, I would at least like to have a sound understanding of the Calvinist thought, theology, and reasoning for their beliefs.