This seems to be the Arminian or non-reformed hang up. When it comes to soteriology they are willing to ask why all the way up to "choice" and then they don't want to take another step nor ask "why" another single time. I think this is because they know to go ONE MORE step past "choice" will cause them to become Calvinists. They seem to think that choices do not have causes. They deny the law of nature God put in place called "Cause and Effect". For every effect there is a cause. A choice is an effect which has a cause. Choices do not appear ex nihilo. There are causes, reasons why people choose what they choose. With John (who chooses Christ) and Jack (who does not) they are only willing to investigate back to the point where they make their choice- and no further. When you ask them, "But WHY did John choose Christ and Jack not" they say, "He simply did." But this is meaningless. They deny that there is a cause or refuse to face that fact. Something CAUSED them to choose what they chose. Some cleverly say, "Well it was the choices the made all through life up TO the point where they made a choice concerning Christ." But this leaves them with the same problem. WHY did they make that chain of choices differently? Environment? Their personal nature? WHY did they make the choices they made? Now someone will say- "Well we can't know- it is different for everyone and we can't know their hearts." Two things here: #1- Fine. But you still have to deal with why one has a heart that drives them to make choices that lead them to Christ and why the other has a heart that drives them to make choices that lead them to hell. Whyn the difference in hearts and who controls those differences- who caused those differences? #2- We DO know some things about all human hearts. We know that they are all desperately wicked and deceitful above all things. Do you believe that there is a cause for every choice and every chain of choices? If so, why are the causes so different for Jack who perishes and John who lives forever? Who ultimately controlled those causes? Missionaries, Christians, Parents, School teachers, bullies, friends,- or God. If God controlled the causes for the choices, then guess what- God is the one who determines who comes to Christ and who does not.