We believe in the foreknowledge of God of everyone’s fate. However, we also believe that in order to be saved, one must freely accept God. Although God wills all men to be saved and gives sufficient grace to all, people have the power to reject grace. How can we understand this in light of Bible passages that say God has a role in people rejecting Him?
37 Though they had been present when he gave so many signs, they did not believe in him;
38 this was to fulfill the words of the prophet Isaiah: Lord, who has given credence to what they have heard from us, and who has seen in it a revelation of the Lord’s arm?
39 Indeed, they were unable to believe because, as Isaiah says again:
40 He has blinded their eyes, he has hardened their heart, to prevent them from using their eyes to see, using their heart to understand, changing their ways and being healed by me.
41 Isaiah said this because he saw his glory, and his words referred to Jesus.