When are you going to answer my question? Because it is a problem YOU have to deal with, you claim responsibility or choice, I don't.
DD- I don't know the answer to your question, any more than you know the answer to the one I asked you. Because I want to hear and know Jesus, so I do? Because I was born into an area that allows me to find knowledge of Him? Perhaps God only does for us what we are willing to accept and to hear and to place our faith in.
"Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing."
Why would Jesus say that if they didn't have a choice in the matter in the first place?
I hear what you're saying, DD. I truly do. We cannot earn the grace of God, or it would not be grace. But the people within it also work so hard to bring people to Christ. 'Come all you who are weary and burdened...' 'God was reconciling the world to him through Christ...'
I do think that there are some chosen (predestined) by God to share the gospel. But I think it is the choice of those who hear, whether or not they believe. Only God can know why they don't or can't believe. But if they do believe, then theyy are included in Christ - and all are one in Christ.
Ephesians: In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit."
He does not say that these ones who heard afterward were predestined.
So now I'll repeat a question I asked earlier:
How do you reconcile predestination (for all) with free will?