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    Understanding Romans 9, Part 2, Why Does God Show Mercy or Harden?

    By Grant Hawley Introduction If you haven’t seen part 1 of this series, please check it out here. In it, we looked at the context and theme of Romans 9, and in this article, we will look at why God hardens some and shows mercy to others. Romans 9 teaches us that God hardens some people and shows mercy to others. Calvinism says that God does this as a sovereign decree without consideration of any response or activity on the part of human beings. This Calvinistic doctrine is called Unconditional Election, and it forms the U of the TULIP acronym. Romans teaches us why God hardens some and shows mercy…