I think that the God of the Holy Bible has a set way in which it is possible to be saved. As always it is the usual practise that the bible has many interpretations generating all types of denominations. Likewise I think it is also strictly incorrect to claim thet ' you' have all the answers,but i will conseed to say that it is ok to claim that you have the answers to the core and foundation aspects of a religion. Though its been a while since Ive viewed christianity in this way,(i once was to be ordained as an evangelist) I try to show what the scriptures say about 'who is to be saved'.[INDENT]God gave his only begotten son so whoever believes in him shall not perrish but have eternal life-john 3.16
Whoever calls upon the name of the lord will be saved-romans 10.13
Christ died once for all-hebrews 10.10
Therefore he is able to save completly(forever) those who come to God through him-hebrews 7.25
He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws that man is righteous:he will surly live, declares the sovereign lord. ezekiel 18.9
"never will i leave you never will i forsake you"hebrews 13.5
"you did not choose me, but i chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last"-john 15.16
[/INDENT]This is actually jesus talking to the disciples, because he told them later;
[INDENT]"go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned"- mark 16.15,16.
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anionted us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guarenteeing what is to come- 2 corintians 1.21-22.
[/INDENT]When god gave his instruction to the deciples to convert the gentiles(through paul then peter) it was to share the promise to all.
Yes it does say that God will have mercy on who he will have mercy and he foreknew who would be saved but this is expected, after all it is god we are talking about, and it is also freewill of man to submit to gods authority. Which is the main point of the relationship of us to god (In Christianity)but God shows his mercy to all, and he waits for us to convert, as such. The bottom line is that it is through Jesus alone that we may be saved and no other way.
This piece is rushed and many scriptures are not included but that is the giste of it.
This isnt to anybody in paticular, just related to the descussion about predestination.
Also God does not give anybody the holly spirit until that person has repented and accepted christs sacrifice for their sins, but can 'influence' people to his will supposedly by the act of the Holy spirit, according to the Bible that is- this was to tmeeker.