What does the term, "out of context" mean exactly? Doesn't this term hold true with every single statement made by everyone who has a difference of opinion then you do about a meaning? If you and I read the same words and come away thinking it means 2 different things then the only options are: 1 of us is reading it out of context or both of us are reading it out of context. I don't get why you continue to say this. Yes, I believe that God elects. Yes I believe that we TRULY BELONG in HELL and not heaven therefore if God chooses to elect a number of people less then everyone, He may do so justly. I believe there is glory in God's attribute of PERFECT JUSTICE that will be displayed when humans that He loves dearly are separated from Him in hell. When we see how much God loves even the lost, and they are in hell, there will be glory in that attribute of God.
I also believe in man's responsibility to believe in God. I believe this is a paradox on THIS side of heaven that will go away at the end of time. So I am not saying that from our perspective that we don't choose to believe, we DO.
There has been a lot of good stuff posted here and I have read and reflected on a good deal of it. However, I still believe that salvation is totally a GIFT from God out of Grace and that I amount to nothing without Him including my desire to accept Him. Do I understand why others reject Him? No. But do I think I am in any way more deserving to be saved in the eyes of God than the lost? No. It is a total mystery to me that I have faith. I am thankful for it, I love God for it and I thank Him for it every day. Do I feel LESS love for Him because I think He gave it to me? No.