"I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."[f] 16It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."[g] 18Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
Does this support the theory of predestination? I was very confused when I read this, because it looks as though we are not in control of whether or not we get into heaven at all, no matter how hard we try. It seems that God must choose us Himself, and make use of the rest to show the glory of God. Am I interpreting this right?
And also, on the side, who wrote this book? I think it was Paul, but am uncertain.