Isn't Calvinism unfair?
The answer to this question would depend on what is meant by “unfair.” Calvinism sees the Bible describing God as being in control of everything. Is this unfair? The Bible says God created everything and has plans that will be fulfilled no matter what happens. This is the general idea of Calvinism.
But here’s the rub: does this kind of control by God infringe on a person’s free will to make his or her own decisions? Well no…and yes. People are not robots. The Bible teaches that we make our own decisions and we’re responsible for those decisions. But it also teaches that sin has captured the will and it naturally affects every decision a person makes. So when it comes to the decision of whether or not to put your trust in Jesus Christ to make you right with God, you would never make this decision on your own. Charles Spurgeon, a 19th century Baptist preacher in England, described it this way:
“One week-night...the thought struck me, How did you come to be a Christian? I sought the Lord. But how did you come to seek the Lord? The truth flashed across my mind in a moment - I should not have sought Him unless there had been some previous influence in my mind to make me seek Him. I prayed, thought I, but then I asked myself, How came I to pray? I was induced to pray by reading the Scriptures. How came I to read the Scriptures? I did read them, but what led me to do so? Then, in a moment, I saw that God was at the bottom of it all, and that He was the Author of my faith, and so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me, and from that doctrine I have not departed to this day, and I desire to make this my constant confession, ‘I ascribe my change wholly to God.’”