If someone would help me w/ this, I'd really appreciate it: why would God purposely harden someone's heart if he/she was ungodly/unrighteous, etc? If God grants us the ability to make our own decisions (however unrighteous), why would He purposely harden someone's heart so he/she would not be able to repent and come to Christ (or in Old Testament times, come to know the Lord God)? It leaves me with the sense that God will manipulate others to accomplish His objectives, ie, hardening Pharoah's heart so he wouldn't let the children of Israel go.
I've always been stumped by this and I find it unsettling, but what's more unsettling is the fact that I can't seem to reconcile it.........
I'd appreciate your assistance and I'll most definitely be praying about it this weekend.