In Romans 11:7-10 (NASB)
7 What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; 8 just as it is written:
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes to see not and ears to hear not,
Down to this very day.”
9 And David says,
“May their table become a snare and a trap,
And a stumbling block and a retribution to them.
10 May their eyes be darkened to see not,
And bend their backs continually.”
In this passage we read that the heart of some was hardened. This hardening can be comprehended in two ways
- God doing something that goes beyond our control (Romans 9:21)
- A person hardens the own heart (Exodus 9:34)
This is leading me to think that, independently of whether we accept / reject God's salvation plan, that we are not really rejecting. So, even though Mario (user persona) thinks he's being disobedient to God by rejecting the Gospel, he is actually obeying to a higher purpose on another level.