John 6:44 quotes Jesus saying: "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day." Similarly, John 12:32 speaks of Jesus drawing peoples to Himself.
These verses cause some controversy, because of differing interpretations of the verb, "to draw." In a nutshell it boils down to whether the person is active or passive in this drawing process.
Does God woo the sinner, make His offer of grace seem attractive, and then the sinner chooses whether or not to respond to the attraction? In this sense we might say a man is drawn to a woman and then decides whether or not to respond to the attraction and marry her.
Another interpretation would have the one being drawn being passive in the process--not acting, but being acted upon. In this sense, the word might be synonymous with "pull" or "drag." One draws a sword from its scabard or draws the drapes closed.
Both interpretations seem reasonable, and one way to discover the meaning would be to compare it to other Scriptures to see which meaning is most consistent. It also occured to me that just because the word in English can have these two meanings, with the object or person being drawn being either active or passive in the process, that does not necessarily mean that the Greek could be interpreted both ways. Since the word, which I will transliterate as "helkuo," (Sorry, I can't get the Greek font to work on this thing.), is only used eight times in the New Testament, it seemed a simple enough matter to look at them all.
I will list these occurances below, with the word(s) translated from "helkuo" in red. I will not comment, but let you draw (no pun intended) your own conclusions.
Use of "Helkuo" in the New Testament
John 6:44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day."
John 12:32 "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself."
John 18:10 "Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus."
John 21:6 "And He said to them,'Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.' So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish."
John 21:11 "Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were many, the net was not broken."
Acts 16:19 "But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities."
Acts 21:30 "And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut."
James 2:6 "But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?"