What is the Biblical argument against Limited Atonement?
Proponents claim that because not everyone is saved, God could not have intended that Christ die for everyone.
There is an assumption in this logic regarding God's intentions.
We get an insight into God's intentions from the these verses;
1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours
only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (propitiation =
1 Timothy 2:3-4 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God
our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the
knowledge of the truth.
John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all
judgment unto the Son:
We may be able to conclude that if the potential exists for all to be saved, that potential rests on a propitiation having been made for all.
We may also conclude that if the Son has been given the authority to judge all, that the basis for this is the Son having made payment for all. (similar to purchasing the debts of another)
Atonement can be seen in two ways, what is offered and what is accepted. Atonement is offered universally. Atonement is accepted in a limited fashion. Unaccepted atonement results in judgment.
There is a mystery in how we come to have faith. We need to make allowance for that we do not know. However, the Bible is pretty clear that the willing sacrifice of Jesus was for everyone regardless if it was accepted or not.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have