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Category Archives: Owen’s Answer

When all means all


The doctrine of the limited atonement is not based on hermeneutics.  But since our Calvinist friends do believe the Bible, they must bump against hermeneutics at some point.  When they do, the collisions happen – – a lot – – and that requires some resourceful wresting of word meanings.  The most common claim in defense […]

Does it mean this or not?


One of the central controversies involved in the doctrine of the limited atonement is whether the relevant plain-language texts actually mean what they appear to say.  The question is valid since what’s supposedly plain didn’t originate in English.  Either we all have to learn Greek, or else some fundamental rules of comprehending the basic textual […]

Adam to Christ: Reverse the curse


Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.  Romans […]

If one died for all


For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.  2 Corinthians 5:14-15 The strength of this passage […]

Jesus died for everybody?


Pastor Jack Brooks over at New Covenant Living has posted a pretty good summary of reasons to believe the redeeming death of Christ was accomplished on behalf of everybody.  Check it out. A key idea in his post, one which I’ve also thought about, is that apart from the generality of Christ’s atonement, no person […]

The Bible tells me so


People with no background in the Calvinistic traditions of Christianity are often shocked to learn that Calvinists believe Christ died only for the chosen and that his death cannot avail anything of saving power for the non-elect.  Calvinists prefer to call this belief the particular atonement, though some still refer to it as the limited […]

Who did Christ die for?


Many — Matthew 26:28 Your brother — Romans 14:15 His sheep — John 10:15 His bride — Ephesians 5:25 All who, like sheep, have gone astray — Isaiah 53:6 All — 2 Corinthians 5:14, 2 Timothy 2:6 The world — John 6:51 Every man — Hebrews 2:9 Not us only, but the whole world — […]