Tuesday, August 16, 2011
There's a billionaire who can buy every single item in Target. He decides to get some deodorant, cleaning supplies, and the new Cosmo. Did he purchase every item in the store? If the unlimited atonement advocate was consistent, he'd have to say yes. Since he has the funds available, he actually purchased everything, the logic would go. The limited atonement advocate, however, says this doesn't make sense. Does he own things he didn't pay for? Of course not. No doubt the limited atonement advocate would admit that the billionaire had sufficient funds available to purchase every item, but they would assert that doesn't mean he actually purchased anything other than the items he paid for.
That's the crux of the issue when it comes to limited atonement. The limited atonement advocate believes that Christ's payment was sufficient for all, but it was not made for all. He only purchased those who have been Christians, who are currently Christians, and who will eventually be Christians in the future. If he purchased/paid for everyone, no one would be in hell.
Here's a video from The Apologetics Group's DVD "Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism" (which is currently $5 at Monergism) that helps illustrate limited atonement further.