Limited Atonement versus I John 2:2

The "Limited Atonement" theory is represented by the 'L' in the TULIP acronym which represents the five points of Calvinism. A true five point Calvinist will say that if you can disprove even just one of the five, then logically all five points fall. That is easy to do with a passage like I John 2:2 which reads, "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." Notice that Jesus is the propitiation for our sins, that is, the saved/elect. The text goes on to say "and not for ours only," so Jesus has to be the propitiation for the sins of people other than the saved/elect. Then the verse says "but also for the sins of the whole world," which contradicts the Calvinist's position that Jesus did not die for the sins of the whole world. As far as I know, there is not a single place in the whole Bible where the word "world" refers to the elect/saved only. -

UncategorizedPatrick Donahue