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Contents Introduction .................................................................................................................................... 3 Unlimited Atonement ..................................................................................................................... 4 Historical Context ...................................................................................................................... 4 Scholasticism context ................................................................................................................. 5 Support on Post Reformed Views on What "All" Means ...................................................... 6 Limited Atonement ........................................................................................................................ 8 Reformist Who Contend With Both Views .................................................................................. 9 A Critique of the Doctrine of Limited Atonement .................................................................... 11 Conclusion. ................................................................................................................................... 14 Bibliography ........................................................................................................................................ 16 2
Extent of Atonement Introduction The controversy regarding the universality or the extent of Atonement has always been and is still a topic being extensively debated, implying a great necessity to handle it. The Atonement by Jesus Christ is bound to affect the relationship between God and the sinner. Atonement does not affect God's inner being; it only brings a change concerning his atoning love. Jesus is constituted as the source of the blessings that come with salvation to the sinners. In that context, Jesus Christ is the Mediatorial author of this Atonement and the sinner's condition and state. For the sinner, Atonement secures and makes salvation possible for a sinner. All the Christians agree that those who believe in the Bible experienced the Atonement of Christ's merits. However, there exists a controversy regarding the extent to which that Atonement applies. One group contends to particular or limited Redemption, which claims that Jesus died to save the elect only. The other posit that the Atonement through Jesus Christ is sufficient and intended for all sinners though it is efficient for those who respond with faith. It is called Universal/ unlimited atonement. An objection for limited Atonement exists through the scriptures. The debate between limited and unlimited Atonement divides a line between Arminian and Calnvivst views of soteriology. The two sides agree that only the application of Atonement is limited but disagrees with God's intention in salvation. The word world is used to refer to all individuals that are constituents of the human race. It is such arguments and others that this paper tries to object that salvation is limited. The paper will argue that Atonement is for all and not for the elect only. It will revolve around the evangelical dispute on what "all" means and reconcile it the Biblical texts 3
on Atonement to show that unlimited Atonement gives the best understanding of Christ's Redemption. Unlimited Atonement Historical Context In ancient times, the Pelagians (5th century) and Semi-Palegians(17th century) contended that Christ died for all men. Thus, while writing to Augustine about the Pelagian heresy remains, Prosper says, "those who have embraced the Pelagian heresy believe that Christ died for all universally and no one is excluded from the redemption and atonement through the blood of Jesus." Augustine attributes that Christ was not crucified for all. Many letters after that to support his point of view. Many of the Roman Catholics who taught like the Semi-Pelagians contend to universal Atonement while others embrace Augustine's theory, which asserts Atonement for the elect.

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