Did Jesus die for Christians only?

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I have Protestant friends who say that Jesus died only for Christians. Is this true?


Jesus died for the redemption of all mankind. The apostle Paul says, “For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe” (1 Tim. 4:10). God desires the salvation of all men (cf. 1 Tim. 2:3–4), thus he died to redeem mankind and offer salvation to all. His death redeemed mankind collectively, so we can say that even non-Christians are redeemed. Because each person has free will, he can choose to reject the salvation offered him as a gift. So, while all are redeemed, it is possible that not all will be saved. Christ’s death issufficient for the salvation of all, but it is efficient for the salvation of those who choose to accept that gift.


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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Christians only? I thought he died for Catholics only. That’s what I was taught. Only Catholics go to heaven. “Catholics, Catholics, ring the bell, Protestants, Protestants, go to Hell!” Who else remember that little childhood ditty?

    I love how the answer to this question always involves “choice” when the correct word is “extortion.” If a mafia good comes into your store and gives you the option of paying him 20% of your receipts or “choosing” to have your knees removed with a baseball bat, we call that extortion. When the Church says you must believe, say and do these things or you are choosing to spend the rest of eternity in eternal torment, the bar for extortion has been lifted as high as it can go.

    The author quotes the forged Tim epistles to say, “God desires the salvation of all men.” The RCC makes it crystal clear that all men are not saved. Thus an all-powerful being cannot have what it wants. How can that be?

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