You know, this is an interesting thread for a number of reasons.
1) Reformedguy started a thread on "Limited Atonement" last evening, and RCM start this thread on the SAME topic this morning, calling it simply "Reformed Heresy". I wonder why he felt the need for a second thread on the same topic?
2) The OP seems to think that forum "discussions" consist of nothing more than posting a bunch of verses at people, and throwing around derogatory accusations if we don't automatically change our beliefs. I wonder if he thinks things work this way in real life?
3) He also doesn't seem to understand that we've seen most of these "proof-texts" hundreds of times already (lack of charity), and that we've already answered them hundreds of times. Does he really think we are obligated to answer the same tired objectives every time someone new comes around, rather than the objector doing his OWN due diligence (eg. books, searching forums) to see how we've ALREADY answered these objections in the past? Quite frankly, I'm getting pretty tired of people getting a bunch of proof-texts from an "anti" website, and spending 5 seconds putting them into a post, expecting us to invest a significant amount of time responding to them, only to have our responses ignored.
4) I've repeatedly noticed that critics approach the issue as if WE were trying to convince THEM to change their beliefs (I'm certainly not), when in fact it seems that THEY are trying to convince us that we are wrong and they are right. Yet the don't feel the need to prove their own position (ie. proving "kosmos" allegedly means, "every single individual without exception"), but WE allegedly have the need to prove that THEIR made up definition is wrong.
5) It seems that every anti-Calvinist "knows" that Limited atonement is "wrong", yet everyone has a DIFFERENT reason why it's wrong. I mean, this poster didn't try to use Matt. 23:37, John 3:16, 1 Tim. 2:4, 2 Pet. 3:9, etc., the "usual suspects", although he did use 1 John 2:2), but he brought up a number of peculiar verses and didn't even bother to EXPLAIN how (or why) he thinks they even ADDRESS limited atonement.
Romans 5:12 "Therefore, just as through one man the sin entered into the world, and through the sin the death, and so the death spread to all men, because all sinned"
That teaches universal sinfulness, not universal atonement.
John 1:29, "The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
Another question that never seems to get answered is that critics seem to think there can only be one possible meaning for a verse, and if anyone is misinterpreting a verse, it certainly cannot be them. These are the kinds of people who cannot be reasoned with, IMO. And it's why grown-ups use phraseology like, "agree to disagree".
Hebrews 2:14, "Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil"
The only way I can see this interpreted in a way that denies limited atonement is to assert that hell will be empty, which is ITSELF a heresy.
The Law of Non-contradiction is in play here! The Bible completely refutes the Reformed doctrine of 'Limited Atonement' as nothing but heresy!
Another question I have for the OP is: Do you think that Calvinists aren't saved?
And if so, do you think that shouting "heresy" is going to lead them into believing you teach truth? Because in reality it has the opposite effect. In general people aren't drawn to doctrines held by people who appear unstable and unhinged.
The Greek with the definite article and 'sin' in the singular in Romans 5:12 and John 1:29 is irrefutable!
Yep, I get it.... You can't possibly be wrong.
You're inerrant and infallible.
Yet I'm still convinced that the Bible teaches "limited atonement".