The word 'many' occurs a number of times in the Scriptures regarding the cross-work of Christ . Many folks here of the non-cal persuasion insist that the word 'all' means all ( i.e. that it means each and every ) . Despite ample evidence to the contrary many maintain that Calvinists twist the Scriptures to say what it does not really declare . Many non-Cals are duped into believing this nonsense in the name of being true 'biblicists' . However , it is they who are responsible for distorting what the Word of God proclaims many times . Isaiah 53:11 : ... for many to be counted righteous [ justified -- Rip ] Matthew 20:28 : ... to give his life as a ransome for many Matthew 26:28 : It [ His blood -- Rip ] is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many . Mark 10:45 : ... to give his life as a ransom for many . Mark 14:24 ... It [ His blood -- Rip ] is poured out as a sacrifice for many . Hebrews 2:10 : ... chose to bring many children into glory . Hebrews 9:28 : ... to take away the sins of many people . Hmm , I count seven times where 'many' is used . In none of those cases does it mean each and every . We know that the Bible does not contradict itself , so what do we do ? Most of the time ) with the exceptions of a Romans 3:23 , for example ) we need to compare Scripture with Scripture . The times where 'all' , 'everyone' and 'world' are used does not signify each and every person head for head who has , is , and will exist on earth . It is not the same as an absolute term . The word translated 'many' means numerous , but not all in the absolute sense . 'Many' means some of a group , just as the words 'all' , 'everyone' and 'world' do most of the time in the Bible . The purpose of Christ's mission was to save a certain sum of people -- all of the individuals of a group -- the Elect . Did God appoint a Savior without determining who exactly should indeed be saved ? A resounding NO .