"the blood of atonement can never, never reach!"

Christ crucified, c.1632
Public DomainChrist crucified, c.1632 - Credit: Diego Velázquez
One of the central tenets of Christian theology is that God sent his son Jesus to earth where his humiliation and crucifixion were to atone for the sins of humanity. For Calvinists, however, the saving power of his spilt blood only reached the elect; it did nothing to mitigate the sins of the damned.