If we are all incapable of true righteousness then a loving God would understand that the "sin of unbelieving" is the greatest one we need salvation from. Thus, the Atonement through Jesus would, by that love, apply to even atheists.<quoted text>
It isn't "who DOES He save..Its who he DID save..EVERYBODY..He came to save the world. ALL means ALL.:)
Otherwise, it is not forgiveness but a conditional purchase of one's "soul".
Love, even love for God, can not be bought (IMHO)... even by God.
Dang, You are making me think. <hugs>