The doctrine that all things occur according to programme. This doctrine should not be confused with that of foreordination, which means that all things are programmed, but does not affirm their occurrence, that being only an implication from other doctrines by which this is entailed. The difference is great enough to have deluged Christendom with ink, to say nothing of the gore. With the distinction of the two doctrines kept well in mind, and a reverent belief in both, one may hope to escape perdition if spared.
The purpose of Good from eternity respecting all events; especially, the preordination of men to everlasting happiness or misery. See Calvinism.
A dogma that denies free will, believing all experiences are foreordained by God with little or no chance of change.
This is a controversial doctrine promoted by John Calvin and other theologians. God has divided humanity into two groups: a small percentage of people who God will save and who will attain heaven. God has decided to not save a much larger group; they will spend eternity being tortured without mercy in Hell. Only after God chooses an individual can they understand and accept salvation.
The doctrine that all events of human lives, even one's eternal destiny, are determined beforehand by God; used in the Bible to refer to Christ (Acts 1, Rom. 8, etc.) and to those who are "in Christ" by means of his representation.
previous determination as if by destiny or fate
(theology) being determined in advance; especially the doctrine (usually associated with Calvin) that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity (including the final salvation of mankind)
The foreordination of all things by God, including the future bliss or sorrow of men
Predestination means that our destination is set in advance. Calvinists argue that predestination implies determinism; that is, that all things have been decided in advance and that we have no free will; we are like actors saying our lines in a play. Therefore, they argue that some people are predestined for eternal punishment. The rest of the historic Church argues that since it is not Godâ€(tm)s will for anyone to be lost (Matthew 18:14), all people are predestined to live with God in His glory. However, since they have free will, some may choose not to realize their destiny and end up in hell. They also note that if a personâ€(tm)s eternal fate was determined in the beginning, the Judgment took place on the first day, when in scripture it takes place on the last day.
Calvin's teaching (based on his interpretation of Romans 8: 28-30, Ephesians 1: 3-14, and 2 Timothy 1:9) that by God's decree some persons are guided to salvation, others to damnation; that God has called us not according to our works but according to His purpose and grace. (p. 470)
God's plan for human beings, which is fulfilled when they complete their portion of responsibility in obedience to Him.
According to Calvinist doctrine, the fact that God has already decided who will go to Heaven and who will go to Hell.
Presbyterian belief that everything that happens is Godâ€(tm)s will
To foreordain. The sovereign decision and decree of God to determine the destiny of all souls. God’s eternal selection of certain individuals for salvation (election).
God's determination in eternity of whom he was going to save (Ephesians 1:3-6). God did not choose some because they were better than others, but because of his grace according to his own purpose (2 Timothy 1:9). God, however, didn't predestine anyone to damnation. If someone is lost it is that person's own fault (Matthew 23:37).
Predestination is a religious concept, under which the relationship between the beginning of things and the destiny of things is discussed. Its religious nature distinguishes it from other ideas concerning determinism and free will, and related concepts. In particular, predestination concerns God's decision to create and to govern Creation, and the extent to which God's decisions determine ahead of time what the destiny of groups and individuals will be.
The Calvinist doctrine of predestination is sometimes referred to as "double predestination", usually in a disparaging way, to refer to the belief that God has not only appointed the eternal destiny of some to salvation (unconditional election), but by necessary inference, also the remainder to eternal damnation (reprobation). In other words, before the foundation of the world, God appointed his elect to eternal life, and condemned the rest to everlasting punishment.