from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of predestining or the condition of being predestined.
- n. Theology The doctrine that God has foreordained all things, especially that God has elected certain souls to eternal salvation.
- n. Theology The divine decree foreordaining all souls to either salvation or damnation.
- n. Theology The act of God foreordaining all things gone before and to come.
- n. Destiny; fate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The doctrine that everything has been foreordained by a God, especially that certain people have been elected for salvation, and sometimes also that others are destined for reprobation.
- n. Destiny or fate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of predestinating.
- n. The purpose of Good from eternity respecting all events; especially, the preordination of men to everlasting happiness or misery. See Calvinism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of predestinating, or the state of being predestinated; fate; specifically, in theology, the decree or purpose of God, by which he has from eternity immutably determined whatever comes to pass; in a more restricted sense, the decree by which men are destined to everlasting happiness or misery; in the most restricted sense, predestination to eternal life, or election (the correlative doctrine that God has predestined some to everlasting death is termed reprobation). See predestinate, v. t.
- n. Synonyms Foreordination, predetermination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (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)
- n. previous determination as if by destiny or fate
But even when man's supernatural end alone is taken into consideration, the term predestination is not always used by theologians in an unequivocal sense.
Some notice, on the other hand, must be devoted to providence and to the particular aspects of providence which we call predestination and reprobation; and with a brief treatment of these which are elsewhere fully treated this article will be concluded.
"reprobation", so that the term predestination is reserved for the
Protestants believe overwhelmingly in predestination, which equates to “i deserve this cadillac because i am a good person and god judged me deserving of a cadillac.”
Thus, predestination is the logical conclusion of timeless omniscience.
I thought you were a firm believer in predestination, David.
Here the doctrine of predestination is presented in its sublime and sacred aspect; there is a predestination of the holy, which is taught from one end of the Scriptures to the other; not, indeed, of such a nature that an "irresistible grace" compels the opposing will of man
The doctrine of eternal decrees and absolute predestination is strictly embraced by the Mahometans; and they struggle, with the common difficulties, how to reconcile the prescience of God with the freedom and responsibility of man; how to explain the permission of evil under the reign of infinite power and infinite goodness.
My parents’ Big Plan is called predestination, and this is what they do in times of crises.
Muslim rationalistic thinkers who called themselves "champions of God's unity and justice", and maintained that the notion of predestination of any sort would render God unjust.