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    Does predestination refer to the belief that God has already determined every action and thought we will ever commit, or does it refer to the belief that God has already determined who will be saved and go to Heaven? If it is the former, is there a term regarding the latter?

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    Originally posted by DnSn107 View Post
    Does predestination refer to the belief that God has already determined every action and thought we will ever commit, or does it refer to the belief that God has already determined who will be saved and go to Heaven? If it is the former, is there a term regarding the latter?
    It's false.


    Essentially, here's how I think about it

    God knows for a fact that tomorrow, you're going to go to the donut shop (this is an example), you're given the choice to have a chocolate donut, or a glazed, God knows that you are going to choose one of them. But because you have free will, God didn't plan for which one you'd take.
    God has a plan, but often times because of our free will, we alter the plan.
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      Originally posted by DnSn107 View Post
      Does predestination refer to the belief that God has already determined every action and thought we will ever commit, or does it refer to the belief that God has already determined who will be saved and go to Heaven? If it is the former, is there a term regarding the latter?
      Hello DnSn107, and welcome to the forum!

      Theological terms:

      Predestination in its broadest conception is the doctrine that because God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and completely sovereign, he "from all eternity did by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass." "In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will" (Ephesians 1:11).

      Regarding your second question, in Christian theology, election refers to God's choosing of individuals or peoples to be the objects of his grace or to otherwise fulfill his purposes. Most often God's election is associated with his choice of individuals unto salvation.

      Election and predestination are very similar concepts to the point that the terms can sometimes be used interchangeably. However, there is a difference in the emphasis of the two terms. Election primarily has in view God's sovereign selection, whereas predestination accents the purpose or goal of His election. Scripture clearly teaches both election and predestination; however, there are a variety of views as to who, when, why, and how God does so.

      God bless,
      William
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