"Predestination is a Christian doctrine according to which a person's
ultimate destiny, whether it be salvation or damnation, is determined by God
alone prior to, and apart from, any worth or merit on the person's part. In
some cases, it is claimed that God only determines those to be saved; in
others, that he determines those to be saved and those to be condemned. The
latter teaching is called double predestination."
(William S Babcock,
This doctrine is also know as 'Election'. The saved are also termed the
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