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Election (Christianity)

Election in Christianity involves God choosing a particular person or group of people to a particular task or to relationship, especially eternal life.

Election to eternal life is viewed by some as conditional on a person's faith, and by others as unconditional.

In the Old Testament

The Old Testament applies the term "elect" to the Israelites in as far as they are called to be the chosen people, or people of God, or are faithful to their divine call. The idea of such an election is common in Deuteronomy and in Isaiah 40-66.[1]

In the New Testament

The New Testament transfers the meaning of the term from its connection with the people of Israel to the members of the Church of Christ, either militant on earth or triumphant in heaven.[1]

See also

References

  • LESÊTRE in Dict. de la Bible (Paris, 1899), II, 1708 sqq.; MURRAY, Dict. of the Bible (New York, 1900), I, 678 sqq.; KNABENBAUER, Evang. secundum Matthæum (Paris, 1893), II, 178, 247; MONSABRÉ Conférences de Notre-Dame (1899), Conference VI.
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