Karma

Karma

Karma is a popular word in our culture. There is disagreement about what it exactly is or means. Here in the west we like to make things pretty and easy on the eyes and the brain. We do not like things harsh so we try to make it compatible with what we believe.

Let us take a good look at its definition, consequences, and is it compatible with Christ.

Karma is a Hindu and Buddhist belief or doctrine. It is the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existence. In the west we like to think of it as destiny or fate following as the effect from causes. Some think Karman as you do good, you receive good. You do bad you receive bad.

One of the major consequences of Karma is the lack of charity or helping others. Karma decides your fate. If you have a bad lot in life that is your Karma. If you are poor that is your Karma. If you are poor and I give you money then I go against Karma

Is Karma compatible with Christ and Christianity ?

New King James Version Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment." Very simple, there is no reincarnation in Christianity. One of the main components of Karma is reincarnation. That should be enough to show that it is not compatible with the Lord - end of story.

Man on the other hand tries very hard to get around God's word so they quote Gal. 6:7 but not verse 8. Let's look at that. New King James Version Galatians 6:7&8 "7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." The claim is verse 7 supports Karma, but we have to look at context. Verse 8 completes the picture. This speaks to our life in Christ. It speaks to everlasting life. If there is no reincarnation and we are judged in this life about our faithfulness to God, then it speaks about heaven and hell. Are we in Christ or outside of Christ?

A large part of Christianity is work to spread the Gospel and to help others. In this the Lord God defines what religion is and He defines it as New King James Version James 1:27 "Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." Helping the poor and the helpless is mandatory. It is a command and the commands of God are not "burdensome".

From this short article we can see what Karma is, it's consequences and contradictions . We also see it is not in any way, shape, or form compatible with what the Lord taught.

From the road and in Christ ,

wally




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