Karma in the bible. This post is a direct child of a previous article on this blog. The word “karma” in the Sanskrit translation means “fact.” The law of karma is the law of facts: you reap what you sow. “All will be condemned for their works, and for their works they will be justified” – everyone knows this scripture quote. The law of works, the law of cause and effect, is explained in the Bible.
The “Law of Karma” was invented by Hindu sages who tried to explain the reasons for people’s suffering. They decided that the cause of suffering was punishment for past life deeds.
Likewise, many people believe in fate or destiny. They think that each person, from conception to the last breath, lives according to a script written for him by God and He even knows in advance the day of everyone’s death. This is the belief of many who consider themselves Christians.
But does the Word of God support the teaching that each person’s life is governed by “the law of karma” or by destiny?
Created in the likeness of God, human beings are able to reflect his qualities such as love, justice, wisdom and strength. God also gave people free will or choice, and we ourselves can decide whether to follow God’s guidance or not.
These words would not make sense if God predetermined the life of each person in advance.
And how cruel and unfair it would be for God to foreorder our destiny even before we were born, and then demand that we be held accountable for our actions! God does not do this, because he “is love” and “all his ways are just” (that is, just). Freedom and predestination (karmos or destiny) are incompatible.
Also, we learn from the Bible that a person can influence his future.
Karma is a term coined by the Eastern religions; They consider that the intention of our actions will cause positive or negative consequences, in this or in one of our following lives. That is, the effect of karma may not be immediate, but at any moment we will be punished or rewarded for our merits.
But from the point of view of the Bible, this concept is not compatible with the Christian faith for a number of reasons. Suffering from calamities due to our bad actions is one of the theories that are not accepted by the Catholic Church; all people who show signs of repentance and faith towards God will be forgiven for their sins.
On the other hand, Christianity does not believe in an invisible force that maintains the order of existence. Only the will of God makes possible the origin of things, their fulfillment and permanence in this world. Therefore, by believing in transcendental energies such as karma and the law of attraction, we would be doubting the work of God.
As for reincarnation, karma states that we all enter an infinite circle of lives; the quality of each one will depend on our behavior in the previous one. But according to Hebrews 9:27, man dies only once and then will be subjected to a final judgment. That is, the possibility of reincarnation is impossible according to the Bible; Furthermore, after the final judgment we will not have second chances.
Now as you read the scriptures, you can pay close attention to everything related to the law of cause and effect and take note of it as a guide in your life.
If a person has 95% -100% karma, this means that he fully satisfies his ego’s desires and does not care at all about other people or the situation that develops around him. These people walk on the razor’s edge, because they can die in the next catastrophe, accident, epidemic, etc.
According to the circumstances of their lives, they will have to go to the place where tomorrow a tsunami, an earthquake will start, or the transport in which they will move (air, water, land – without difference) will break – this is how the law of cause and effect generated by these people for their destiny.
If a person has 0% karma, this means that she is holy, because she voluntarily got rid of her ego, like a moth-eaten rag and threw it away. In such a person there is not a single defect, only dignity. There are few saints.
A person who indulges in non-divine manifestations of him increases his karmic load.
Conclusion Karma in the bible
Belief in karma is incompatible with faith in a personal God, in the atoning sacrifice of Christ, in his intercession before the Father, in the forgiveness of sins. The concept of karma is an integral part of a worldview, diametrically opposed to the Christian one, a worldview, the elements of which cannot be reconciled with biblical theism.
To accept the concept of karma, one must consistently reject everything that constitutes the Good News, furthermore, no matter how terrible it sounds, reject Christ as our Redeemer and Advocate, as the One who has the power to forgive sins. And believing in Christ means rejecting belief in karma.