Karma is an East Indian expression which suggest that all your thoughts, words and actions from one stage of existence determine the quality of your life in the next stage of existence.
There are various levels of the interpretation of karma. For example, some people limit its interpretation to this present life while others believe karma transcends into other lifetimes, making a case for reincarnation.
Although the teaching of karma stems mostly from eastern religions, many people of the western world has adopted the theory – at least at some level. In essence, karma teaches that every good deed you perform will bring about a good reward in your life and every evil deed you perform will bring about an evil reward.
But What Does the Bible Say About Karma?
There are many stories and scriptures in the bible which authenticate the teaching of karma. For example, Jesus tells us “whoever lives by the sword will die by the sword.”
In the book of Galatians, we are told “God is not mocked, but as a man sows, so shall he reap.” In the old testament story, David is punished severely for deliberately causing the death of Bathsheba’s husband, even though he was “God’s favorite”.
There are many other instances in the bible which support the law of Karma. Nevertheless, we as Christians know that we cannot adhere to a straight and righteous path unless Jesus comes into our lives; because we often can’t figure what is right or wrong on our own. It is for this reason that we need the gift of the Holy Spirit.
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