I was asked if I believe in Karma and I said no because that's part of an Eastern Religion. I asked him to tell me what he thought it was and he said "well if you are good to people good things will happen to you, and if you do bad things it will come back to you". I did my best to explain a little of what the Bible says but I didn't have enough time. I know there are several places in the Bible that would help them understand what God says.
Karma is a theological concept found in the Buddhist and Hindu religions. It is the idea that how you live your life will determine the quality of life you will have after reincarnation. If you are unselfish, kind, and holy during this lifetime, you will be rewarded by being reincarnated (reborn into a new earthly body) into a pleasant life. However, if you live a life of selfishness and evil, you will be reincarnated into a less-than-pleasant lifestyle. In other words, you reap in the next life what you sow in this one. Karma is based on the theological belief in reincarnation. The Bible rejects the idea of reincarnation; therefore, it does not support the idea of karma.
Christians do believe in the concept of sowing and reaping. Job 4:8 says, "As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it." Psalm 126:5 says, "Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy." Luke 12:24 says, "Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!".
The important difference here is the understanding of afterlife. Karma is based on the belief of what you do today will determine what you become in the next life. We believe in the concept of sowing and reaping which is about the blessings that God will bring into your life based on following the principles that He has given us to follow. Another notable difference is that that with the belief in Karma every single action has an equal action whereas with sowing & reaping what you continually sow you will continually reap. So one bad action doesn't mean that you should be waiting for an equally bad action to take place in your life and the same goes for good actions.
Published on Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 5:32 PM CDT