Karma…we hear it everywhere these days. Social media is plagued by quotes about karma. We hear people wishing ‘karma’ on those who have hurt or betrayed them. Something negative happens to someone and it is said it is just karma. And then there is karma in the Christian circle – it has infiltrated the Church. Just the other day, I saw a Facebook post by someone professing to be a Christian with a quote by a New Age speaker – the quote was about karma. The idea seeps in quietly and subtly…
I recently came across this quote about Karma – maybe you’ve seen it, too:
When a Bird is alive… it eats Ants,
When the Bird is Dead… Ants eat the Bird!
Time & Circumstances can change at any time!
Don’t devalue or Hurt anyone in life.
You may be powerful today. But Remember,
Time is more powerful than you!!!
One tree makes a million match sticks…
but when time comes..
Only one match stick is needed… to burn million of trees!!
So be Good and do Good…!!!
I took some time to really reflect on this quote. I asked myself these questions:
Do I want to do ‘good’ to others just to avoid consequences of doing not-so-good?
And WHO determines if what I ‘do’ is good or bad?
What if I do something that I consider ‘good’ but someone else thinks is ‘bad’?
Have I cursed myself if I do something bad or say something hurtful to someone else?
Is there no redemption for what I have done? Or am I stuck with waiting for karma to repay me?
How hopeless is that?
Love Does Good
So, I went to my Bible to find some answers. To see if the gospel and karma can be reconciled. I found some truth in Romans 13:10.
What is the truth? LOVE. Not karma. LOVE does good. We choose to do our neighbor good out of our LOVE. Not out of fear that we will suffer negative consequences for our actions.
And then there is the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13. What is that about?
Basically, the first few verses say we can do all of the good in the world – never do anything wrong – but if we don’t have LOVE – well, all of those good works mean nothing at all. This totally flies in the face of the karma quote above.
Love does good, karma does not.
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Jesus is Love…Karma is not
The chapter continues on explaining what love is and what it is not. It is love that does the things described – not ‘good behavior’ or karma.
Just for a fun exercise, turn to that chapter in your Bible and read what love is. When you are done, reread it replacing the word ‘love’ with your own name. Were you able to make it through the passage without squirming? I can’t. Now, reread it again. This time, replace the word ‘love’ with the name of Jesus. WOW!! Jesus IS love!!
So, if Jesus is love, then doesn’t He completely take the place of karma? He is so much better than karma! So much better than some counterfeit ‘force’ from a false religion. Isn’t LOVE better than the uncertainty that comes with karma and its bogus creed? Isn’t redemption and forgiveness, restoration and mercy, grace and being washed clean so much better than wondering if you are going to be struck down by ‘karma’ at any given moment? Wondering when your wrongdoing will come back for its revenge? My Jesus and His promises are much superior!!
Isn’t redemption and forgiveness, restoration and mercy, grace and being washed clean so much better than wondering if you are going to be struck down by ‘karma’ at any given moment? Wondering when your wrongdoing will come back for its revenge? My Jesus and His promises are much superior!!
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Love Never Fails
I also wonder if the thought of karma encourages us to wish cruelty on others. From some of the phrases and quotes I’ve seen a lot focuses on waiting for someone to get their karma, waiting to see someone mess up their lives or make a mistake – and then celebrate that they have made a mistake and got what was coming to them.
How is this a picture of mercy and grace?
Is this how we would want God to treat us?
How many times have I failed my Saviour?
How many times have I messed up? Too many to count.
How would I want Him to respond? Laughing at me and telling me I got what I deserved? Or would I want Him to welcome me with open arms?
If this is how we would want our loving Saviour, who sacrificed His life for us, to treat us, should we not then do the same for others?
Love Never Fails
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What about you? What sounds better to you? Karma? Or a loving God who extends endless grace and mercy? Share your thoughts below.