“Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of GOD. What a person plants, he will harvest.” Galatians 6:7 The Message Bible
To all those who think karma is kool, I have a bit of a different perspective. It’s possible you might be misusing the term? Ergo the purpose of this post, Karma MisKonception! Unless you also believe in reincarnation, you can’t seriously believe in karma because the two are inseparable. Carelessly using it for fun may not be a great idea. Read on. . .
Karma has two main definitions, one formal and one informal;
First the formal definition according to the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism is the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. Thus reincarnation is paramount to basic karma. Reincarnation basically rewards us according to deeds from our past life. You could possibly graduate from a flea to a mouse in this system, read with a tinge of sarcasm please.
The informal definition is destiny or fate which is the development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power. Simply put, a supernatural power beyond ourselves decides our future and I would have to agree with that only to a point.
There is a definite law governing our universe concerning our actions. Some choose to call this karma but karma gives the impression that the individual has no control whatsoever in life. I prefer to give credit to God’s principle of reaping and sowing from the opening verse in Galatians. Because if it is simply karma, fate or destiny controlling us, we can absolve ourselves from any accountability. Many in the modern world gladly choose this belief system as an excuse for poor decisions or laziness to make no decision which in essence is a decision!
The truth is there are two things we can control; our attitudes and our choices. Our great GOD of the Bible did not create robots. HE gave us a free will to use the magnificent minds HE created in us to make our own choices. HE did not choose to control our destinies although HE could have. HE preferred to give us freedom of choice even though HE knew some of our choices may turn out to be painful for us. Ultimately, painful for HIM as well because of HIS deep love for us. In Joshua 24:15a HE speaks to HIS people Israel through Joshua, “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship GOD, then choose a god you’d rather serve—– and do it today.” The Message Bible
HE doesn’t want forced love or worship. HE just invites us to get to know HIM as HE reveals Himself in the Bible and HE desires that we choose Him but the actual choice remains ours. HE risks losing our love and worship to lesser things because HE loves us so much HE wanted us to have that freedom to choose.
Also, Our great GOD offers rewards so much better than reincarnation! Plus because of grace there will be no punishment for His children, only rewards. Read I Corinthians 3:12-15 for example.
We won’t be coming back to another life as a detestable rat or any mere animal, but reigning princes and princesses in HIS kingdom. Romans 8:16&17a Because we are HIS children we are joint heirs with Jesus. WE will reign with our Lord according to our faithfulness to HIM in our earthly lives. We will live in HIS presence and be given various crowns of glory. (II Timothy 4:8, Revelation 2:10 etc.)
I Peter 5:4 “And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.” New Living translation
According to the Urban Dictionary, karma is the Buddhist belief that whatever you do comes back to you, e.g., if you do something good, something good will happen to you and vice versa. This is taking God’s principle of reaping/harvesting what you sow/plant from Galatians 6:7 and renaming it as karma. Buddhists and Hindus may do this if they choose but I don’t want to give any of GOD’s glory away so I personally refuse to use the term karma except in this post.:) Just seems dishonorable to my Lord. Read over this passage from Galatians 6:8-10 several times in different versions and let me know what you think concerning karma, which by the way doesn’t leave any room for grace!
May we FLURISH in our attitudes about doing good things for others because HE has done so much for us. May we also FLURISH because we make good choices that result in rewards here because of the law of reaping and sowing and in heaven because He promises eternal rewards.
“Remember this—-a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give.”
II Corinthians 9:6-7a New Living translation
Revelation 22:12 “LOOK, I AM coming soon bringing My reward with Me to repay all people according to their deeds.”
FLURISH in doing good for His glory and your future!