Does Karma exist in Christianity

We are all quite knowledgeable of the word ‘Karma’ aren’t we? It originates from a Hindu belief and it’s philosophy connotes that for everything you do, there is a direct, balanced consequence which will take place some time in your life. What does the Bible say about it? Does Karma exist in Christianity?

Is there such a thing as Karma in the Bible?

Is there such a thing as Karma in the Bible?

God is an angry God as my previous entry has pointed out. He judges us for what our hearts contain. But He is also a loving God and He forgives us of our sins through the death of His son Jesus Christ on the cross. So where am I getting at?

When you forgive someone it means you know that the person has offended you and yet you do not count your will or desire to get even with him or her. God said that when He forgives us, He forgets our iniquities which means that He does not count it against us anymore. When something bad happens to us, we sometimes tend to think that God is punishing us for something wrong we’ve done before. And it’s normal right? We were brought up with the concept of Karma in our minds that we think it’s God’s punishment whenever something bad happens in our lives.

What’s the truth behind it? Is this ‘punishment’ or ‘Karma’ real? Is it in line with the Bible?

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

So what does this verse mean? It means that God has put it all away. Meaning if something bad happens in your life it’s not because of something wrong you’ve done in the past. It has nothing to do with it because God has forgiven you when you asked Him and confessed your sins to Him.

‘Karma’ and ‘punishment’ is not what we think it is – it is God’s discipline to us not because of anything we’ve done wrong but because He loves us too much to let us stay just the way we are. Troubles, problems and trials in life happens because that’s when we depend on God the most. It is God’s way of disciplining us to mold us to become more like Christ.

C.S. Lewis once said that “pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world” it’s the same as trials in our lives is God’s discipline to our character. Don’t think of it as punishment or as a sort of ‘Karma’ Every trial and burden and pain happens for a reason -  because God let it. And His purpose is to mold you to become more like Him in order for you to glorify Him by living a light that shows His character to other people.

Comments

  1. cheychoy says

    bro, i'd also like to point out about reaping what we sow. this is the reason why we get certain circumstances, they are the consequences of our unwise decisions and actions.

    Proverbs 11:18
    The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

    Proverbs 22:8
    He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.

    We surely need His wisdom and grace to understand Him. :D If you'll read chapter 12 of Jeremiah where God is speaking to his prophet, declaring against his inheritance. And take not of the verses 14 to 17 wherein God shows his character, about what he wanted from us all along. He wants us to turn away from our evil ways and remain in Him.

    Bonus Readings: Galatians 6:1-10, John 6:25-53, John 15:1-17

    To Him all the highest glory, honor and praise forever!

  2. Evie says

    when i read your article, it touched my heart. some things i had doubts about, you helped clarify for me. But i still dont understand why i am suffering in my heart, i used to believe that i might have done something bad in the past for wish i am paying. I tried to remember what i did wrong so i could beg for forgiveness but i couldnt find anything since i have deceived anyone. I was never truly loved by any man, all my relationships were failures, i have been cheated on, deceived, lied to. I forgave my boyfriend because i love him and i want to marry him. I always worked hard to make him happy, but he never tried the same for me. So now, i am feeling like maybe God never meant for me to find love, maybe its my destiny to be hurt, unwanted and unloved. How can i even get married if i cant find someone who loves me enough to care about me? on the other hand, women who dont pray, who dont even thank God for the good things they have in life, women who cheat and deceive, and promiscuous happen to get decent men, who would sacrifice anything to be with those woman. I begged for forgiveness if there is anything i did, because i thought it was "karma" .

  3. Evie says

    (continued) from above…..
    so maybe as you said he is trying to mold me and teach me about him. So all i ask, is to you all, please pray for me, please pray so that i dont suffer mentally and emotionally anymore. the pain is so much i considered suicide so many times but stopped because im christian, Please pray for me, the greatest gift and priceless gift you could ever give someone is prayer, so please pray for me so that i stop suffering and that God brings to me the one who is meant for me. I will pray for you and may God also assist you in your times of need, and may he be next to you when you feel alone, and the problems to heavy to bear

    • Sean says

      Hey Evie
      I will pray for you. So glad to know that you're looking to God in all of the happenings in your life. I would like to get in touch with you if it is alright with you. You can add me up in facebook – h3sean (at) yahoo (dot) com

      I will definitely pray for you Evie. My advice for you: Read the Bible more, pray, and seek help from your local church. Talk to your pastor. You can also talk to me. I am here to listen and to pray for you and give you my advice and thoughts in the things you are going through.

      Hope to get to know you more Evie.

      • Miles says

        That breaks my heart to hear how terrible other guys can be. Just remember we all go through tough trials in life and that Jesus went through and experience every bit of your hurt pain and shame when he was in the garden talking to God before he headed to the cross. That’s what I think about when I struggle with why I’m so weak and have muscular dystrophy. And remember your beautiful.

    • lee says

      Hey Evie, I am going though the same thing as well. My ex has hurt me in many ways then one, he cheated, lied, kept breaking up with me…made me believe it was all my fault….he also mentally abused me and took my whole heart. I did nothing but take him back and tried to make him happy and did this and that for him. After our break up he came back but I found out that he was with another girl and in those 36 days he made this girl fall in love with him and he cheated on her with me if I knew that he was with this girl and the seriousness behind it I would have never tried getting back. In reality he wasn't happy with himself and he never loved me like I loved him or did what I did for him. He really doesn't know love. I really believe that we were not the ones that needed to be more like Christ that we were sent to them to show them what LOVE really is because they are the ones who need to be more like Christ because if that were the case we would have a happy relationship. I also believe God really has someone better for us. Keep your head up. and have faith. Keep u in my prayers

      • h3sean says

        Hey Lee
        My heart goes out to you. I have no idea how it feels to be in your situation but I do know that God's Word says He makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

        There is none exempt who is called to be more like Christ. Since we know Him, we ought to follow Him.

        Keep on trusting in Him 100% without any room for doubt. Don't worry, I'm also on that road of Faith to trust Him completely.

        My prayers go out to you

      • h3sean says

        Hey Lee
        My heart goes out to you. I have no idea how it feels to be in your situation but I do know that God's Word says He makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

        There is none exempt who is called to be more like Christ. Since we know Him, we ought to follow Him.

        Keep on trusting in Him 100% without any room for doubt. Don't worry, I'm also on that road of Faith to trust Him completely.

        My prayers go out to you

  4. Charles says

    Hey Sean Brother -

    Love the work that you do and the message of love that you send across. God bless you and all that you do. Truth is an edict that cannot be explained; nor can anyone argue about it, let alone fight about it. The truth is out there.

    The Almighty is One for all of us. We all get hurt and pain is universal. Part of the truth is we all share the same planet; the same air that we breathe; the waters that we share etc. So what does religion has to do with Salvation?

    Love and blessings from my heart,
    Charles

    • Sean says

      Hey Charles,

      There is only one way, one truth and one life and that is found in Jesus Christ. Salvation can only be attained through believing in Him as our personal Lord and Savior. Some people say that they believe in Him but it doesn’t manifest in their lives – they still live the worldly lives that they so desire.

  5. Andrea says

    I also want to add that “karma” is antichrist and it speaks to reincarnation and spirits of ancestry which is nothing more than familiar spirits ( demons).

    karma says if you do good, then you will have good in return and continue a cycle of reincarnation being reborn in another form or familiar spirit.

    There is none good but the Father God (mark 10:18) God said in Deut 30:19 I call heaven and earth as a witness against you that I give you a choice life or death blessing and a curse but choose life. He says if you choose life then you are blessed. Choosing life can only be done one way, Christ. john 14:6 I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by Me. No man can enter heaven unless he chooses Christ as his/her Lord and personal Savior. Selah and Amen : )

    Good article

    • Kathy says

      Hi Andrea,
      Jesus clearly identifies John The Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah the Prophet.
      (Matt. 11: 13-14) (Matt. 17: 10-13) Later in Matthew’s gospel Jesus reiterates it !!!

  6. Eden says

    Not sure about “karma” as a name for it, but we DO reap what we sow. Some trials/bad situations are sent to those who have seemingly done no wrong. It is a opportunity for God to develop your fruit. You cannot develop long suffering without enduring a trial. You cannot develop patience without having to wait. It’s not always a consequence.
    As far as the relationships, is that man you are loving showing the love of God? There is something about being unequally yoked. God’s best WILL carry HIS spirit when HE sends him. We are only treated the way we allow people to treat us. If you want a FAITHFUL and LOVING husband, refuse those whose actions prove them to be otherwise. Break-ups hurt, but the best is well worth the wait.

  7. clarification says

    Hmm… So many people seem to misunderstand Karma…. It’s not about punishment for past actions. Just for reference, “Karma” simply means “action”. Instead of thinking of it like a mechanism for retribution/rewards (I.E. an eye for an eye), think of it as “conditioned behavior”. Performing an action sets up the conditioning for performing the same action… which further establishes the conditioning to continue performing the same action, so on and so forth. A criminal who commits a crime, isn’t caught, and doesn’t regret his action is more likely to commit another crime, etc. These negative actions can cause suffering in various forms. Criminals have to be careful not to get caught. The more crimes they commit the more stressed they become from avoiding the law. Or maybe they don’t watch their backs and end up getting arrested and put in jail.Or maybe being a criminal leads them to associate with other criminals who then commit crimes against them, etc. In a sense, it is basically reaping what you sow. Hope this is helpful.

    • Miles says

      I respect and appreciate your view, the problem I have with Karma is that being a Christ follower karma doesn’t leave Christ in control. Karma paves the way for reincarnation and leaves out God’s mercy the bible says in James 3:17 “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”(also if one believes in reincarnation what happens when the sun destroys the earth and there is nowhere to go to be reincarnated to).

  8. Joshua Tilghman says

    Thanks for this post! I appreciate you bringing up this topic, but there are a few misconceptions held by many Christians. First of all, you’re right: karma does not exist in traditional Christianity, but it is clearly taught in the Bible. Reaping what you sow is Jesus’ way of teaching karma.

    You stated: “‘Karma’ and ‘punishment’ is not what we think it is – it is God’s discipline to us not because of anything we’ve done wrong but because He loves us too much to let us stay just the way we are.”

    Yes, in a sense this is true. Karma is not a punishment dealt out by an external God. It is not the discipline of an external God either. However, when we do not resist what life presents us ( which the ego does naturally) we can grow spiritually from our experiences, or Karma.

    Even reincarnation was accepted by most Christians before the emperor Justinian made laws to erase it from Christian belief. The very fact that Justinian had it removed proves it was a widespread problem in his eyes. Did Jesus teach reincarnation? Clearly. He told his disciples that if they could believe it, John the Baptist was Elijah that was to come. A lot of Christians counter this scriptural argument by the fact the scripture also says that John came “in the spirit and power of Elijah.” However, what they fail to understand is, that IS reincarnation.

    It is institutionalized Christianity that has removed spiritual truths from the teachings of the Biblical authors. We would do well to study history a little more.

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