I see several posts a week from folks who “fully believe in karma” in regards to something bad happening to someone they don’t like or someone who has done something bad.
First, that’s just bad luck, not karma. Karma is actually something much different than a person being punished for being a bad person in this life. Karma is actually the belief that 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. Karma is based on the theological belief in reincarnation. Here’s another kicker, karma is a theological concept found in the Buddhist and Hindu religions..
It’s not biblical, it’s not Christian – not even a little.. Most of the posts I see are from professing Christians, who just don’t know what they’re actually saying.
Hebrews 9:27 says, “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…”
This verse makes two points which, for Christians, negate the possibility of reincarnation and karma. First, it says that we are “destined to die once,” meaning that humans are only born physically once and only die once. There is no endless cycle of life and death and rebirth. Second, it says that after death we face judgment, meaning that there is no second chance, like there is in reincarnation and karma, to live a better life. You get one shot at life and living it according to God’s plan, and that’s it.
Now, for those who think it means that bad things happen to those who do bad things in the same lifespan – I’d say this.. Define bad.. Define evil..
In the eyes of God, all sin is evil and bad.. If you’ve ever told just one small lie, you’ve then yourself participated in enough evil to send Jesus to The Cross.. I know we have people in this world raping, murdering, killing children, hurting innocent people, and what we do is put their crimes and sin into levels – but God doesn’t do that..
Think about this.. If you’ve ever had an innocent family member hurt by someone else.. The anger and rage you felt as a result is just as bad of a sin in the sight of a Holy God as is the act the person committed against your family member. So your sin is just as responsible for the shedding of innocent blood and the death of Jesus as was the sin we all call horrible and unforgivable.
My point is this – before we begin to holler out karma for people who do bad things, let’s first understand that if it were true, karma that is, we would be just as subject to it as the people we’re condemning to it.
Instead, as Christians, let’s pray that no one who performs evil will have to truly pay the cost they actually owe for their sin.. We should be praying they come to know The Lord and He saves them from the true, biblical judgement that’s coming – which is His wrath and an eternity separated from Him in hell. Let’s be broken for the lost, not hoping they get what “they deserve.” None of us truly want what we deserve from God.