Karma isn’t a word that you’ll find in the text of the Bible. This is due to it originating in the Far East where Hinduism and Buddhism developed and grew.
In Buddhism and Hinduism, karma has a similar meaning. You can sum it up by saying your choices in this life, will affect who you are in the next one. In other words, if I’m a good person making the right choices, I will become something better in my next life. Now if I’m evil and do horrible things, I’ll move down the scale and become something worse. I see bugs as one of the lowest things we can be, but that might just be meetups and my ignorance.
Eventually, the hope is that I’ll learn my lesson and become good. Once I do that, I will slowly move towards the finality of those religions. I’m not 100% sure what that is. (I’d like to do more research before I try to post about this, as I’m unfamiliar with them)
However, while the term karma isn’t in the Bible, the concept isn’t a foreign one. It’s titled differently and has different consequences for the future, but the basic premise is the same.
Where Is Karma In the Bible?
Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.Hebrews 9:27
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.James 3:18
The Trouble they cause recoils on them, their violence comes down on their own heads.Psalm 7:16
In Christianity we have a strong belief of you will reap what you sow. This differs from other beliefs in that we might face judgment in this life, but for sure we will face it in the afterlife.
In its essence, we as people will reap what we sow, below are a lot more verses (and there are more than that). Which states the very same concept. We are given this life, and God has given us guidelines to follow. If we stray from these guidelines (and we all do) we will be judged.
However, when you look at who Jesus is and study why he came to earth a little over 2000 years ago. You’ll realize that he took our judgment and our punishment. We sinned and made bad choices. So he came to free us from certain destruction, and restore our relationship with him.
In essence, Karma is one of the curses we couldn’t break free of. So the creator of the universe came and did it for us. (sin & death are cursed too)
More Bible Verse About Karma In The Bibles
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it;Proverbs 26:27
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
The trouble they cause recoils on them;Psalm 7:16
their violence comes down on their own heads.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.John 3:36
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.Matthew 7:12
Whoever seeks good finds favor,Proverbs 11:27
but evil comes to one who searches for it.
Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”Matthew 25:46
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.Galatians 6:7 (Almost The Exact Definition Of Karma)
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.Galatians 6:9-10
In America, We have a belief about reincarnation that doesn’t jive with other religions. Reincarnation in other cultures is a bad thing because you’re trying to move towards nothingness. If you come back, it means you messed up.
However, in America, there’s a prevalent belief that it’s a good thing. maybe that’s due to unhappiness with how life is?
Karma In the Bible; Biblical Truth:
The Bible is very clear that we reap what we sow, and God judges everyone. It’s also very clear that we have one life, as it’s appointed for man to die once. After that, he faces judgment (this is for women too).
That means there are two similar thought processes to doing well here. While karma is focused on doing good to move upward on the social scale. Reaping what you sow is focused on following God and doing what he’s called us to do.
I find the similarities fascinating, however, being trapped in a loop of constant rebirth isn’t appealing to me.
You Reap What You Sow
In Conclusion, there is a biblical truth here hidden in plain sight. Whatever you do, God will see it. Good, Bad, Complacent whatever, and you will reap the consequences of that reward. In this life or the next.
It kinda makes you wanna refocus, doesn’t it?
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