Karma? Part 3 of 3

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(Continued from yesterday)

We now come to the first premise “A man is responsible for his own actions”. This is certainly consistent with the Bible. Besides Deut 24:6, 2 Kings 14:6 and 2 Chron 25:4 which we have already looked at, Jer 31:30 says, “Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge.” So in itself this premise is true. The problem, however, is that “all have sinned” (Rom 3:23a) and “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23a). So if everyone is responsible for his own sin, then all must die.

This is where one of the biggest difference between religion and Christianity occur. In all religions, man tries to please god and earn their way to heaven by keeping the law and doing good works. Under the law of karma there is no such thing as forgiveness. You do your time and you pay your fine, then you take another turn and try again. This is utter folly for whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it (James 2:10). It is impossible for man to keep the whole law, because inevitably he will stumble. So if karma were true, you will never get out of the endless cycle of rebirths. There will be endless futility.

Not so in Christianity. A man is responsible for his own actions and he can’t afford to pay the debt himself, but above him is a loving God who does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Pet 3:9). God sent his Son to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship (Ga 4:4-5). God paid our debts so that we can be forgiven, set free, and adopted into God’s family as children. This is grace that you don’t find in other religions.

So while superficially karma appears to be fair and attractive, it is in fact a wide gate and broad road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But the gospel is the small gate and narrow road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Mt 7:13-14). I pray that your spiritual eyes are open to enter through the narrow gate.

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