Karma vs. Gospel – Pastor Matt

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Karma vs. Gospel – Pastor Matt

Recently I read this interesting article by a rock star who is a Christian. I was surprised at his articulation of his faith. He was discussing the difference between Christianity and the idea of Karma. Karma is another way of saying, “good actions proceed blessings” or “bad actions proceed difficulty” . I hear people throw around that word—karma. It isn’t that rare to hear someone in the church use it to describe a situation.

What people don’t realize is that karma it is an idea that is opposite to the cross. Karma is a philosophy that determines our future. The logic goes like this: if you do good things, good things will come to you necessarily. Or, if you do bad things, bad things will come to you necessarily. In other words, once a good/bad action is done, one cannot escape the good/bad action on the original doer.

Karma could not be more opposed to Jesus and his message. In Matthew 7, Jesus says to “do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” What Jesus is saying is that we treat others the way we want to be treated because that is what he demands of us. We do not do good to others so that we will be rewarded with good things, we do good to others because we have received the ultimate good and that is heaven through God’s grace.

Karma is an idea that is based on what we do. Christianity says that we cannot hope to earn salvation, but it is given freely through the death and resurrection of Christ.

1 Comment

  1. This is a good word. I have been contemplating this very issue lately. It seems that you hear karma much more in the last few years.

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