I have a little issue with people throwing the word "karma" around, and a bigger issue when believers in Christ use this term. However, lets shine a light on what karma is and how it works.
Definition of Karma
Karma mostly comes from the Eastern world beliefs. You can find this term in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. "Karma is regarded as a fundamental law of nature that is automatic and mechanical. It is not something that is imposed by God or a god as a system of punishment or reward, nor something that the gods can interfere with.(1)"
Where does Karma come from?
"The word karma refers primarily to "bad karma" - that which is accumulated as a result of wrong actions. Bad karma binds a person's soul (atman) to the cycle of rebirth (samsara) and leads to misfortune in this life and poor conditions in the next. The moral energy of a particular moral act bears fruit automatically in the next life, manifested in one's class, disposition, and character. (1)"
Law of Karma
"The concept of karma or "law of karma" is the broader principle that all of life is governed by a system of cause and effect, action and reaction, in which one's deeds have corresponding effects on the future. Karma is thus a way of explaining evil and misfortune in the world, even for those who do not appear to deserve it - their misfortune must be due to wrong actions in their previous life. (1)"
Break Down Time!
So let us break this down a little more. we will start with the second paragraph. This paragraph states that karma is regarded a law of nature that is not controlled or interfered with by a God or gods. So here we have a unknown power source that defies the power of God and can do what it wishes to people. So in essence God has no control of this. It answers to no one and if you do bad things then you will have bad things happen to you.
Third paragraph can be broken down as like many times repeated if you do bad, bad things will happen. Likewise, if you do good then good things will come to you. the bad and good effects will come to you either in this life or the next one to come. Karma also binds a soul to the next life, almost like an endless trap.
Forth paragraph states that, the law of karma works as a cause and effect or action and reaction system. It explains that this is why bad things happen to people that may not have done bad because of actions they committed in their previous life. So now we have to deal with reincarnation. "According to Hinduism, a being has to live many lives and under go many experiences before it attains perfection and becomes one with the Divine. A soul reincarnates again and again on earth until it becomes perfect and reunites with it Source. (2)" So in this belief in reincarnation you technically don't need a God or gods. The soul just keeps coming back and until it finally reaches perfection, on its own. So in this belief you don't need Christ or what He did. His perfect life and death means nothing because you will keep coming back until your as perfect as Christ. Let me inform you there is no way you will ever become perfect. The Bible states that even when living under the law of the Old Testament we could not abide to all the rules. So you would be stuck in an endless cycle.
The Karma Mindset
This is why I have a problem with this mindset. You are saying that if you have done something bad and I mean it does not matter how little of a bad things it was a bad things will happen to you. Which is speaking curses on someone life. The danger about doing this is that when you speak curses over a child of God then you are speaking those curses on you. Galatians 3:7-9, and verse 29 states that that if you have faith in what Christ did for us, that He dies on the cross for our sins, and arose again to give us a life, then You are a child of Abraham as well. And if you rely on that faith then being a child of Abraham you get to inherit the blessing of Abraham.
So what is the blessings of Abraham?
Genesis 12:2-3 states the following:
2) "I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3) I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you"
As you can see here in verse 3 that whoever curses a believer God will curse you. Lets face it we all make mistakes and believers are no different. Lets say you just blurt out that karma will get back to you because they offend you in some way. The problem with this is that you are cursing a child of faith. and if they are a child of faith they are an heir of the blessing of Abraham. As you can see if you curse an heir of Abraham you are sending curses right back you way.
Guard Your Tongue
We must be careful about the words that we say and speak over the lives of those around us. Proverbs 18:21 states that "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." What fruit do you want to eat from? When you speak karma on someone life you are coming in agreement with this belief. Whether you know what you are saying or not. You are denouncing the death of Christ, you are also saying that this power of nature is stronger than the power of God and the cross. That God is not a good God and doesn't want to bless his people. And most importantly all that He did for each and everyone of us at the cross is not strong enough to cover the sins that people have committed that the healing power of the Calvary isn't valid. That you would rather live a life of curses on yourself.
You can see how important it is to watch what you are saying and what you are coming in agreement with. most individuals don't know the secret hidden behind the term karma but yet use it as if they do. I for one would love to see us break this cycle of curses on the lives of those we encounter and our self, and live in the over abundant blessing that Papa Yahweh has for us all.
Be blessed and we will see you back next time,