I have read many articles lately about Karma, and Buddhism and Hinduism has come into light also. One commentary even went so far as to say that there is a Christian group that is following all three, and in effect worshiping a god that is dead.
“There you will serve gods, the work of man’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.29“But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.…
They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
Karma means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering. Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in many schools of Asian religions. In these schools, karma in the present affects one’s future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives.
Now as a man is like this or like that,
according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be;
a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad;
he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds;
And here they say that a person consists of desires,
and as is his desire, so is his will;
and as is his will, so is his deed;
and whatever deed he does, that he will reap.— Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, 7th Century BCE
Karma in ancient India, is a key concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Taoism.
We know as Christians that every good gift comes from the Father. James 1:16-18 16Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. 18In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. We know that deeds will not get us eternal life. We don’t believe in re-incarnation. So why are Christians falling all over themselves to believe in this? Could it be celebrity status like Oprah, President Obama? We know that they both believe there is more than one way to heaven. We have reported heavily on “new age doctrine” and “humanism”.
John Dewey, is credited as having been instrumental in the writing of the ‘Humanist Manifesto’. This humanist view is being taught in our schools today, it started out subtle in the late 70’s early 80’s and now is full blown. Mann and Dewey both had hands in this. This has been adopted by the New Age proponents such as obama, oprah and others. And is now being taught freely in our schools and churches. What does the Humanist Manifest lll say about the Bible? Oh they have quite the belief about that. They (Humanists) are quoted on their web page as saying that they reject the saying that the Bible is the inerrant word of God. They say that the Bible was written by humans in “an ignorant, cruel and superstitious age.” They believe because the Bible was written in an “unenlightened” age, it contains many errors and harmful teachings. (more)
If it’s not in the Bible,it’s not true. The Bible is the in-errant word of God period. There is no enlightenment unless it comes from the word of God. I’m not saying that works or deeds is not important. But Faith and works go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other.
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Faith in Christ Jesus is the only way to heaven. John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
There is no other God, but God. None other but Jesus Christ, the Son of God. If your circle is caught in this tickling ear doctrine, run!
One last thing to leave you with. Re-incarnation is not Biblical! Here are just a few of the verses that clearly state this is not of God!
Hebrews 9:27 – And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Job 14:10-12 – But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where [is] he? [As] the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens [be] no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
Psalms 78:39 – For he remembered that they [were but] flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
2 Samuel 12:23 – But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
Job 14:14 – If a man die, shall he live [again]? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
Ecclesiastes 12:7 – Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Job 10:21 – Before I go [whence] I shall not return, [even] to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
Matthew 25:46 – And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Job 7:9-10 – [As] the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no [more].
So the answer to the question, is Karma Biblical and Ok for Christians to share, is NO, it’s not Biblical and leads others astray.
Credit to dictionary.com,Bible Hub, Wikipedia