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godsgrace22
Nov 15th 2008, 10:38 PM
Is the hinduism concept of "Karma" unbiblical?

If you lie and cheat now,it will come back to you later.

Pilgrimtozion
Nov 15th 2008, 11:00 PM
Is the hinduism concept of "Karma" unbiblical?

If you lie and cheat now,it will come back to you later.
In short: most definitely. Karma is based on the principle that what goes around, comes around: your good deeds stack up on one side and your bad deeds on the other. The more the scale tips over to the good side, the better off you are. Though this sounds interesting when not considered any further, a closer look reveals the unbiblical nature of the concept of karma.

The first wrong turn that karma makes is that it assumes the goodness of man. One can only build up a reserve of good deeds if man himself is intrinsically good. Karma teaches that if you only try hard enough, you can work your way to complete spiritual perfection. This teaching is diametrically opposed to the Biblical concept that man is intrinsically evil - all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We cannot reach perfection on our own - we need Jesus. If karma were the way to go, Jesus would have never needed to die on the cross and rise on the third day.

Another thought to be considered is karma's notion that our salvation is dependent on our deeds. If you only do enough good things, you'll move up on the spiritual ladder! Doesn't the Bible teach that sin is sin and separates us from God? No matter how many good things you do, God tells us that this one sin will still separate you from Him and require you to find salvation through Jesus Christ! No amount of good works will ever be able to buy our salvation or even spiritual progress. We are completely dependent on the grace of Jesus Christ to change, transform, and save us! Without Him, there is nothing we can do to bring ourselves closer to salvation.

In short: yes, the concept of karma is very unbiblical.

Edit: Let me just add that the Biblical idea of forgiveness means our sins are wiped away and forgotten, an idea that karma is not familiar with. The past is done away with and covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. Yes, our actions still have consequences sometimes - but those consequences will not be spiritual if we only come to the cross and repent.

unkerns
Nov 16th 2008, 11:51 PM
it is true that what goes around comes around as the bible say you reap what you sow, but karma also involves reincarnation into another being when you die which is not true.

UGcatcher2
Nov 26th 2008, 07:41 AM
Karma in a whole goes into some crazy weird stuff.

But going with what goes around comes around the bible says you reap what you sow. I dont think you should base your life on that though

turtledove
Nov 26th 2008, 01:12 PM
Moving this to bible chat.

FaithfulSheep
Nov 26th 2008, 02:40 PM
From wikipedia


Through the law of karma, the effects of all deeds actively create past, present, and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one's own life, and the pain and joy it brings to him/her and others. The results or 'fruits' of actions are called karma-phala. In religions that incorporate reincarnation, karma extends through one's present life and all past and future lives as well.

From this top bolded emphasis (mine) I would say it is definitely un-Biblical. Our deeds are not what get us entry to Heaven. We are saved by grace through faith, not of ourselves or by our own good works.

I'm not even going to discuss the bottom part I put in bold. That is obviously against our Christian beliefs.

turtledove
Nov 26th 2008, 05:16 PM
Anything hinting of the belief in Reincarnation is not scriptural and it can not be acceptable Christian belief.


Hebrews 9:27 KJV (http://www.tnivbible.com/bible/passagesearch.php?passage_request=Hebrews 9:27&kjv=yes)
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: