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Is Karma Applicable to Christians?

Updated on July 2, 2020
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Karma

What is karma? Karma is a repercussion of a person's action. Originally, Karma is a Hinduism and Buddhist belief whereby a person’s next life is determined by today’s actions. Karma does not imply suffering, but it's the fruits of our own deeds. The word karma is also popular in pop culture and has a different perspective. But how does karma and Christianity relate? Is karma also applicable to Christians.

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Karma and Christianity

Karma and Christianity are not an easy subject to discuss since it involves two different religions. There is a similarity between the two because the primary subject is actions. Christians believe that their actions are the ones which will determine heaven or hell. And Karma are the consequences of a person's actions.

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Biblical Relevance to Karma

In Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Basically, this verse has always been linked to karma. Sincerely sowing and reaping here does not imply to karma. The whole Galatians 6 shows that karma is not applicable to Christianity. When a person does evil thing and the world believes that he/she will pay for their actions. But the Bible teaches us that if you sow of flesh, then you will reap corruption, but if you sow to the Spirit, then you shall reap everlasting life.

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Clarification of Galatians Chapter 6

The Bible teaches us that if you sow of flesh, then you will reap corruption, but if you sow to the Spirit, then you shall reap everlasting life.

Everlasting life is what Jesus Christ brought to the world. So if a man is judged by their actions then it is wrong because it is only God who judges us and not the law of karma.

Why is Karma not encouraged?

Karma inspires people to do good for reincarnation, but the bible in Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Christians should not boast that they are doing good things for the sake of karma.

Karma is Not for Christians

To sum up, Christians should not be scared that the law of karma will befall them, but it should encourage them that through the death of Jesus Christ we have reaped eternal life. And to have eternal life we must show in our actions through the teachings of Christ. Hence Karma is not a Christian law, not applicable.

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    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am quite Christian based but I see karma like lighting wood on fire. You apply fire to dry wood and it burns. You apply bad intentions and actions and you will receive same long before death of body.

      Christian is not cause and effect. And yet sins will be revisited upon you.

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      Sutra 

      13 months ago

      Wow...they say Karma is a beach... I don't know the clarity behind this statement.

    • mercy kalama profile imageAUTHOR

      mercy kalama 

      13 months ago from nairobi

      Thanks Erick Dieker for your comment. Actually actions have consequences but there is a unique view in biblical aspect

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I guess I learned here that Karma is considered a law. I never thought of it like that. I thought it was simply a natural order of things. Whoever shall give love shall receive it sure sounds like karma to me.

      One who acts in love will receive that back in either tradition of man.

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      Caleb 

      13 months ago

      Awesome and well approched article..love it..

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