This article brought to mind all the people on Facebook that invoke Karma when someone gets away with something like crulity to an anamil or pedafility. I point out that it is not a Christian concept, rather it come from the Hindu religion. What Shirley MacLaine asked: “Were Holocaust victims paying for sins in past lives, and did ‘her friend’ Stephen Hawking bring his devastating disease on himself?” give me an opportunity to explain Karma to you.
People, like Shirley MacLaine. who believe in Karma believe that everything that happen to you, be it good, bad, or evil comes as a results of our past action as a result of the Law of Karma. Thus you station in life at birth was determined by your actions in your past life, this in India is the caste system, with the four primary castes being: Brahmin, the priests; Kshatriya, warriors and nobility; Vaisya, farmers, traders and artisans; and Shudra, tenant farmers and servants. Some people were born outside of (and below) the castes system. They were called “untouchables.”
To help anyone get out of the circumstance in which they were born was to add to their Karma Debt, forcing them to make a repeat trip in that caste in their next rebirth. Even to help someone stuck on the side of the road is to add to that person’s Karma Debt in which the Law of Karma will force them back into a worse situation to repay the debt.
I have heard it about my whole life long, “What goes around comes around”. Implying that you get what you deserve because of how you have treated others. This is not a Biblical concept in spite of the admonition that you will reap what you sow, and he who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind. For Galatians 6: 7-8 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” is not talking about being punished or reworded for you action while on earth, rather the consequences of after the flesh or the Spirit. And in Hosea Chapter 8:7 “For they sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it yields no grain. Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.” Is an admonition that if you walk the path of destruction you will be destroyed.
Sounds like Karma to you you say, well let me explain the difference With the concept of Karma as believed by its creators, the Hindus, Karma determines the life you live by the live you have lived. When you are born into the world you are born with a karma debt that places you in what ever circumstance you are born. From the Brahamins at on top to the Untouchables on the bottom. To believe in Karma is to believe that if you help the unfortunate you are adding to their karma debt and condemning them a larger karma debt to pay so the best thing you can do for then is to let them suffer and pay the debt. For it is only when the debt is paid that the soul can move to a higher plain of existences.
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