Is Karma For Real?
Is karma a real thing? And is it Biblical? First off, let's start with what karma actually is. Here is the definition that Dictionary.com provides: "Hinduism, Buddhism. action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation: in Hinduism one of the means of reaching Brahman." Based off of this definition, it looks like karma is associated with other religions. And a quick search of the word, "karma" in the Holy Bible app produces zero search results. So, is karma a real thing? There are some Bible verses that give off karma vibes such as Proverbs 22:8, Galatians 6:7, and Luke 6:38. And we are often taught the golden rule as children to treat others the way that we want to be treated. However, as we navigate throughout life, we quickly learn that we are not always treated how we want to be treated. We also see that sometimes people do not get what is coming to them. And unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen to good people. Yet even God doesn't treat us the way our sins deserve (Psalm 103). All of this makes sowing and reaping very confusing concepts. We are being taught one thing, but seeing life play out totally different. And it's like a punch to the gut when we see people faring well in life who we think should be reaping the consequences of their bad behavior. Some people preserve their mental and spiritual health by holding onto the notion that folks will eventually be judged by God and have to deal with the consequences of their actions in eternity. However, this perception is also a tricky one being that God can forgive us for our sins if we confess them to him and repent. With all of this being said, where do we go from here? We go with what we know, and that is to live our lives the best way we know how. For the most part, we know what is right and what is wrong. Therefore, we should make the decision to do what is right even when it's hard. That doesn't mean we won't ever have bad days or make bad decisions though. We're all human and it happens sometimes. All we can do is learn from our mistakes and continue to push forward. There's no need to live in fear because of karma or consequences. However, that is easier said than done. Thus, we should also strive to take care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. and seek professional help when needed in order to live fulfilling lives. Because in this case, you really do get out what you put in.