Is Karma a concept found in Christianity?

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Karma is a Buddhist and Hindu religious term. It conveys the idea that what one does in his life will determine the quality of life he will have after reincarnation (reborn into a new earthly body). If one is good, one will be rewarded by being reincarnated into a good life. However, if one is evil, he will be reincarnated into a not good life.

The Bible does not teach reincarnation; therefore, it does not support the idea of karma.

The Bible teaches that men live only one life and then the judgment “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). There is no endless cycle of life, death, rebirth nor is there a second chance as taught in the reincarnation belief. The afterlife is not a rebirth or a reincarnation into another body here on earth. It is either eternal death (Matthew 25:46) or eternal life in heaven with Jesus (John 3:16).

It is true that the Bible teaches the principle of reaping and sowing. Job 4:8 says, “As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.” Psalm 126:5 says, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” And Luke 12:24 says, “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Also, the apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 6:8-9, “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

According to the Bible, good deeds are not produced through human efforts, but rather they are the works of God’s Spirit in the lives of people. Jesus Offered Himself to save us from death. Thus, salvation is a free gift. We can’t earn salvation by any work we do. All our works are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). All we need to do is to accept Christ’s sacrifice, submit our will to His will, allow Him to change our lives and bring about good fruits of obedience to God by His grace (2 Timothy 1:9). Unlike Karma, in Christianity, Christ does His work in us (Ephesians 2:10). This is the good news of the gospel.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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