Free From Karma
Psalm 103:10 “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”
Do you want to be free from karma? No I don’t mean free from bad karma, I mean free from “karma” full stop. Because you can be, because karma is a lie, and a lie of the devil meant to keep you from the freedom that is found in Christ Jesus, and him alone.
Karma does not exist at all. You know that “karma” only exists in the minds of those that are enslaved by it? Karma is a philosophy of man, sinful, finite man… it does not exist.
So why be a slave to something that doesn’t even exist? If you believe in good karma and bad karma, and you’ve spent your whole life trying to earn, build up, maintain, “bank” and keep good karma… well God’s word is given to us… to you… to free us from this lie that holds hundreds of millions of people in bondage to Satan.
The “closest thing” to karma in the Bible is the law of reaping and sowing, cause and effect, and yes there is some truth to the fact that your actions will have consequences but nonetheless, the Bible does not teach the concept of karma at all.
In fact, the Bible just completely rubbishes the idea of karma, because that is not who God is or how he operates, he does not deal with you or treat you under the economy and currency of karma.
… If God did, we would all be dead and in hell bar none. Because no matter how good the best of us are (or we think they are), none of us can earn favour and merits with God… because none of us can be good enough, because none of us are good enough. And there is nothing within you that ever can be, so stop trying to find and summon goodness and righteousness from within yourself… because it is not there! “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing…”
You’ve gotta realize, that the Bible… the word of God, not the philosophy from man… the Bible teaches that if you do good… you add nothing to God… and if you do bad… you haven’t affected God in the slightest.
Elihu said this in Job 35… and consider this… he was talking to a great man of the east in Job… and the east is where karma comes from… and so while you put stock in people like Buddha or gurus and masters of the east… how about listen to a conversation with truly great men of the east and what they said about God? Here’s what Elihu said to Job…
Job 35:5 “Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou.”
Job 35:6 “If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?”
Job 35:7 “If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?”
Notice how this rubbishes karma? Because good or bad, you’re not adding or taking away from God. You really think your righteousness is something? “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
What about this? The Bible says in Psalm 39:5 that “every man at his best state is altogether vanity” You know how in the karma system of thinking and living that every man is trying and striving to realize and attain to “his best state”… well guess what, your best state you can possibly be in… is altogether vanity. Vanity means “empty” “worthless”. Think about that.
And karma is based on very faulty philosophy. It’s based on the musings of men who observed some things and formulated “truths” based on experiences and the senses. If you read the book of Job, you’ll realize karma is rubbish. Job’s friends believed in karma, but he did not. And he was right and they were wrong. Remembering that Job was an upright man who suffered greatly… which shouldn’t happen according to karma. For all the “good karma” that Job had built up, yet he lost everything, even his own health.
If you read the Psalms, often you’ll find Psalms that talk about the apparent prosperity of the wicked. Because the Psalmist noted the injustices of this life. And really karma is man’s rationalizations of injustices and suffering in life. Karma is the way sinful fallen man tries to explain the curse of sin. If you read the book of Job, you’ll realize that Job refuted his friends idea of karma, that is that bad had come to him because he had obviously done something bad… because he pointed out rightly that many bad people have good in their lifetime, and many good people have it bad… where’s the justice, where’s the karma working in that?
In Luke 16 Jesus told a story about a rich man and Lazarus the beggar. Lazarus ended up in paradise, and the rich man ended up in hell. But in their lifetime the rich man, who was utterly destitute of God received good things, and Lazarus in lifetime received evil things. Hmm. The rich man had health, wealth and prosperity, ticking all the boxes by which men measure karma… and yet he went to hell.
Please note, I haven’t really defined karma. So what do people mean by karma? Well it basically is the law of cause and effect. So people that believe in karma believe that in your life that your actions build up your karma good or bad. In eastern religions, they believe that this karma then impacts your next existence, because they believe in reincarnation. But the Bible does not teach reincarnation. It teaches one life, then eternity “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”
If you believe in karma, you have to understand that the concept of karma comes from the Hindu and Buddhist view of the world, which has a completely distorted idea of God and outright denial of God and has no ability to rationalize things like suffering with the understanding of the curse of sin. Buddha could not rationalize sufferings out correctly, and couldn’t come up with a philosophy for life to even address it. For the Buddhist, nirvana doesn’t deal with suffering, all it is is consciousness oblivious to it. Buddha solved the reality of suffering through trying to attain to a fantasy world, which it literally is when you try to work your way to your own personal salvation through being good and doing good.
And karma is just a philosophy, it’s a philosophy of men just as fallen and un-enlightened as you are. They didn’t know what they were talking about, they just made some observations and came up with philosophies and theories based on personal experience and finite wisdom and understanding. Why would you listen to them when you have God’s word? Why not believe God’s word? The truth will make you free!
And the fact is, whether you are good or not… bad things happen, because we live in a world that is under the curse of sin. If you get cancer or bad health, it doesn’t mean you’re not right with God. Nay, in fact God may use those things to bring glory to God as he carries us through trial and tribulations of living in this fallen world. Job didn’t have bad karma at all, he had no karma, he was just a man of faith living a life honouring God, and that’s why Satan came after him… not because he was bad, but because he was good!
The curse of sin and death was introduced into this world by very real disobedience to God by a father common to us all… the first man called “Adam”, whom we all come from, doesn’t matter whether you are Chinese, Indian or Australian… we all come from Adam, and Adam sinned… and that’s why this world is such a horrible place with so much injustice, pain, suffering and death.
The curse of sin is reality, we all know it. No matter how much good karma you try to generate, you’re still going to age and die. The curse of sin is an absolute reality no matter how much you try to transcend reality. So stay in reality! All this “self realization” stuff of eastern religions is creating a reality that is not reality, it’s basically surrendering and submitting to the lies of the devil. When you empty and open your mind, guess what you’re doing? Just making a place for Satan to fill it with so many lies you won’t know what’s up and what’s down.
So while you try to please and tame karma unsuccessfully, know that it doesn’t even exist. Problems in your life arise from sin yes. But Jesus did not sin, and was he spared bad things happening to him. Did he have bad karma? He got lied about, falsely accused, persecuted, beaten, crucified… all because he loved people and told them the truth. So yeah, karma is a false philosophy.
God is not karma, and karma is not God. To reduce God to the concept of karma, like he’s some impersonal force that is good to you when you’re good and bad to you when you’re bad… it’s a joke, and it degrades the concept of God. Yes God is just. Yes God is holy. But God is also full of grace, compassion and mercy. You know that for 430 years the Canaanite nations enjoyed living in the land of Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey, enjoying the grace and mercy of God while they lived desperately wicked lives. For 120 years God spared the world of Noah’s day, ready and willing to forgive and save any who repented and believed and called upon his name. So no, your karma is a vastly inferior little g “god” that you are living according to. Karma is more like “Baal”, not like God.
As already mentioned, if karma truly existed, all that any of us would be entitled to would be “bad karma”… because “all have sinned”. So nobody is entitled to good karma. THE BEST people are entitled only to the worst karma. Remember, the Bible says that the “wages” of sin is death. If karma is your payout and credit for good deeds, discipline etc… well what you’ve earned with your best works is death! Because nobody is entitled to the good graces and favour of God, and nobody can work their way into credit with God.
Hinduism is the bondage of works based “salvation”, and many Christians even get caught in this idea of earning God’s grace. But you cannot earn God’s grace… God’s grace is a gift. So what would you rather… karma which you continually are not good enough to attain to and swing in your favour … or would you rather the grace of God dear reader?
You know, there is one God, one real God. There are billions of false “gods” out there, even humans are called gods in the Bible… but there is only one God. And when you die, which you will, no matter how much karma you’ve banked… you’ll realize how mortal you are and you’ve dealt in a counterfeit currency your whole life. Karma necessitates a system of reincarnation… and that doesn’t exist either. You’re going to get a bad shock in hell believing in karma and reincarnation… and I’m sharing this with you from the Bible, on the authority of God’s word, because I love you and don’t want to see you go to hell based on a lie.
The fact is, there is a God, the true God, and he is a personal God, and he created you for relationship and fellowship personally. But the problem is you and we all do not know God, because we are alienated and enemies of God by our sins. But you cannot bridge that sin divide, and you are spiritually dead when you are born. Jesus told a lost religious man seeking truth “ye must be born again”… and you can’t do it, you don’t have creative life force in you, you cannot be good enough to evolve yourself to a higher consciousness… you have one out, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ and believing on him. He can and will save you, regardless of how much karma you think you have. That burden of karma that has been on your back will fall off and roll down the hill of mount Calvary.
You know how God deals with us? Well, the Bible says “that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance”… and so where karma is this vicious and cruel master who you can never seem to please, God is good to us even when we aren’t good. He loved us in our sins so much that he died to save us from them. Karma doesn’t love you. But God loves you. Karma has no grace. But God is gracious. Karma is unmerciful. But God is merciful. Karma is a lie. But God is the truth.
And if and when you get saved, you get a salvation that your continued sin does not even change. So when a Christian does something wrong, yes it’s wrong, but it doesn’t lose their salvation and they have to re-earn it… no, the gift of salvation is never rescinded by Jesus Christ. So while karma gives and takes from you and you can never win with it, and you’ll never win with it, because it’s a matter of time until you get sick and die… the Lord Jesus Christ offers a complete and whole salvation, spirit first, then soul and body.
Repeat, there is no such thing as karma. It is a lie of the devil designed to enslave and trap you and take your soul to hell. Jesus Christ came to set the prisoners free. He can set you free from bondage to karma. You will never win with karma, even when you think you have good karma. Guess what, it’s not good karma, God is just being good to you out of grace, not because you earned or deserve it. He rains on the just and the unjust. And God’s goodness should bring you to repentance because you know you do not deserve it, not make you think that good things are happening to you because you’ve been good. Guess what… NOBODY is good enough, that’s why God sent his Son, his ONLY begotten Son to die on the cross for us, because none of us are good enough, none of us deserve anything other than hell fire.
So if you are living according to karma, you can be free from that lie today. Read the Bible, get to know the Lord Jesus Christ for yourself. He’s the way, he’s the answer, your answers do not lie within. None of us have the answers, God’s word is the truth. Do you want truth? Or do you prefer your delusion of works based self salvation? Maybe you’re under the bondage of feeling like “bad karma” is all over you… that is the lie of the devil. Yes you need to be saved from your sin, and God can and will forgive you of your sins in Jesus Christ. It’s not what you do, it’s what he did. It’s not who you are, it’s who he is. And what about that thief that died on the cross next to Jesus, who lived a whole bad life, and yet Jesus Christ said “to day shalt thou be with me in paradise”. All because that thief believed on him.
See, your life isn’t going to come down to the karma you think you have or don’t have… it’s going to come down to whether you believe on Jesus Christ or not. It’s that simple. Karma is the currency of works based religion, but Jesus Christ said “it is finished” on the cross. Guess what? It is finished! You can enter into Christ’s rest when you believe on him, or you can keep trying to swing the karma your way in vain. And karma dangles your soul in front of you, because you never get to know you’re saved and right with God in that system, because all that philosophy and religion hides the truth from you, but God has given us the tree for free, so we can be free. You can be free from karma altogether. And you are freed from that system of bondage in Jesus Christ. Your future doesn’t depend on how good you are, it depends on God’s goodness, and whether you believe in and have received his goodness by faith or not.
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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)
I’m a Christian and I don’t believe in Karma. However, There are verses that speak of doing good things and how God rewards the giving hand. and he also blesses the hard worker. So those are good things. and I even think in Job, his friends who are trying to comfort him are saying things like, God rewards the good for their good deeds and the evil for their evil deeds. I think it says that, I’m not sure. But it’s God who is doing that. Not karma. It is God who sees the good and rewards good. I don’t know, this really needs prayer. It’s DEFINITELY NOT KARMA that causes good things for good people. It’s HAS TO BE GOD. anyways I’ll be praying about this. We should keep in contact so that way we could compare notes as to what we find.
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Hello Germinr, thanks for the comment, I appreciate it. Yeah sure, Job’s friends were trying to comfort him, but Job said “miserable comforters are ye all” and called them “physicians of no value”… because their doctrine of karma was utterly wrong! They came meaning well, but then proceeded to batter him their philosophy. And that’s what they had, the philosophy of fallen man trying to understand and rationalize the world he is in, which is where karma has come from.
Evil came to Job in his life yes, but it wasn’t because of karma, it wasn’t because he had done bad at all. If anything he was suffering because he had done right, not wrong. But yet he was being tormented by the question… is it something I’ve done to deserve this? This is why he was justifying himself to his friends quite a bit… and saying well there’s something wrong here, but what is it, why is God doing this to me. And in karma, people are confused, because like modern Christianity which dabbles in eastern religion, it basically teaches you that if you are not prospering… then it’s something you are or are not doing. Just look at the titles of popular Christian books, it’s just karma philosophy repackaged in Christian bookstores.
Karma basically says, you deserve what you get and you get what you deserve. But read these verses John 9:1-3 “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” So this is Jesus dealing with karma philosophy right here. This literally destroys the whole concept of karma and reincarnation, because they thought that he was born blind because of “bad karma” in the family line or something he had done before he was even born! So… previous life? But the mans blindness was not because of him doing bad or his parents bad impacting him at all, and bad things in life are really just an occasion to God’s grace.
Bad things happening to you aren’t because of bad karma or good karma at all. Bad things happen because we live in a fallen world. It’s not karma at work punishing and rewarding people according to laws of the universe. God uses bad things to bring glory to Jesus Christ and gives grace to deal with suffering. How many Christians live with all sorts of physical problems and afflictions and yet the grace of God is so strong in their lives upholding them.
One of the main errors of karma is that karma is based around physical appearance, what things look and seem like, and men interpreting reality based on “what it looks like” and the idea of prosperity indicating spirituality… whereas the physical world is nothing. Gain is not godliness, the Bible says that, and to actually withdraw ourselves from people who think gain (like gaining money, health etc) is an indication of being right with God.
The Bible teaches that grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. So we can live by grace or by karma. I’d rather grace. When we suffer persecution for righteousness’s sake, that’s not bad karma, that’s just that evil men hate God. God gives grace for us in persecution and suffering, and he can use those things to do the most incredible work in our lives.
So Job’s friends and their “good attracts good and evil attracts evil” philosophy were wrong. Which is why God said in Job 42:7 “… the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.”
Yeah sure, there is a blessedness which comes from obeying God, and it does pay to do right ultimately, but not in the economy of karma. But I think the crux of the issue is this… When a Christian does right, it’s not to earn credit or “good karma” with God… they do right because they love God and because it’s right. So God does not have a karma relationship with his children, and he doesn’t want it, and our relationship and fellowship is not based on karma, but on mercy and grace. And often doing right actually costs us, while doing wrong may help us get ahead in this world.
Karma is basically just the eastern equivalent of works based salvation. Do this, do that, and try and earn your way upwards with God. But God just isn’t like that. He’s not like us. We behave like that to each other, but God’s ways are not our ways, his thoughts are not our thoughts. Anyway hope this helps or adds to your thoughts on karma in some beneficial way, thank you 🙂
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