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  1. Elizabeth Bennett

    Dear Roger,
    Thank you so much for this short and precise defense of Creationism, the Bible and redemption through Jesus Christ. It is a gem and I will be using it to defend God’s Word and the truth of the biblical account of all of creation.

  2. Cindy

    May I use this forum to ask a question? I have many Christian friends who continually talk about karma. They think it is Biblical. I can tell them where the term karma came from (and tell them it is not Biblical), but I don’t know what scripture(s) to share with them specifically so they will understand. Thank you!

    • Iva

      Cindy, you are correct, karma is not biblical and no Christian should think it is biblical since it is a concept in the Buddhist and Hindu religions, as you know…Hebrews 9:27 says that we are destined to die once and after that we face judgment(this does away with the idea of reincarnation). John 3:36 tells us what to do for everlasting life… Galatians 6:7 says: don’t be deceived; God is not mocked: for what we sow, we will reap. A Christian using the word, ‘karma’, in my opinion is a form of mocking God, intentionally or not. I’m not sure if this answers your question but I hope it helps.

    • John J

      Hi, Cindy. “Karma” has become a buzzword, and I think that 99% of people have no idea it’s a Hindu/Buddhist term, and maybe that’s a good place to start. Put the word into its context, as you have alluded. It has everything to do with the afterlife, reincarnation, punishment in a next, physical life whereas true Christianity does not teach that because it’s not the truth. We die once and then judgment (Hebrews 9:27). There’s no coming back and fixing our bad deeds, or our good deeds outweighing our bad ones…and the winner determines our eternal destiny. Also Matthew 25:46 puts karma in its place.
      The Bible is full of examples that we will reap what we sow; cast your bread on the waters and it will come back to you, especially Proverbs 11:27; Proverbs 26:27; Psalms 7:16 (but this is not karma; these are life lessons and ways of conduct; truisms, not laws, either spiritual or natural). Galatians 6:7 is a karma favorite, but it teaches simply that God will punish sin. Karma, according to those who believe in it, is something that one cannot escape from. Jesus, as savior, made it possible for us to escape his wrath and by becoming born-again, we become part of his family and there is no more condemnation for him/her who is in Christ (Roman 8:1).

      Today’s usage of the word “karma” is used wrongly to top it all. There are these Instant” karma jokes; there are a million and one karma memes and stuff on the Internet. As I’ve said, it’s a buzzword with deep, unbiblical roots. It’s a fashion and people run after a fashion.

      Be gentle when you explain that it’s either karma or Jesus Christ and the freedom that comes with Him; being reconciled with God forever when born-again.

      So, someone takes your parking spot at the mall and then ten minutes later someone bumps into his car. “Karma!” people shout. Nope, bad luck, coincidence, everyday life.

      Cindy, if karma were true (and it has to be 100% true to be true, like the law of gravity), then this world would have zero people. We’d all be dead because of our “wrongdoings.”

      Using karma to compare it with what happens to a born-again Christian should convince your friends. Yeah, it’s a buzzword; let’s hope the next buzzword blows it away.

      I hope it helped a bit. I hope others weigh in too.

    • Nope

      Karma =/= consequences

      You’ve probably heard these words used interchangeably by your friends, but the consequences God sometimes allows for our behavior do not equal karma. We have to remember also the reality expressed in ps 73– the prosperity of the wicked. “Karma” is just another way the enemy is trying to discredit God and say there is not the God of the Bible, but only a force at work in the universe in our temporal lives.

      The truth is that often the wicked prosper and the righteous are persecuted, but after death we each face judgment before Jesus Christ, and our lives are eternal. We’ll either suffer eternal damnation, or know God as we are known in eternal relationship with our Bridegroom.

      I would first ask your friends in what sense they think karma is biblical – in the Hinduism sense, regarding reincarnation, or in the general sense of temporal consequences for good or bad behavior. Once they answer, I would then address their deceit with the appropriate verses
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