Friday, September 07, 2012

Bad Karma

Karma: Noun - the force generated by a person's actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person's next existence.

The idea of Karma is widespread in our culture. From television shows such as My Name is Earl to movies such as Pay It Forward there is a belief in some type of Karmic reward in this life. The whole idea that there is a law outside oneself is positive. The idea that if your life is weighed in the balance the scales tip in your favor is ludicrous. More likely that the message delivered to King Belshazzar will be yours as well; you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient.

Where does the idea of right and wrong come from? Why should we care about karma? Will our deeds judge us in the end? All have been weighed on the scales and all are deficient. There will be no grand heavenly reward for deeds committed here. How shall we shine a shimmering white marble statue with dirty rags? Can a few good deeds outweigh a core of wickedness. No, we echo the heart of Daniel crying, “We have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from your commandments and ordinances…Righteousness belongs to you, O Lord, but to us open shame….”

What a great lie karma is. That men would believe that their paltry good deeds would exalt them to a better life. There is no karma. There is a God who pardons based on belief in His son. Then there is no condemnation. In karma there ends only open shame.

A karma believing scholar,
Never stole single dime or dollar,
He saw his brothers in Hell,
And continued to yell,
Why didn’t the prophets give them a holler?

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