A status on KARMA on FB...

What I know about karma...

Karma per se is irreconcilable with Christianity, because it is fundamentally bound up with the doctrine of reincarnation, which is contrary to Christian philosophy (Hebrews 9:27). However, that is not to say that we don't, in some way, suffer for the sins we commit. 
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him f
or the things done while in the body, whether good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:10)
Also, God punishes the sons whom he loves so that we might become righteous (Hebrews 12:5-11). 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 shows how on the Judgment Day our work (deeds) will be tested, and that of passing value will be burned up, and that of lasting value will remain, and we will escape as through fire. We call this Purgatory, from the word for cleansing (i.e. purgation).

In Catholic Christianity, there are two effects to sins:
•the eternal and the temporal.

The first pertains to our fundamental relationship with God, whether we are his friend or his enemy. This is completely forgiven, through the blood of Christ on the Cross, in Confession (when we've become enemies with God).

The second pertains to the discipline God imposes on us to make us more righteous and holy. We can also look at our sufferings as a gift, a privelage, to unite our crosses with Jesus Christ for the salvation of others. This way we grow in holiness and we experience great joy and closeness to Jesus and His Most Blessed Mother Mary.

These two types of punishment are best illustrated by going to the encounter of David and Nathan the Prophet (2 Samuel 12:1-15). This is after David had adultery with Bathsheba and killed her husband. God forgave David's sin, telling him he wouldn't die, but he still punished him by striking his son dead.

So there is some similarity between karma and the Christian idea, but only insofar as we experience suffering for our sins in this life. The purpose is different and the underlying assumptions and philosophy are different.


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