I had a pretty cool prayer time this morn & really felt God talking with me about the Karma thing. Karma is just the priniciple of sowing & reaping for those prefering the Christian vocabulary. Whatever vocabulary you prefer, our universe is generally organized on the idea of cause & effect – you do something good & good things happen back to you. You do bad things & bad things come back to you. Truthfully, it is my opinion that all world religions, except Christianity, are organized on this principle. This is the idea that you just have to be a good muslim or a good hindu or a good buddhist because these religions are just different paths going to the same destination. This concept that all religions lead to the same destination is the hopeful goal to which pan-religious folk cling in hopes that it all comes out the same in the end. This is an uncertainty that I’m not comfortable risking. Furthermore, it leaves me cold when I ask myself the question, “what is good enough?”
Enter Grace. Grace interrupts karma. Grace doesn’t give us what we deserve or earn, but something better. Grace comes through the cross Jesus died on & buys for us a far better present & eternity than we could ever earn with our sincere but deficient human efforts. Give me the cross anytime if I have to choose between karma & grace. Its not only the intelligent choice, but the one that offers the most life. I choose grace.