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What did Jesus say about Karma

The concept of Karma, as commonly understood in Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, revolves around the idea that a person’s actions in this life or past lives determine their fate in future existences. This notion of cause and effect, moral actions leading to future consequences, is not directly addressed by Jesus in the Christian Scriptures. Instead, Christian doctrine, as reflected in the teachings of Jesus, emphasizes grace, forgiveness, repentance, and salvation through faith in Christ.

However, several biblical passages reflect principles that might seem akin to the idea of consequences for one’s actions, which can be seen as loosely related to the concept of Karma:

  1. Galatians 6:7-8 (ESV): “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
  2. Matthew 7:12 (ESV): “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
  3. Luke 6:31 (ESV): “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”

These verses emphasize the importance of one’s actions and their impact on oneself and others, echoing the idea that good deeds lead to positive outcomes, and bad deeds lead to negative ones, which is a simplistic way to understand Karma.

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Responsibility for Actions: Christianity, as taught by Jesus, emphasizes personal responsibility for one’s actions and their moral and spiritual consequences, paralleling the idea that what we sow, we will reap.
  2. Moral Integrity: The golden rule, as taught by Jesus, underscores the principle of treating others as one would like to be treated, promoting a life of moral integrity and love, which aligns with the karmic principle of actions influencing future circumstances.
  3. Divine Grace Over Karma: Unlike the concept of Karma, which is often seen as an impersonal cosmic law of moral cause and effect, Christian doctrine highlights the supremacy of divine grace, forgiveness, and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. This suggests that, despite the natural consequences of one’s actions, divine grace offers a path to redemption and eternal life, transcending the cycle of Karma.


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