In today’s world, the terms Karma and Fate are often used interchangeably. These terms lead one to believe that whatever happens in the future is inevitable and that nothing can change the predestined course of life. But as those who know Christ as their Savior can testify, there is One who can save us from our past actions, and who can deliver us from the eternity we deserve.
Karma is a religious term used in Buddhism, although this philosophy was around in India prior to Buddhism. It comes from the Sanskrit term ‘karman’ and is the “universal law by which good or bad actions determine the future modes of an individual’s existence.” In Indian theories of salvation, the belief is that future life situations can or will be affected by actions performed in previous lives. It is considered a motivation to live a moral life as well as an explanation for the existence of evil. Karma literally means action; it is any kind of intentional act (mental, verbal, or physical) rather moral or immoral. Involuntary actions are not considered Karma because volition (the act of willing, choosing, or resolving) is not present.
Fate is defined as “something that unavoidably befalls a person; fortune; lot: that which is inevitably predetermined; destiny.” And along with these terms comes the saying, “you reap what you sow”, which we know comes from Biblical scripture. In Job 4:8, Eliphaz the Temanite was speaking to Job and said, “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.” And most of us are familiar with Galatians 6:7-8, which tells us, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
In Jeremiah 17:10, God says, “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” We are all born with a sinful nature, and it is this nature that must be defeated by the power of the Holy Spirit so that we may present blameless in the sight of God, through the precious blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. In Galatians 5:16-25, Paul tells us, “This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
So, then, we have the opportunity to change our ultimate destination when we make the choice to accept Christ as our Savior. In 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, we read, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” How amazing is this deep love that God has for each of us, that He was willing to give His only begotten Son that we might be cleansed of all unrighteousness and reconciled with Him? No longer do we have to be trapped by the guilt and weight of all our sins. We are freed from all sin and shame the moment we accept Christ as our Savior.
In 2 Peter 1:3-4, we learn, “According as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” God gave us one Way to escape the future that we all deserve. Born in sin, we don’t deserve eternity with our Heavenly Father, but His great love for us has made a way that we can have eternal life in His presence. That way is through Christ and Christ alone. John 3:16-18 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
As the children of God, we don’t place our faith in the works of Karma or Fate. We place our faith in the finished works of Christ, who died at Calvary to free us from our debt of sin, offering us instead salvation and eternal life. Let us remember that it is through the love of our Father that we can receive forgiveness for all our sins; as we read in Titus 3:4-7, “But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Grace and blessings on your path,