“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked for whatever one sows, that will he also reap,” Galatians 6:7.
For many people, the word ‘karma’ is used interchangeably with this biblical concept of reaping what you sow. And that’s understandable, given how these two principles sound like the same exact thing. However, they are two different concepts.
If we aren’t careful, we can easily mistake karma and reaping what we sow as being one in the same. We souls be mindful of the difference, or we run the danger of erring in our understanding of what Christ did on the cross, what the Holy is currently working out in us, and the truth about eternity.
Here are some differences between karma and reaping what you sow:
The Meaning Of Karma
The word karma was in my vocabulary before I ever understood the biblical principle of sowing and reaping. Before I ever knew Jesus as my personal savior, I knew what karma was. When I came to the knowledge of Christ and His Word, I knew something didn’t Lin up between what karma taught and what the Bible tells us.
The definition of karma is the belief that good and bad experiences in this life are the sum result of deeds done in both current, previous, lives. Karma is supposed to help us make sense of why we may be going through certain situations it also give us rationalization for the cycles of birth and death.
On the surface level perspective, karma bridges the gap between good action and good results as well as bad actions and bad results in this life in their previous lives. What a person sows now, they reap in a future life. And karma can accumulate, giving you a chance to balance out positive or negative consequences.
Sowing and reaping in a faithful life relates to the eternal implications that faith has on the Kingdom of God.
In the Hebrew language ‘sow’ means to conceive, to bear, or to yield, “To reap means to harvest.” Sowing and reaping can both be applied to a persons life on earth as we,k as in eternity. However m it’s different from karma in the faith in Christ is a major component.
Isn’t it interesting how similar in verbiage and basic understanding these two concepts seem to be. Without the knowledge of Christ and the discernment of the Holy Spirit, it can easily be mistaken one for the other. However, both of these principles have very different effects on our beliefs and ways of thinking.
The Source Of Karma
One primary and biblical concept of sowing and reaping in their source. Knowing where certain practices and concepts originate help give us discernment in recognizing what is Godly and and what is ungodly. We can sift through the gray areas and look at the historical truths of these to principals to get a clearer picture of what we here should be doing, saying, and believing.
Karma originates from the Hindu tradition. The mention of karma appeared in a text called Rigveda, which is known as the oldest Hindu text.
As time passed, different cultures and traditions have taken the concept of karma and have added different details to it, so the law of karma ranges depending on geographical areas.
The Source Of Reaping And Sowing
The prior sowing and reaping is a biblical concept found throughout the Word of God.
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever ones sows, the Will he also will reap. For the one who sows in his own flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit Will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, firing due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6-7-9.
We are too stand on the Word of God as the highest authority, and God wants us to live in accordance with what is written in the Bible. The word of God is our sword. It is sharp enough to decide truth from non-truth, but on,y when we don’t dilute it.
When we mix the biblical concept of sowing and reaping with karmic beliefs, we run the risk of diluting God’s Word. And we become more lenient and accepting of the things of this world. Whether we mean to do so or not, we can actually find ourselves comprising the Word of God in our lives. This is why it’s important to test all things against scripture. Karma, from the basis of it’s foundation, is something that speaks against what the word teaches us.