I voted no as I consider karma to be a Hindu/Buddhist concept and not a Christian one.
If I was a Hindu or Buddhist and believed that karma is the spiritual force generated by my actions which determines my reincarnated situation, then the law of karma implies that every thought or deed, whether they are good or bad, will count in determining how I as an individual will be born in the next life on Earth. So by doing good things, I may be reincarnated as an eagle so I can fly or as a doctor that cures a disease. If I do bad things, I may be reincarnated as a centipede that someone steps on, a fish that gets caught by a hook or a beggar with Leprosy.
In Hindu belief, the person cannot be released from the karmic cycle until they are reborn into the Brahmin or priestly caste. Individuals therefore, are in control of their own salvation. That is in direct contradiction to the Christian concept that salvation only comes through belief in Jesus Christ.
Karma does not affect one’s relationship with Brahman, which in Hinduism, is the essence of existence within all things. Whether one’s karma is good or bad makes no difference to the fact that Hindus and Buddhists are unconditionally extended from the oneness of Brahman.
Some may believe Christianity has similarities to Hinduism and Buddhism from Galatians 6:7:
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
But there are many examples of evil people in this life who seem to live to a very old age, live in luxury and never face justice. There are also examples of good people who suffer massive injustices, who do not live very long and never receive justice. Therefore I consider Galatians 6:7, (and especially Psalm 37) and the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16, to reap what they sow upon resurrection from the dead. For a believer, that means they will reap an eternal life with Christ.
The Christian concept of sin and God, unlike the Hindu/Buddhist concept of karma and Brahman, does affect our relationship with God as we become alienated from Him. The attributes of God include righteousness and absolute moral holiness, and our sin reveals an attitude of rebellion against His authority.
My biggest problem with karma and why I consider it false, is that it makes morality like a law of nature, it does not allow for the possibility of forgiveness and makes Christ's death on the cross and His resurrection meaningless. Because our God (unlike Brahman), is personal and because people can ask for forgiveness, God is faithful to his promise and He can and will forgive our sin and has proven it through Jesus Christ.
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