Karma Christianity

by Josiah David

Be alert, there is one Frankenstein version of Christianity out there that seems to be especially common; and it is especially dangerous. The belief system I refer to here is based on the fallacy of thinking that our everyday production of good versus bad deeds has anything to do with our standing with Christ. A special version of the Hindu and Buddhist concept of Karma has married itself to the worldviews of countless people. This idea of being a “good person” to qualify as a candidate for salvation is rampant in our culture, and I will stress once again that it is DANGEROUS. As often as this perspective is debunked in the scriptures, it is surprising and alarming how many people still ascribe to this brand of Christianity. We must all take on the challenge to dig deeper and consider well the true meanings within scripture before taking hold of a popular belief lacking any firm foundation.

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The first scriptural debunking which comes to my mind is the example set in Jesus’ encounter with the rich young ruler, who evidently held to the false idea of self-attained salvation.

And behold, a man came up to Him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:16-17)

We hardly even need to go further in this chapter to understand the Biblical reality of our own personal goodness. Jesus’ first reply says it all: “There is only one who is good.” Or as stated in Luke 18:19, “No one is good but God alone.” Yet even after this clear and concise explanation from Jesus, the young man still seems to hold to the idea that he was indeed a good person, claiming that he had obeyed every required commandment to an adequate extent. Evidently the years of holding to this idea had made it as hard to leave behind as the temporal riches to which he was bound. Too many professing Christians today hold fast to this same idea, somehow missing even such a commonly stated Biblical truth.

Another point that must be made is that the human standard of good behavior falls immeasurably short of the divine standard…


Karma Christianity | Josiah David