Christmas tree ornament that says "grace"

The Opposite of Karma

My wife and I were watching the tv show, “The Rookie,” and in one scene, the lead actor, Nathan Fillion, says, “I’m doing this for good karma.” About ten minutes later, the guy he was helping tried to kill him.

The idea of karma has somehow elbowed its way into our English vernacular. People mix up Christ’s teachings on reaping what you sow (Galatians 6:7) with karma.

Karma is defined as, “The force generated by a person’s actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence. – Merriam-Webster 

What About Grace?

Grace is an essential part of God’s character. Grace is closely related to God’s benevolence, love, and mercy. Grace can be variously defined as “God’s favor toward the unworthy” or “God’s benevolence on the undeserving.” In His grace, God is willing to forgive us and bless us abundantly, in spite of the fact that we don’t deserve to be treated so well or dealt with so generously. (Got Questions)

It seems to me that grace is the opposite of karma. So let’s toss that word “karma” out of our conversations and let grace come in. “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV) 

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