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Do you believe in flying unicorns?
How about a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
Perhaps you’re convinced mermaids exist?
How about the concept of karma?
Who or what do you place your faith, hope, and trust in?
Many people believe in karma in the most generic of terms, but don’t know where the word actually derives from.
The watered down version of karma says what goes around comes around.
If you are good, good things will happen to you. If you do bad, then bad things will happen to you.
At face value, it’s almost biblical in nature as the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Matthew 7:12)
However, the real definition of karma is in the false world religions of Hinduism and Buddhism.
These religions believe the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence are viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
This belief is otherwise known as the Six Realms of Karmic Rebirth.
Unlike Christianity, where you believe in heaven or hell after death, they believe in “transmigration,” or “reincarnation.”
The belief is that all living things die and are reborn again.
Your rebirth into the next life will be based on your behavior in your past life.
Of course, as a Christian you are “born again” in Jesus Christ.
Is Your Faith in God Or Karma Chain Letters?
I bring all this up because people fall prey to “karma chain letters.”
Keep forwarding it to get “good luck”.
But break the chain, and “bad luck” visits you.
You have probably gotten one in your email that basically asks you to send it to 14 people and something good will happen to you.
Now that takes some faith.
How about being blessed through God instead of dealing with good or bad luck?
Both God and karma require a measure of faith, but you have the Bible to back up God’s promises.
Christians who go to be with Jesus exchange their earthly bodies for incorruptible, eternal bodies.
Their fate is sealed in Jesus.
Their next life is in heaven with God the Father and God the Son.
They’re not worried about evolving into a stork or a cow in their next life.
Do Karma Chain Letters Really Bless Your Life?
Why don’t we get chain letters that say, “Get a job! I predict that in 14 days you will come into some money?”
Because it’s too practical and too realistic.
(Note: Chain letters that ask for money are illegal. Read more.)
Karma chain letters are built on pie-in-the-sky hopes and wishes, of getting something from cosmic nothingness.
Let’s examine a short version of a karma chain letter.
My comments follow in parenthesis:
The email goes something like this:
“This is for you. Read until the end.
I sent an angel to watch over you last night.”
(Really? Must have been asleep for that one.)
“The universe has seen you struggling with some things and says a blessing is coming your way.”
(Wow, a direct pipeline to the universe! Is this the same universe you invoke when you call the boss and say, “The universe told me not to come to work today?”)
If you believe in karma send this message to 14 friends including me. If I don’t get it back I guess I’m not one of them.
(My advice is: don’t wait up!)
“Pass this message on. Please don’t ignore it. You are being tested and karma is going to fix two big things in your favor.”
(Like my ’63 Ford? Hope karma is a better mechanic than the one I have. Or maybe karma will fix my mechanic!)
“Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don’t break this chain letter. Send it to 14 friends in 10 minutes.”
(First of all, the best day of my life was when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Second, I don’t have 14 friends who will be friends after I send them this spam).
“If you don’t send it, something bad will happen to you.”
(Imagine, being threatened by a chain letter! How sweet and full of cosmic karma love is that?)
“I sent this to you because I care about you and love you.”
(Lies! If you really loved me, you’d mail me $50!)
I think a karma chain letter is a cry for help on the part of someone who is so incredibly bored they have to resort to boring you.
How About Putting Your Faith In God Instead?
God promises His believers many things, more than any anonymous chain letter can offer or produce by happenstance.
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As 2 Timothy 3:16 explains: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
A chain letter cannot promise you forgiveness of sins, fellowship with God and eternal life. Only Jesus can.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
And there are many, many more promises God makes to you, His child.
8 Promises From God You CAN Take to the Bank!
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11)
Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.” (Gal. 3: 6-9)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3: 5-6)
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” (Psalms 55:22)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11: 28-29)
“I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)
What Was the Best Chain Letter Ever Received?
In Jesus, God gave us the Best Gift ever, and the Best Promise ever, something that can never be equaled in a chain letter.
The best “chain letter” I ever got was from God.
And it broke the chains of bondage!
He gave me John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
That’s the only “chain letter” that will ever hold any substance for me.
And the only chain letter we should be passing on to our loved ones.
How about you?
Will you put your faith, hope, and trust in karma?
Or, will you put your faith, hope, and trust in Jesus Christ and God’s infallible Word the Bible?
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