Do Christians believe in the law of karma?
The law of karma and the Christian good news of grace are opposite teachings. Some people may think that Christianity teaches the law of karma because there is a biblical teaching that “a man reaps what he sows.” This sounds like the law of karma. However, the Bible does not mean that if we do good deeds in this present life we will be reborn in a higher state in the next life. This does not mean that we will avoid sickness or suffering. The Saviour Jesus said:
God causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. In other words, good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people. This is not the law of karma.
Christian teaching is that no one can make a way to know God by doing good deeds or performing religious acts. We cannot take away or erase our own sin. For example, if a person has a bad wound on their face, they sometimes have mark on their face until they die. In special circumstances, a doctor can remove it. In the same way, sin makes a permanent mark on our lives. We cannot remove it ourselves. We need a Saviour.
By the word “grace” the Bible means that God shows us his mercy, even though we do not deserve it. God accepted the death of the Saviour Jesus as the punishment of our sin, for all who take refuge in Jesus. Because of Jesus’ death, believers are saved from the judgement of sin. This is not the law of karma. It is the good news of grace.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.