I cringe when I hear people saying with glee, “karma is going to get you!” They are taking the idea of a religious principal and applying that idea to their personal concept of the world. Dare I say? Yes, the point is almost always revenge. I am not claiming that justice is not very real and very necessary, I am simply calling attention to the perversion (=the alteration of something from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended[Google]) of a religious concept: Karma.
The second important point of this discourse is that Christians who follow the new testament (in other words ALL Christians) are supposed to adhere to the concept of forgiveness. In fact the basic tenet of Christianity is one of forgiveness: Christians believe in justification by faith – that through their belief in Jesus as the Son of God, and in his death and resurrection, they can have a right relationship with God whose forgiveness was made once and for all through the death of Jesus Christ. [Google].
So how is it that Karma is so popular with Christians? Because we are humans who want to know that our hurt that was caused by another can be revisited on that other in equal measure. We do not want our pain to be suffered alone, we want someone to blame and someone to be hurt as we are hurt. We are a vengeful culture, indeed, according to society, revenge is a priority for any of us. While we are hurting, we cannot grasp forgiveness, while we are hurting it is almost impossible to think of the perpetrator in any way except with anger. So, while I believe that vengefulness is quite natural as a feeling, I would draw the line here. Society attempts to bring structure to human feelings and thoughts. Forgiveness is a higher good that is conceptualized in all of the world religions. We humans want to act on our hurt and vengeful thoughts and when we cannot act on them, we will depend on Karma to get revenge for us.
This way of thinking is not towards a higher good; Karma is not an instrument of human justice. Further, Karma is conceptualized in Hinduism and Buddhism, not in Christianity. The Christian tenets are of forgiveness and love.
This is what makes me cringe: we don’t like politicians who do not have firm and unshakable beliefs; we don’t like capitalists who mindlessly work on their own behalf while treading on others. We get angry with people who try to “bend” truth and or reality to their own preference. This is hypocritical of us, if we say we are Christians, but we are incapable of forgiveness and would rather preach Karma.
I am not a religious person, so I am not sure what the rules are, but I do know this: Karma is not a misconception for revenge. Instead it is a holy practice for living, if you are a Buddhist or an adherent of Hinduism. It is a reflection of the golden rule; it is a macroscopic view for “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Living your life as if what you do, is what you get in return, is a way of living that ensures goodness.