Karma and Sin,…exactly the same with a different label..? Fear based and fear driven attributes of different religions designed to make sense of the seemingly unexplainable via a theoretical definition that doubles as a conceptual fear based social control mechanism.
The word ‘Karma’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Karman’, meaning action/reaction/deed. The concept of Karma reigns supreme in eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism) but the concept does strike parallels with western Christianity.
Karma’s core concept is centred on balance, fairness and divine cosmic universal justice. It is an impersonal universal force that determines the metering out of punishment and reward, all of which is decided upon by the Great Karmic Board. This information can be found anywhere if you care to delve into the history of Karma and its origins.
Eastern religions have us believe that we supposably reincarnate to balance our Karma and evolve spiritually until we have balanced enough Karma to achieve liberation from the wheel of rebirth. This ultimate state of liberation is known as Moksha or Nirvana, the (believed) place we are allowed to dwell after we have paid our Karmic debt. Karmic theory denotes that we enter into this life with a Karmic debt to pay, or we would otherwise not consciously choose to enter the realm of the relative and leave Nirvana. The exception to this would be to incarnate only to assist others in achieving their Karmic balance, therefore helping them in their quest to return to Nirvana.
We can also die having not balanced our Karma and leave this life with further Karmic debts to pay for in the next lifetime… Sudden and unexpected deaths are also explained away as having to pay the Karmic debt via a traumatic death. Or perhaps one dying suddenly because their Karma is perfectly balanced and they have no need to exist in the realm of the relative anymore.
The assumption that we only incarnate to balance Karmic debt implies that we are imperfect before we are even born. We are only here to suffer, as a means to balance our Karma, so we don’t have to be reborn again…
Christianity has us suffer for an eternity based on all the mortal sins we have committed in this one and only lifetime. Buddhism has us suffer lifetime after lifetime for Karma we created lifetimes ago…
Christianity gives us only one lifetime, because to think otherwise is a sin. Whether it is sinful enough to land you in the great lake of fire for eternity with your teeth gnashing is questionable, or perhaps belief in reincarnation would be just a venial sin which would only land you in purgatory for certain time.
So do you want to suffer for eternity as a consequence for one life, that you sinfully mislead…..Or do you want to suffer lifetime after lifetime until you correctly balance the Karma you created in another lifetime that you can’t remember.
The concept of Karma is just as flawed and crude as the concept of sin. Both words have connotations of fear attached to them and both words attempt to conceptualise a childish notion that life is based on punishment and reward…good and evil…