Have you ever noticed that most “Christians” seem to really be Hindu, or maybe even Buddhists? They may not call themselves such, but behind the label they give themselves is a belief system that says otherwise. I began thinking about this (again) after reading a post at Kyle, a blog bud in Vancouver’s, place.
What is this belief that Christians and Hindus (and Buddhists, and Taoists, and Muslims, and Jews) all share alike? It is Karma. “Do good, do good, do good.” You might refer to it as the “moral law”. You know what I mean, the idea that “what goes around comes around”. If you’re a Christian, you may find yourself snipping, “I don’t think that, that’s ridiculous” or something of the sort. But wait, isn’t that line of thinking essential to “Christian” thought? Of course it is. If you do the right thing, i.e. “accept Christ”, you “get into Heaven”. If you do the wrong thing, not “accept Christ”, you burn in “Hell”. Cause and Effect. Karma.
So what separates “Christianity” from any other religion? Perhaps the more accurate question would be, “what is supposed to separate Christianity from any other world religion?” How can “Christians” say that, “God is love”, yet say that if you mess up He’ll condemn you to Hell? How could an unconditionally loving God divvy out blessings and curses based on the “right” or “wrong” choices a person may make? What if they made that/those choices out of ignorance?
Christians do say they believe something different than “other” religions, but the doctrine is the same in the end, don’t you think? They say that God is love and He loves everyone unconditionally, but in the end, it’s still Karma. Does that duality bother anybody?