Most Christians are Hindus

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?

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  • Mike D

    Not quite sure where you’re coming from on this one. The “accept Christ” then “go to heaven” cause-effect you describe is only true from our limited point of view. God does the “saving”, “by grace through faith”. Accepting Christ – the faith part – comes third; before that, it’s all God. No amount of good deeds or moral choices will earn a ticket to heaven without the application of Christ’s death for our sins.

  • KayBrooks

    May I suggest a book called “Love Trumps Karma Uncovering the truth you know you know” by Karyn Henley?

  • Jeffrey

    Kay, i’ve actually read that book and LOVE IT! I actually posted on it back in June.

    Mike, I see where you’re coming from. But personally, when I slice it down as far as I can, I’m still staring face to face with the reality that regardless of how much and which parts of the process are “all God”, there is still a human cause that dictates the effect…from the traditional perspective that is.

    One question would be, “what is the alternative”.

  • KayBrooks

    My apologies for the repeat, then. I just discovered you.

  • Jeffrey

    no need for the apologies Kay. glad you decided to stop by and discuss. feel free to do so any time.

  • Rick

    Maybe God isn’t a belief system.

    Where would that leave us?