Karma and Christ’s Sacrifice
Why did Jesus teach forgiveness?
by Michael F. O’Keeffe
Let’s begin with some karma FAQ’s
Q What is karma?
A Karma is God’s law of perfect justice.
Q What is this law of perfect justice?
A The law of karma is simply stated in various books of scripture and is summarized in this simple statement:
“Each person must reap what he has sown.” When you strike another in the face, you have sown a seed, and it grows, and in time, the harvest comes; and you will be struck in the face. Thus, the doer of good and the doer of evil always reap what they have sown. Those who forgive others their trespasses, debts and offenses will be forgiven theirs; those who retaliate and seek vengeance when offended, will receive no forgiveness, but will reap a harvest of retaliation and vengeance.
Any person, who treats others with unkindness and unwillingness to help, will soon experience a dearth of kindness and helpfulness. The thief will eventually discover his goods have been stolen, and the murderer will eventually be a murder victim. Groups of people (as well as individuals) can create Karma. Indeed, a culture that practices enslavement of neighboring tribes or civilizations, will eventually be conquered by a stronger nation, and be sold into bondage. (As ye sow, so shall ye reap.)
Q How can this be?
A The seeds of karma grow slowly. If you are struck in the face today, this incident may be “the harvest” from a seed you had sown long ago, even in a past incarnation. Thus, the murderer, who seems to escape punishment (by using wealth and employing crafty lawyers) never really escapes justice, for he will (soon enough) become a murder victim – in this lifetime, or in a future incarnation.
Q What about Jesus? Was His crucifixion the harvest of a seed he had sown?
A As a mature Son of God, Jesus was granted his inheritance (all the powers of God). He was totally innocent (and he was born with a clean karmic slate), yet he knew it was time for him to demonstrate Christ’s power to conquer death. Therefore, he handed His life over to the angry mob, which came to arrest him. By the power of the law of karma, he could have easily escaped. Thus, his crucifixion truly was a sacrifice. (And God gave him a great gift as he offered up himself.)
(The following paragraphs explain karma in more detail.)
Nearly every time I hear someone use the word “karma,” he (or she) uses it in a way, which indicates they don’t fully understand the meaning of the word.. Apparently, few people truly understand the profound meaning and implications of karma. This essay is intended to clear up the ambiguities.
Let’s begin with the first of several basic statements. 1. Nothing happens to a person unless he (or she) has caused it to happen. If you don’t understand this statement, you need to read on. This is very important. He who does not understand this will continue to cause unpleasant and tragic things to happen to him – until he understands, and rectifies the situation.
Karma is God’s law of Perfect Justice. Whatever a person does to any other person always rebounds. The person who slaps another in the face will eventually be slapped in the face. The person who lies to another will be lied to. The person who spies on another will be spied upon. The selfish officer of a corporation, who swindles “grandmothers” and common people to enhance his bank accounts, will one day become a pauper who is swindled. The slanderer will be slandered, and the murderer will be murdered. Thus, we have statement number 2: There is no such thing as an innocent victim. Except for Christ, all maltreated people are victims of their own misdeeds – returning through karma; they are not innocent victims.
Jesus was certainly innocent, but he was not a victim. How can this be? By the divine power within him, he felt no pain or humiliation, when his executioners stripped him, abused him, and nailed him to the cross. Except for the sacrifice of a Christ, every abused or maltreated person is merely the victim of his own misdeeds, which have rebounded – by the law of karma. This brings us to the third statement: The law of karma never fails.
How can this be? This question is best answered by statement number 4: Karma is often carried over into future incarnations. Let’s take for example, the little child who has an abusive parent, who beats him (or her) whenever the child refuses to eat a certain food. People who do not understand karma tend to think, “how cruel and abusive,” and they condemn the abusive parent. The wise person, on the other hand, knows that God’s Law of Karma is at work. The child who experiences abuse must have once abused a child in like manner in a past incarnation, because nothing happens to a person unless he (or she) has caused it to happen (through the law of karma). This does not excuse the parent who currently abuses a child; he (or she) too will experience the abuse he is now giving out. God’s karmic law always brings abusive people into the lives of those who have abused.
Note: Anyone can break out of the cycle of negative karma at any time – simply by choosing not to abuse another person when the temptation arises. One who has much negative karma in his past, who wishes to break out, may have to spend a lifetime (or more) overcoming all the temptations to abuse other human beings.
Many people find this difficult to accept; yet it is the truth, and disliking the truth does not change it. The wise person, instead of condemning the abusive parent, recognizes that the abused child is being given an opportunity to forgive himself. (Children are naturally very forgiving.) The abused child who forgives the abusive elder has paid a debt he owes to God and Man, and through this forgiveness, he has forgiven himself. Statement number 5: All of us must forgive all our past misdeeds. Even a serial murderer must forgive his own murderer (many times) when he eventually reaps the dreadful harvest, many times – from all the murderous seeds he has sown.
Some people seem to think they can escape the consequences of their actions. Yet, if a person, in a fit of senseless or vengeful rage, takes the lives of others, and then takes his own, he has not escaped retribution; for he is sure to fall victim (in future incarnations) to similarly enraged persons. (And he must receive this awful karma at least as many times as the number of people he murdered – and he must forgive every one.)
Even men who have ambushed enemy forces during war will come upon a time when they are ambushed, and they must forgive. We are God’s Children, and our Father-God requires all of us to forgive all, in order that we may forgive ourselves, and thereby become worthy (after many incarnations) of traveling The Return Path to Eden.
Some abused children need to forgive much, because in a past incarnation they were very abusive, and if the abused child is beaten to death by his parent, it is certain that he himself (or herself) once beat a child to death. Otherwise, the mortal beating would not (could not) happen. Karma, the divine law of perfect justice, NEVER fails.
When the soul of the dead child discovers himself to be expelled from his (or her) smashed and useless body, his tendency is still to forgive. The forgiveness tendency in children is very strong indeed. Children are very Godlike when it comes to forgiveness, because their love for their parents and elders is so strong. Why is this?
Before any child incarnates into this world, he (or she) is given a heavy dose of “godliness.” God loves all and forgives all, and he infuses a lavish amount of this Love and forgiveness into the soul of a child before birth. All children are given this gift. Yet, in spite of our Father’s great love for us, we must not forget this truth – statement number 6: God never suspends His Law of Karma (with one rare exception, which is explained later).
God’s love for us is so strong, that even the most brutal, vile and evil person is given opportunities to forgive himself – through karma, until he has forgiven himself all his past transgressions, and becomes a kind and loving child of God – after many incarnations (very many).
The next time someone does some mean or evil thing to you, just remember: this is God’s way of saying to you; “now is your opportunity to forgive yourself.” Just because you don’t remember being equally mean or evil doesn’t change the fact that you were. When someone steals something from you, it’s because you once stole, and now is your chance to pay some karmic debt – through forgiveness.
Everything that happens to you (good or evil) is YOU coming back to yourself (through another child of God). If you forgive, you have done well; for you have made use of the opportunity to forgive yourself; an opportunity which our Father-God has given you. If you, on the other hand, accuse, condemn and seek punishment and retaliation, you have created additional karmic debt, which will come back to you one day. We can now summarize with statement number 7: Karma is God’s way of holding up a mirror to yourself. Do you like what you see? Can you forgive yourself?
Let’s now discuss the second part of this essay, Christ’s sacrifice. I mentioned before that the law of karma never fails and that God does not suspend karma. This is true, but there is ONE exception to the “law of no suspension.” In order to explain this exception, we need to take a closer look at the protective nature of karma.
If some person decides do some evil thing to a person who does not have such karma, the evil-minded person will fail in his endeavor. Let’s say a bully decides to beat up another child. If the other child has no “beating up karma” in his past, the bully will fail in his endeavor. Something (a person or a circumstance) will prevent the beating. This is the protective feature of the law of karma. This brings us to Statement number 8: The protective feature of the law of karma, also, never fails.
Now we can discuss the ONE exception to the law of karma: this is called Christ’s Sacrifice. Statement number 9: Christ, a person who has paid all karmic debt, may suspend karmic protection; as Jesus did in Gethsemane.
Many people in high places tried to bring about Jesus’ death many times. However, their efforts always came to naught; he always escaped unharmed by some event or circumstance, because he had no murder-karma. However, God gives to Christ (and those who diligently follow him) the power to suspend the protective nature of karma.
Jesus utilized his power to suspend karmic protection when he was arrested in the orchard of Gethsemane. He could have easily escaped (as he did many times) but he knew it was time for Christ to demonstrate man’s ability to conquer death. Therefore, he handed his life over to the angry mob. His crucifixion truly was a Sacrifice.*
More about Karma – in Jesus’ own words!
Another karmic reference – in his own words.
* (And Jesus said) The hour has come and we must go to Bethany.
7) But his disciples urged him not to go; they said,
The Jews are waiting your return that they may take your life.
8) And Jesus said,
Men cannot take my life till I have handed unto them my life.
9) And when the time shall come I will myself lay down my life; that time is near, and God knows best; I must arise and go. (from Chapter 148 of the Aquarian Gospel.)
“And wicked men
will seize you in the streets, and as you kneel in prayer; will charge you with
some legal crime, and think they serve their God by putting you to death.
20) But falter not; the load will heavy be, but with the consciousness of duty done, the peace of God will lift the load, dispel the pain and light the way.” (AG 127 19-20)