I came across an interesting article about Grace wins in the end. I thought the title reminds me of Rob Bell’s book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. The article presents a universalist perspective on the topic of grace versus karma – I find it interesting as karma (or the natural law of cause and effect) seems similar to the tree of knowledge of good and evil – for example, the principle of “do good, get good; do bad, get bad”. This is the opposite of grace, which is unearned, undeserved and unmerited favour – we get good not because we do good but because we are good (since we are also God and God is good and God is in us, therefore we are good, hence we can expect to get good).
I generally agree with the conclusion of the article:
“Here, then, is the good news of universalism about grace and karma: Karma may win the day, but grace wins in the end. The cycle of error, payback, and consequence may have us trapped, for now, but in the end grace will free us from the trap of karma. Grace is wily, and it’s not above using karma, without karma’s knowledge, to reach us with unexpected moments of serendipity and growth. Come what may, there is always more grace.”
I also thought there was a parallel between mercy triumphing over judgment, and grace triumphing over karma (law of cause and effect). It gave me a new insight to Galatians 3:13 – Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (or karma, which is based on the tree of knowledge of good and evil), that the blessings of the unconditional covenant of grace come upon our heads (Proverbs 10:6). Why blessings on our heads? I suppose it has to do with our consciousness – we will be conscious of God’s goodness and blessings, which will manifest accordingly in our life. Yea, sin (or lack or spiritual amnesia or ignorance or anything that belongs to the old Adamic curse) shall have no dominion over us because we are not under karma (or law) but we are under grace.
I believe this is why Jesus went about healing people regardless of what they had done in the past. According to that article, there are people living in some countries (like India, I think) who subscribe to some traditions which believe in karma and reincarnation, and they may choose to ignore the plights of the poor and needy (the “untouchables”) because they might be thinking why help someone if their current state was a just punishment or consequence for their misdeeds in their past lives?
I think this kind of belief system runs contrary to the heart of God’s love that is present in every human being. Perhaps Jesus’ disciples even subscribed to that belief system when they asked Jesus about the blind man in John 9, “Rabbi, who sinned – this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Jesus’ answer is emphatic – “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him”, and proceeded to heal the man of blindness (both physical and spiritual). I think this is a picture of grace triumphing over karma because Love keeps no records of wrongs. Yea, grace wins – not just in the end, but right here, right now. We all can expect to receive God’s abundance of grace, and gift of righteousness (based on our true identity in Him – innocent, blameless, precious, above reproach), and reign in life through Him.