Biblical Karma?

His trouble comes back on his head, and his violence comes down on his skull. I will thank Yahweh according to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of Yahweh, the Most High.

Psalms 7:16-17

Talking about concepts such as Karma was taboo in Christian circles at one time. The concept of Karma is a Hindu or Indian philosophy where a person’s actions, good or bad, will have a reciprocal effect, most likely in another life. Now that New Age philosophy has taken over the Christian churches, with its crystals and spirituality, this may not raise too many eyebrows amongst average church attendees as in the past.

The enemies of Yahweh’s people are going to fall into the very trap they have set. A person’s actions will return on to their own head, whether good or bad. These are all Biblical concepts, and sound much like “Karma”. There is no reincarnation or a pantheon of gods with Biblical Karma, just one supreme God who executes His justice.

Psa 7:8 Yahweh judges the nations. O Yahweh, vindicate me according to my innocence and according to my integrity within me.
Psa 7:9 Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous, and test the hearts and innermost being, O righteous God.
Psa 7:10 My shield is with God who saves the upright of heart.
Psa 7:11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who has indignation every day.
Psa 7:12 If he does not repent, he will sharpen his sword. He has bent his bow and he has strung it.
Psa 7:13 And he has prepared for him weapons of death. He has made his arrows fiery shafts.
Psa 7:14 See, he travails with evil. He is pregnant with trouble, and he gives birth to deception.
Psa 7:15 He makes a pit and digs it out, then falls in the trap he has made.
Psa 7:16 His trouble comes back on his head, and his violence comes down on his skull.

Psa 7:17 I will thank Yahweh according to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of Yahweh, the Most High.

Jesus, or in Hebrew, Yeshua, made this concept clear in His sermon on the mount. It is the meek, poor in spirit individual that will inherit the Earth, not the proud and arrogant.

Mat 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Mat 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Mat 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Mat 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Mat 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Yahweh is a just God. It is the “merciful that will receive mercy”. what about the wicked?

Eze 7:1 And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
Eze 7:2 “And you, son of man, thus says the Lord Yahweh to the land of Israel: ‘The end comes, the end on the four corners of the land.
Eze 7:3 Now the end is on you, and I will send my anger on you, and I will judge you according to your ways, and I will bring on you all your detestable things.
Eze 7:4 And my eye will not take pity on you, and I will not show compassion for your ways; on you I will bring your detestable things; they will be in the midst of you, and you will know that I am Yahweh.’
Eze 7:5 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘Look! Disaster after disaster is coming!
Eze 7:6 The end comes, comes the end! It has awakened against you! Look! It comes!
Eze 7:7 Doom is coming against you, the dweller of the land; the time comes, the day is near, panic and not joy is on the mountains.
Eze 7:8 Soon I will pour out my rage on you, and I will fully vent my anger on you, and I will judge you according to your ways, and I will bring on you all of your detestable things.
Eze 7:9 And my eye will not take pity, and I will not show compassion. According to your ways I will deal with you, and your detestable things will be in the midst of you, and you will know that I am Yahweh who strikes.

Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is going to judge the people of the Earth according to their ways. This sounds a lot like the definition of Karma. The difference is that Yahweh is the one who makes the rules determining what righteousness and mercy actually looks like, as opposed to some distorted, manmade view.

Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Joh 14:7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Joh 14:8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”
Joh 14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Joh 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
Joh 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

The Messiah tells us He is the “the way, and the truth, and the life”, and no one comes to the Father any other way. What does this mean? Yeshua is the living Word of Yah the Father. The Father’s words manifested themself in human flesh.

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 He was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
Joh 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Joh 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
Joh 1:7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
Joh 1:8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
Joh 1:9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
Joh 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
Joh 1:11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
Joh 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
Joh 1:13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Joh 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

“The word became flesh and dwelt among us”. This concept is not taught and causes a huge misunderstanding as a result. It is not taught because if the reality that Messiah is the embodiment of the Torah, prophets and writings, ie God’s Word, was brought to light, Christians who adhere to a lawless gospel would have a fit, likely skipping their weekly offering they pay to hear “smooth things”.

Isa 30:8 Now go, write it on a tablet with them, and inscribe it on a scroll, that it may be for the time to come, forever, forever.
Isa 30:9 For it is a people of rebellion, deceitful children, children who are not willing to hear the instruction of Yahweh,
Isa 30:10 who say to those who do see, “You must not see!” and to the seers, “You must not see truth for us; speak smooth things to us, see illusions,
Isa 30:11 turn aside from the way, turn aside from the path, put an end to the holy one of Israel from our face.”
Isa 30:12 Therefore the holy one of Israel says this: “Because you are rejecting this word and you trust in oppression and cunning and you rely on it,
Isa 30:13 therefore this iniquity shall come for you like a breach about to fall, bulging out on a high wall that breaks suddenly, in an instant.
Isa 30:14 And he breaks it like a vessel of a potter breaks, that is crushed; he has no compassion, and no potsherd is found among its fragments to take fire from the hearth, or to skim water from the cistern.”
Isa 30:15 For the Lord Yahweh, the holy one of Israel, said this: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; your strength shall be in quietness and in trust.” But you were not willing,

We are being told by Isaiah that these words were to be written for a time to come, “forever, forever”. Would our present day not fit that description? People do not want to hear the righteous path or “the way”. “The way” showed up in person, and the church tries to make a different way. They say Jesus is the way, but they don’t explain what “the way” is. They make up a new, dispensational way that severs “the way” that Jesus personified.

Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

If Jesus is the way and the truth, and no one comes to the Father any other way, would it not also mean that the way and truth are the only way as well? So if you seek the way and the truth, then you are seeking Jesus because he is the way and the truth. What is truth then?

Psa 119:153 Resh Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.
Psa 119:154 Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to your promise!
Psa 119:155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek your statutes.
Psa 119:156 Great is your mercy, O LORD; give me life according to your rules.
Psa 119:157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
Psa 119:158 I look at the faithless with disgust, because they do not keep your commands.
Psa 119:159 Consider how I love your precepts! Give me life according to your steadfast love.
Psa 119:160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

The name of Jesus, Yeshua, actually means the salvation of Yah. So, Yeshua is far from the wicked. The sum of the Father’s word is truth. It is the Father’s words that are truth, and this is the same thing Jesus says He has personified.

When Jesus said he is the way, the truth and the life, it means He exemplified the life we are to live if we are going to walk in the “way” and “truth” which are already defined in scripture. Jesus did not make a new religion “unhitched” from the way and truth defined in scripture as much as people would like to be.

Joh 10:1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.

Joh 10:7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
Joh 10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
Joh 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Joh 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Joh 10:12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
Joh 10:13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
Joh 10:14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
Joh 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Joh 10:16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

He is talking to the sheep of Judah and referring to the lost sheep of the House of Israel being in a different fold. There will be one shepherd for the united House of Jacob. Remember when Jesus said, “if you have seen me you have seen the Father”? The Word of God speaking through Ezekiel said the same thing as Jesus. This shouldn’t be a surprise though.

Eze 34:14 I will feed them in good pasture, and their pasture will be on the mountains of the heights of Israel; there they will lie down in good pasture, and on lush pasture they will feed on the mountains of Israel.
Eze 34:15 I myself will feed my flock and I myself will allow them to lie down,” declares the Lord Yahweh.
Eze 34:16 “I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the scattered, and I will bind up the one hurt, and I will strengthen the sick; and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed her with justice.”

Many don’t realize that Jesus is the Word of Yahweh and the salvation of Yahweh. They cannot be separated in dispensational economies. Jesus also told us he will repay us with the works of our hands.

Rev 2:20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.
Rev 2:21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.
Rev 2:22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works,
Rev 2:23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.

Unlike Buddhism and Hinduism’s version of Karma, we know the force behind “trouble coming back on our head” is a law of the universe that Yah has established. It is just scales and balances, not a mystical force created by our own actions.

The Jesus, or Yeshua, of the New Testament, is the Word of Yah from the Old Testament. If your version of Jesus is different than Yahweh, then you are serving a different, false god in a new religion.

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