Isn’t good karma enough?

Genealogy is amazing stuff. The statisticians say you only have to go back a couple of millennia and all of the Anglos are related to Julius Caesar—really!

So it’s no surprise that when people start “looking back” (psychically) into their past lives, they all find great ancestors—much better than the horse thieves and scalawags my grandpa discovered when he dug through archives the old fashioned way.

What’s a little more surprising is what they expect to find in the next round of the karmic cycle. Americans who believe in reincarnation have great optimism about the next life. In our next lives, we’re looking forward to higher status, better health, whiter teeth, a bigger house, and smarter kids … because of course, we deserve it. We’ve been pretty good people.  We’ve earned our upgrade.

That’s not how karma and reincarnation feel to most people whose parts of the world have been shaped by these doctrines. If they’re upper class—fine. They can believe that reincarnation has worked for them, just as Americans believe it has been working for them.

But for people with fewer means and more problems, karma poses a problem. If we get reincarnated as we deserve, then the difficult situation they’re living with is their fault. And who’s to say they’re going to do any better this time around?

That’s why when Christians meet people from the lower classes in those countries, Christianity sounds awfully good to them. In Christianity, you only die once. And then, it’s up to you whether you get a good next life or not.

God makes the offer of a great next life to everyone. It’s your choice whether you take it.

So what will it be? The kind of life you’ve earned, or the kind of life God gives?

I can’t wait not to reincarnate!

Copyright © 2010, Carlene Hill Byron


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