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What is “karma?” Consequences. We reap precisely what we sow.
There’s a strange species of a husband who ran loose with an extramarital affair involving his company employee. It was discovered by his wife.
In therapy together, the husband first expressed remorse to his wife. But unfortunately, his true colors eventually gave way.
Two things occurred to him (“counterfactualizing”):
1. All his desires (no matter how wrong or inappropriate) are still done and fulfilled by him;
2. All guilt (no matter how justified) is rationalized, erased, or explained away.
So you can imagine the betrayed wife’s suffering and pain over her husband’s repetitive offense.
The “karma” or consequences due to this unfaithful husband may not come soon ... but in one form or another, it will come.
It’s a familiar scenario.
Like drinking a hundred beers in one night to see if your stomach can take it. Or using and selling shabu in a neighborhood. Or stealing money from your company. Or stroking an alligator to see if he bites.
We can predict the consequences - one ultimately reaps disaster.
“When the bills come due, the wages of willful sin are paid in full. God may seem slow, but He doesn’t compromise with consequences,” as Dr. Chuck Swindoll puts it in spiritual terms.
In the same vein, Scriptures affirm the principle of “karma:”
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption ...” (Galatians 6:7-8a)
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