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Posted November 25, 2009
Do we really reap what we sow? What kind of destiny awaits if we count on Karma? In Mark Herringshaw's, The Karma of Jesus, he explains Jesus' supernatural role in breaking the ancient idea of the cycle of Karma-reaping what we sow. In no way is this book grotesquely preachy or over religious, yet it can still serve as a practical apologetics tool.
Using thoughtful research, excerpts of conversations with a spiritually curious young man and intimate details of his own personal journey into the mystery of faith, Herringshaw artfully clarifies to the reader that the purpose of life is more than combating the inevitable suffering resulting from human existence through self-atonement in order to fulfill perfect balance and harmony to the universe. God created Jesus as a way out of this fate.
Jesus was (and is) God's way of "scamming" the system of Karma. Jesus, in a sense, traded the perfect Karma he created during his life on earth in exchange for all the bad Karma that ever existed (or has yet to exist) when he died on the cross. The love, mercy, and grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus, if we choose to accept these things, has the power to cancel out the eternal fate of suffering for our bad Karma.
It's good news! In fact, it's the Good News! Essentially, The Karma of Jesus reinforces and shares the foundation of Christian faith. It is a wonderful book for the skeptic, the curious, or even the seasoned Christian. Herringshaw is also the author of Six Prayers God Always Answers and Nine Ways God Always Speaks.
(thanks to Bethany House for the complimentary copy of this book)
Posted November 16, 2009
The basic purpose behind this book is to prove whether you can reconcile the teachings of Jesus with the idea of karma. (Basic answer is yes, but to see how, read the book.)
The book is mostly told through a conversation between Mark (who is a pastor, speaker and author) and Andrew (guy in rehab who has recently turned his life around and is a proponent of karma).
Andrew says that karma is the best way to live your life, because it puts you in charge and holds you accountable. As they converse, insights are had (on both sides) but no real conclusions are drawn.
It might sound like a boring book, but it's not. Examples are given using pop culture (It's a Wonderful Life, for instance, and an episode of ER) and it's a book that's both easy to read and incredibly thought-provoking.
I'm sure if you read this, it will give you a few of those "Aha!" moments.
Posted May 29, 2011
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