Thursday, January 7, 2021

Karma Restores Us to What We Love

Karma is a basic tenet of every religion and of most philosophies. It is a concept inextricably interwoven with justice, equity, and fairness. It has been declared to be inescapable and unalterable. 

Chapter 41 of Alma in The Book of Mormon encapsulates the idea of karma. 

...all things shall be restored to their proper order, every thing to its natural frame—mortality raised to immortality, corruption to incorruption—raised to endless happiness to inherit the kingdom of God, or to endless misery to inherit the kingdom of the devil, the one on one hand, the other on the other—

The one raised to happiness according to his desires of happiness or good according to his desires of good; and the other to evil according to his desires of evil; for as he has desired to do evil all the day long even so shall he have his reward of evil when the night cometh.

And so it is on the other hand. If he hath repented of his sins, and desired righteousness until the end of his days, even so he shall be rewarded unto happiness. ~Alma 41:4-6

 This life is temporal, or in another word, temporary. We are born, we live, we die. This life is just a phase of an eternal existence that has no beginning and no end. But we learn and grow as we go. 

What type of existence will be experience when we return to the eternal world? What type of resurrection will we inherit when we are resurrected into a permanent physical form? 

From the foregoing passage of scripture, we all will apparently have bodies that are indeed permanent, immortal, and that do not decay. But that doesn't mean that all our resurrected bodies will be of the same order; nor does it mean that we will all live in societies governed by the same order of laws. There will likely be as many different rewards as there are people.

Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you—wickedness never was happiness...

And now behold, is the meaning of the word restoration to take a thing of a natural state and place it in an unnatural state, or to place it in a state opposite to its nature?

...the meaning of the word restoration is to bring back again evil for evil, or carnal for carnal, or devilish for devilish—good for that which is good; righteous for that which is righteous; just for that which is just; merciful for that which is merciful...

For that which ye do send out shall return unto you again, and be restored...
~Alma 41:10,12,13,15

That which we send out returns to us. What goes around comes around. As ye reap so shall ye sow. What do I love? What do I desire? What do you love? What do you desire? Maybe it's time for us to repent some more. Karma is karma.

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Orem, Utah—7 January 2021—©2021 Daniel Kemper Lubben

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