Is there a karma wheel in the Bible?

by Matt Slick

The idea of a Karma Wheel is not biblical.  Karma is associated with reincarnation and reincarnation is also not biblical.  Karma is supposed to be the summation of good and bad deeds in our lives that then determine what level of incarnation a person has in his next life.  Karma and reincarnation are Hindu ideas and are not biblical. Nevertheless, let's take a look at what a Karma Wheel is supposed to be.

  • "The Wheel of Karma is the Alchemy Wheel of Creation that spirals around as if in the loops of a slinky toy allowing souls to move consciousness from one level of awareness to another. There are no soul contracts. Your soul's programming, everything you do, is based on your encoded DNA, released as if a time capsule as one's frequency changes."1
  • "Our current life, for that matter all lives, is bounded by the wheel of Karma. Past life Karmas are the reason for incarnation of the Soul in this world. The Soul incarnates at a prefixed time and place according to Karmas of the past life."fn]

From these quotes, we can see that a karma wheel is the cycle of incarnations of life that are based upon the deeds, both good and bad, performed by an individual.  But, nothing in Scripture speaks of reincarnation. If anything, the contrary is stated.

  • Hebrews 9:27, "And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment."
  • 2 Corinthians 5:10, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad."
  • Jude 14-15, "...Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

The Bible says

The Bible says that it is appointed to men to die once then judgment (Hebrews 9:27). This judgment is carried out by Jesus (2 Cor. 5:10; Jude 14-15) with the result being condemnation or salvation. This then means there can be no reincarnation. Furthermore, if there is no reincarnation, then karma is meaningless. If karma is meaningless, there is no "Wheel of Karma."

Problems with karma and reincarnation

There is an problem with the concept of karma and reincarnation. Basically, in reincarnation teaching, a person comes into existence from the spiritual realm and has a first incarnation. His goal is to learn and to progress through various incarnations (samsara), with improving karma, so that eventually he or she achieves Nirvana and stops progressing through the cycle of births.  He then ceases to exist as an individual and enters a state of interconnected transcendence with all things.

But, this means that at the first incarnation the person had perfect karma because there had been no previous earthly incarnation and therefore he had done nothing wrong. His Karma is without blemish. It is perfect. Yet, in karma/reincarnation theology, such a person fails to achieve nirvana and continues through the cycle of birth and rebirth (samsara). But, why does he fail to reach nirvana after his first incarnation since he had perfect karma? The general responses that a person has things to learn which can only be aquired through various reincarnations. But, again, if a person could not learn what was necessary with perfect karma, how is he or she expected to learn what is necessary with imperfect karma? Furthermore, when the person learns whatever it is he is supposed to learn, he then reaches a state of nirvana, the incarnation stop, and he loses his self-identity, and then he transcends all things. But, if the person loses all sense of self-identity, then what good is it to learn the lessons that the repeated cycle of reincarnation requires?

It makes no sense.




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About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.