“Through karma. The Act of Christ becomes cosmic law, and through the Christ-Principle karma achieves its aim—the liberation of conscious souls and their identification with God. Karma is gradual redemption, Christ is the Redeemer.
“If men would steep themselves in these ideas, they would realize that they belong to one another; they would understand the law recognized in all true occult brotherhoods—namely that each individual suffers and lives for others. There will come a time in the future when outer redemption will coincide in each with the interior act of the Redeemer. It is not revelation but truth which makes men free” ‘You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.’” … When man has awakened in himself all those qualities which were prophetically manifest in the Christ, he will be a free being.” ~Rudolf Steiner
Karma and the Redeemer
Many think that the idea of a redeemer and the concept of karma are incompatible. “If a redeemer can forgive your sins,” they argue, “then haw can there be karma?”. The answer is that forgiving ones sins, mistakes, or evil acts doesn’t mean that the person does not have to repay the debt. Christ forgives, but doesn’t erase the need for restitution.
If you think about it, you will realize that if the Redeemer canceled out karma, the lesson of karma would be lost. As Steiner correctly points out, karma aims to liberate the soul that it may be once again united with God. But the soul of one who has committed murders, rape, arson and other heinous acts can not be allowed to join with God. Even one such soul would add a tiny bit of pollution to the Great Soul that is God. If hundreds, thousands, and eventually millions of such people were allowed to join with God, he would become evil as well. That obviously cannot be allowed to happen.
So the “stains” on these souls must be “washed off” and the “soap” that does that is Karma. So karma is not stopping spiritual progress, it is making it possible. We all make occasional mistakes, but if we pay off the debt, we can move on. Continue reading “Redeemer doesn’t Cancel Laws of Karma”