Yay for cognitive dissonance!

Or self-contradiction, whichever way you want to spin it…

Comment here:

Never having met Taylar I found her and her mom using public records. She has been wrongly portrayed and her and her mom are wonderful christains (sic). …There (sic) two side of a story and those of you who trash her w/o true factual knowllllledge (sic) are similar to the stoning of the woman in the Bible (sic) – but I believe in karma and God will bring you an equal fate in a few years where you can experience the same pain

A Christian who believes in karma? Religious FAIL. As anyone who knows anything about Christianity knows, the concept of karma is completely incompatible with Christian doctrine. Karma basically is the concept that you get what you deserve, right on up through some supposed reincarnation. The doctrine of Christianity, on the other hand, says that even if you do bad things, you can be saved by the grace of God, that Jesus ultimately sacrificed his life so you wouldn’t get what you deserve for doing bad things. You could very well say that if there is such a thing as karma — that we all ultimately get what we deserve — Jesus ultimately died for nothing, and that’s arguably the most blasphemous thing one could ever say or think from a Christian perspective. Ultimately that’s what one believes, if one believes in karma.

Every time this whole thing comes up I think of the woman I was dating before I met Sabra, the one we came to call Kitty-Eater. She would proclaim her devout Christianity often, yet sometimes it seemed every other word out of her mouth had something to do with karma. I didn’t think about it at the time — not really at all until I met Sabra; up until then I thought it was just annoying — but later on I wondered if she was ever aware of the contradiction. Smart money says the answer is no. I don’t know just how many self-professed Christians believe in karma — but I really hope it’s not that many, because I hate to think people could be so ignorant about their own religion.



4 Responses to “Yay for cognitive dissonance!”

  1. JD(not the one with the picture) Says:

    Before there can be cognitive dissonance, there must first be cognition. Gnome sane? Non cogito, ergo dumb.

  2. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    Karma isn’t “up to and through reincarnation”; it’s entirely in the next life. The idea is that the good and the bad you do influence how you are reincarnated, and also how many more incarnations you have to go through. (You don’t get to stop until you have learned the lessons you are supposed to learn, in other words.) American pop culture has co-opted it to mean “what goes around comes around,” but it is much, much more nuanced than that (we seem to think karma accrues only as a result of the bad things we do, for example). Any concept that relies upon reincarnation (in part or in whole) is rather self-evidently at odds with Christianity, but there are no few Christians these days who, to put it nicely, are spiritual rather than religious.

  3. Albatross Says:

    American pop culture has co-opted it to mean “what goes around comes around,” …

    Or, more likely, “you’re gonna get what’s coming to you, because you pissed me off”. Either way, it’s pretty wrong.

  4. mick Says:

    You think religion is invalid if it contains contradictions? Which religions does that leave?

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