Karma

Part of my reading this morning:

The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.

Apparently some guy named Brit Hume has had the temerity to publically state that his advice to Tiger Woods would be to convert to Christianity.  “He’s said to be a Buddhist,” Hume noted. “I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith.”  Entirely predictably, the demonic hordes, acting as they are wont to do, have driven members of the Chattering Classes absolutely insane with irrational rage over this comment.  In exposing the ridiculous nature of the outrage, Ross Douhat says, in part:

But what Hume said wasn’t bigoted: Indeed, his claim about the difference between Buddhism and Christianity was perfectly defensible. Christians believe in a personal God who forgives sins. Buddhists, as a rule, do not. And it’s at least plausible that Tiger Woods might welcome the possibility that there’s Someone out there capable of forgiving him, even if Elin Nordegren and his corporate sponsors never do.

A perfectly sensible thing to say, given that Buddhism is, at most, agnostic about the existence of a Supreme Being. 

However, some person named Kate Madison, in response, states:

Have you not heard of the Buddhist concept of Karma? That means what goes around comes around (simplified Americanese), so you’d better try to get it right somehow this time–or else you will pay big time in your next life!

In what possible universe can this be construed as some sort of response to Douhat’s statement?  Oh right, our ignorant universe.  The “Buddhist concept of Karma” is precisely the antithesis of Christian redemption.  It is, essentially, the notion that you reap what you sow.  And the crux of the matter, in this case, is that Tiger Woods has sown himself a world of karmic hurt.  Precisely why, it could be argued, it might make sense for Tiger to avail himself of the Son of Man’s authority to forgive sins.  Meaning, done, finito, he’s at peace with the universe in the ultimate sense, though temporally, there may be some issues to continue to work through.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

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~ by Rob on January 12, 2010.

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