The reward & punishment myth of karma & sin

The theory of karma and the belief in sin and punishment are mere myths. There is really no compelling evidence in support of them. We simply believe that evil actions result in retribution and good acts result in good providence. These are just theories of convenience. There is really no valid proof of these theories.

For e.g. when we witness another person perform something bad we mentally assume that nemesis will catch up with that person. We believe that justice will eventually prevail. Similarly when we do something good, perform some altruistic act we internally assume that we gain karmic merit. Others may believe that kindness and benevolence will ultimately result in a great time in heaven or some such thing.

In reality none of this is really true. Your life is ultimately the result of choices that you make. One could be evil and still make intelligent choices and navigate through life fairly successfully. On the other hand, there are altruists who suffer because they lack basic common sense.

Simply believing that “every action results in equal and opposite reaction” is naïve.

Having said that karma & sin are mere theories and have no substance does not mean that I am advocating an immoral or evil life. Ultimately every action that we do must be based on a simple maxim “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

It is likely that the theory of karma & sin/punishment play an important role in the maintenance of law in the lives of mankind.

Ultimately it is ability to maintain the highest quality of life for mankind as a whole that should be basis for any thing that we do or don’t do.

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2 thoughts on “The reward & punishment myth of karma & sin

  1. vasuerfolg June 16, 2015 at 11:41 am Reply

    The Law of Karma can not be inferred PURELY by logic, but there is ENOUGH logical support for the Law of Karma – however the PRIMARY support comes from the VEDAS and the UPANISHADS. If one does not believe in the VEDAS and the UPANISHADS, one will obviously not believe in Karma. Then all that I can do is “WISH YOU GOOD LUCK”

    • Tinniam V Ganesh June 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm Reply

      I don’t think the Vedas or Upanishads are the last word in reality or truth. I think these scriptures were written by persons of great intellect 3000 years ago with the limited knowledge they had. These texts are not entirely relevant anymore. Parts of it may make sense just like any other book.

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