Karma, Fate, Destiny

Karma, Fate, Destiny

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Missionaries Norman and Selma Oetker at our home in Saint Charles Missouri US. November 2013
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June 2015.

Many people say they believe in karma, fate, or destiny. But what do these words mean?

The following definitions are taken from Websters New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition.

Karma–Buddhism,Hinduism; the totality of a person’s actions in any one of the successive states of that person’s existence, thought of as determining the fate of the next stage.

Fate–1. the power or agency supposed to determine the outcome of events before they occur  2. something inevitable, supposedly determined by this power

Destiny–1. the seemingly inevitable or necessary succession of events

2. what will necessarily happen to any person or thing; one’s fate

3. that which determines events; said of either a supernatural agency or 0f necessity


Let’s first look at the definition of karma. It is evidently a tenet of Buddhism and Hinduism. Yet, I’ve heard people laughingly say they believe in karma, and they probably don’t know what it really means.

The Protestant Christian Bible New Testament refutes this belief, in the Book of Hebrews.

[Hebrews 9:27-28 NIV] 27 Just as people are destined to die ONCE, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

The Protestant Christian Bible is the ONLY TRUE REVELATION OF GOD. God says that people only die ONCE. There is no such thing as reincarnation or successive stages of life. There is NO DO-OVERS!

Looking at the definition of fate, how can you blindly believe in some vague unknown power determining the outcome of the affairs of your life?

The word Destiny is similar in meaning to Fate. It is like saying, whatever will be, will be. One might say, “I grew up in poverty, so my fate is to always be poor . My grandparents were poor, my parents were poor, so it’s inevitable for me to be poor, because some unknown god or power has determined this to be my fate”.

This kind of belief leads to hopelessness!

But there is HOPE for you, and for everyone!


John 3:16 KJV – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 KJV – For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

God’s only begotten Son is Jesus.

God is a Spirit Being, a Spiritual Substance, Three-Persons-in One, known as The Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all equal in power.

God loves the world, that is, all people, so much, that He wants everyone to be saved.

That means that God does not want anyone to go to hell, but has made a way for everyone to go to heaven.

That “Way” is through repentance and faith in Jesus.

Jesus said in the Protestant Christian Bible New Testament:

John 14:6 KJV – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Repentance is making a decision to turn your heart and will to God, surrendering control of your life to Him, and obeying the teachings of Jesus, the Apostles, and evangelists in the Protestant Christian Bible New Testament.

2 Peter 3:9 KJV – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

God is longing for you to turn to him in repentance. HE LOVES YOU!

However, you have to make a choice.


So is Heaven!

If you don’t make a conscious decision to choose Heaven by repenting, then by default you choose HELL!

Don’t continue to live your life in hopelessness, or believing in some vague “thing” that controls your life. Turn to JESUS! HE IS REAL!, THE ONLY TRUE GOD !

Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV – 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. 

Missionary Selma

June 2015 St. Charles, MO, U.S…