- Pretty much all religions that believe in reincarnation do not believe that there is an indispensable Savior needed to redeem all mankind. Instead, eternal justice is gradually applied through the cause and effect concept of Karma.
- As individuals live their lives and make choices, they accumulate either good or bad karma. Some of the consequences of good or bad karma may be returned to a person in their life, as in an actualization of the adage “what goes around, comes around.”
- Karma that is not meted out within one’s life is applied after one dies, through reincarnation. Whatever form one’s soul, or essence, is reborn into is a physical manifestation of their accumulated karma from their previous incarnation.
With the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are (and always have been) on a path of eternal progression. Mortal life on this earth occurs only once. While this life is frequently a time and place of suffering, it is also a place of experiencing opposites — thus it can also be a place of great joy, love, maturing, and development. It’s a once-in-an-eternity opportunity to exercise a license of self-determination — to make one’s own choices, and yet be extended the opportunity to escape the imminent retributions of consequential justice for our poor choices, if (and only if) we accept and live up to the covenants and commandments of the Law of Mercy, made possible by the atonement of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
With reincarnation, growth comes through innumerable successive experiences of mortality. However, because future incarnations are determined through the accumulated karma of the previous life, it is possible that even after numerous lives of progress, one extremely poor mortal cycle can cause a tremendous regression. In fact, the popular board game Chutes and Ladders (by game manufacturer Milton Bradley) originated in India under the name Snakes and Ladders, and the concept of the game is based squarely on the potential progression or regression of successive mortal cycles due to karma 7. There is no recourse nor opportunity to obtain mercy — imminent eternal justice is thereby forever ruthlessly enforced.
Beginnings and Endings
- Almighty God begins and ends His work in cycles.
- Human mortality on this earth began with Adam and Eve several thousands of years ago.