Portraits of Superstition: Kismet Kate and Karma Counterfeit (The Devious Twins)

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Portraits of Superstition: 7 Common Superstitions Christian Women Need to Ditch
This seven article series paints seven portraits of superstition — common superstitions that have infiltrated our culture and even our Christianity. Some of these portraits are autobiographical. All of them are worthy of self-reflection.

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To read Portrait One: The Obnoxious Knocker click here.
To read Portrait Two: The Pagan Prayer Warrior click here.
To read Portrait Three: The Deal-Maker click here.

Portrait Four: Kismet Kate and Karma Counterfeit (The Devious Twins)

Kismet Kate and Karma Counterfeit are the millennial flower children of the New Age Movement. They don’t want to judge anyone because what goes around comes around. These girls possess superstitious beliefs in fate and destiny, and they try to be good in order to stay on the right side of Karma. They believe their soul mates are out their somewhere, just waiting to be found. These two sistas don’t let anyone dull their sparkle because they were made for greatness!

So what is all this? It’s muddy and confusing, and sadly, this is the muck and mire in which most millennials (I would argue even Christian millennials) are stuck right now.

Karma and Kismet are not Christian beliefs. While they sound like they could easily be Christian explanations of God’s justice and providence, respectively; the truth is they are destructive counterfeits that have nothing to do with God at all. In fact, these ideologies are anti-Christian. We must avoid this kind of thinking and reject these belief-systems.

REMEMBER

Karma
Let’s start with Karma. Karma comes from Buddhism and Hinduism. Karma’s mantra: What goes around, comes around. In our syncretistic society many people, religious or not, believe in Karma. A woman who believes in Karma seems peaceful, like a peacemaker even, because she doesn’t seek revenge. However, this is only because she’s trusting in Karma to enact revenge on her behalf. She envisions her adversary being reincarnated as a beetle, and it brings her peace. When it comes to Christianity, Karma is a counterfeit form of God’s justice. It’s the wooden nickel. Don’t take it! Don’t be swindled. Our All-Mighty Perfect Judge does not operate in such finite forms. His ways are so much higher and more righteous than ours (Rom 12:19).

You may be asking now, Well why do bad people get good things, then? That’s not justice! If Karma isn’t real, then when will my enemies reap what they sow? That’s a good question.

It starts with common grace. Common grace is, “general blessings [from God] to all mankind.”1

“The designation ‘common’ stresses that all mankind is the recipient of God’s common grace. Material provisions are one aspect of common grace. Jesus commanded His followers to love their enemies because God exhibits His love toward all people (Matt. 5:45). God gives sunshine and rainfall to the atheistic farmer that enables him to harvest his crop just as He provides for the Christian farmer… In Psalm 145: 8-9 the psalmist exults: ‘The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works.’ God’s grace and mercy are particularly exhibited in His delay and withholding of judgement. That God does not immediately judge man is an evidence of His grace. The reason is to enable man to come to repentance (Rom. 2:4).”2

So you see, it’s not as simple as what goes around comes around. God is merciful. His grace abounds. He is long-suffering. His ways and thoughts are infinitely higher than ours (Isa. 55:8). Further, His ways and thoughts are infinitely higher than any “cosmic force” we can dream up out of our own limited minds. I don’t know about you, but I am thankful for this because  by His long-suffering grace He has drawn me to Him.

When we think of Karma, we need to think of the motive. Christ commands us to love our enemies. It is not our job to enact revenge. Scripture commands us to leave room for the wrath of God (Rom. 12:19).  Am I obedient in this?  Am I praying for my enemies? Do I love them (Matt. 5:44)? Do I think of myself as no better — that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Rom. 3:23)? It’s only by God’s grace any person receives any good thing, including Salvation (Eph 2:8). Karma is a farce because there is not such thing as a good person who is deserving of good things. Not one is righteous, no not one (Rom. 3:10). Any good thing we receive is grace. Karma is a wicked lie straight from the mouth of Hell. That may sound harsh. But listen, the second we believe we can achieve anything by our flesh, we no longer need a Savior, and Satan has won.

Kismet
Kismet Kate is quite similar. Her mantra: Follow your destiny, wonderful you! Though many people, Christians and non-Christians, believe in the romantic ideas of destiny — some cosmic power controlling all things, the bottom line is Kismet (fate and destiny) stem from the Muslim religion. The belief is that Allah is the puppet-master who controls all. Nothing can change his mind. Known more effectively as fatalism, it is a belief structure that makes humans mere pawns a twisted game of cosmic Chess. Even so, people like this belief structure because it conveniently allows them to deny their sin (such as adultery) and rename it destiny or soul mates. Because, after all, you can’t control this destiny that drives two people together, even if it means forsaking a marriage covenant. You see, there is no guilt or ownership of sin when it comes to kismet. While New Agers have added glitter and greatness, Kismet truly is just an Islamic belief structure repackaged with egocentric sparkly paper.

While some view God just the same — as some cosmic puppeteer, this is not true of our gracious and merciful Father at all.

God is Sovereign. This means He is “in complete control of all things, though He may choose to let certain events happen according to natural laws that He has ordained.”3 God works all things together for [the believer’s] good and His glory. And though God is in complete control of all things, we possess the same free will Adam and Eve had in the garden.

“The sovereignty of God seems to contradict the freedom or actual responsibility of man. But even though it may seem to do so, the perfection of sovereignty is clearly taught in the Scriptures, so it must not be denied because of our inability to reconcile freedom with responsibility… Sovereignty must not obliterate free will, and free will must never dilute sovereignty.”4

There have been tomes written on the balance between God’s sovereignty and man’s freedom, and the study is never exhausted.

REFLECT

Have you been duped by this New Age mumbo-jumbo? Take heart. Our culture is so entrenched in all of this right now, it’s hard to find the solid ground on which to plant our feet! But sister, we are called to be set apart from the world. We are called to be holy! Think now on what you are allowing into your life that may be perpetuating this New Age worldview in your own heart and mind. What is keeping you stuck in this mud? Is it certain literature you are reading, shows you are watching? Is it the people with whom you are surrounding yourself — teachers, people in authority over you?

REFORM

If you have bought into any of this, just take a moment to think this over. Make a decision to turn from this teaching. Decide, right now, to adopt a biblical worldview. Ditch those trendy black-rimmed rose-colored glasses and begin to look at everything you receive through the lens of the trend-transcending living and active, holy Word.

There are a few things to keep in mind to help:

1. The Bible is the ultimate authority and source of all absolute truth for our lives. Measure every teaching you receive against the inspired, inerrant, authoritative Word of God. Our generation is one marked by information download and overload. We have trouble sifting through all of this information because our minds are finite and there is just too much of it coming at us all the time. Make sure what you are allowing in is edifying. Make sure it is truth. Download Got Questions and a Bible App on your phone. Whenever something sounds fishy, look it up. You have all this truth right at your fingertips! There is no excuse.

2. The Bible doesn’t say, “Don’t judge.” It tells us to judge righteously (Matt. 7:1-5; John 7:24). It tells us to be discerners of truth (Heb. 5:14). We have been bullied by our culture to believe that any form of judgement is wrong and that truth is relative. Our secular peers throw their version of “buddy-Christ” back in our faces — this laid back teacher who came to bring peace to the World and be everyone’s pal. This is not how Christ came. He came with a message and a sword (Matt 10: 34-36).

3. We are called to evangelism. Christianity is not a religion that says live and let live. No! If you had the cure for cancer, would you hide it in a lock-box under your bed? Of course not, you would tell the world. We should be proclaiming Christ always, no matter the cost. So to you peace-loving, laid-back Millennials, I love you! However, don’t spend the rest of your days on the fence. PLEASE! This world needs your zeal — appropriate it to Christ and the Gospel.

Additional Resources

Click here to read the next article in the Portraits of Superstition series which discusses A Portrait of Jeannie and Her Bottle.

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Jessica Pickowicz

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Jessica is the founder and lead writer of Beautiful Thing. She is wife to pastor/ church-planter Nate Pickowicz, and mama of two.

Show 4 footnotes

  1. Enns, Paul. The Moody Handbook of Theology. Chicago: Moody, 2014. Print. P. 347
  2. Enns, Paul. The Moody Handbook of Theology. Chicago: Moody, 2014. Print. P. 347
  3. Ryrie, Charles C. Basic Theology. Chicago: Moody, 1999. Print. P. 49
  4. Ryrie, Charles C. Basic Theology. Chicago: Moody, 1999. Print. P. 49