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This article is a follow-up on The Law of Causation article. After I wrote about the Law of Causation a few weeks back, I received a lot of personal messages regarding it. Some people were asking for me elaboration on some areas of the subject because of its complexity, while others wanted to let me know how wrong I was, especially on the issue of children who were born with one painful medical condition or the other that will probably last a lifetime.
So because of all these messages, I decided to address the issues raised in all those messages in this article.
We are not under Law but under Grace
A reader wrote saying “The law of karma or causation has no effect on born-again Christians because according to Romans 6:14, we are not under law but under the grace of Jesus Christ who died for all our sins committed in the ignorance of the flesh.“
This is a good point to raise and must be addressed. Let’s start by looking at the scripture verse of Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace“.
This scripture verse is addressing salvation from the yoke of sin. It is addressing the issue of lack of self-control over one’s behaviour. Which is why in verse 15 and 16 of the same Romans 6, it says “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 – Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?“.
Verse 14 of Romans 6 is also addressing the fact that those who have come into Jesus have been saved from the curse of Mosaic Law.
It doesn’t mean that the things which you did before your knowledge of Christ are automatically forgotten without you doing anything on your side to rectify it.
If you have wronged someone through harbouring negative thoughts about that person or speaking badly of the person or doing something bad to that person, you MUST rectify your deeds to stop the Law of Cause and Effect application in your life. This is called Restitution. The only time you are exempt from this restitution requirement is when it is completely impossible for you to do the restitution.
Zacchaeus was a man of authority who has abused his position in more ways than one but he knew that although Christ can and would save him, he did his restitution even before he came in contact with Jesus.
Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.
– Luke 19:8 NKJV.
Zacchaeus being a tax collector is well informed about all things economics and if there is anywhere savings can be made, he is certainly the man that can and will make these savings. But he understood that accepting Christ into his life does not exempt him from the Law of Causation not when he has the opportunity to address the wrongs he has done to his fellow man. Accepting Jesus into his life will lead Zacchaeus to heaven but it will not prevent a very fundamental law of the Universe from being applied to him.
This is why Zacchaeus had to do his restitution. Salvation from sin does not exempt one from the Law of Causation. If it does, Christians will have a green light to do whatever they want without consequence. If you have done anything that you know was bad and needs to be addressed, it falls on you to fix it by doing the restitution it requires.
If you have taken things under false pretence and you cannot for some reason take it back, do like Zacchaeus did, give half of your goods to the poor. But it must be in the same or more value than the things you have wrongly taken.
Addressing “Effects” with Restitution
A lot of us have done things we wish we can fix. There are people who we might want to say a simple sorry to or items or money that we want to return. There is something inside us that is encouraging us to do these restitutions. This is our higher self who knows that restitution is required in order to remove future pains and blockages.
Restitution is the most effective way of addressing the effects of all our past wrong deeds. Obviously, if you have killed someone, you cannot restore life to the dead. But a wholehearted apology to the family of the dead will be a good start in addressing the effect of your wrong deed.
Some people have even used restitution to address the wrongs committed by their parents. They do this by contacting those who suffered as a result of their parent’s action, asked for forgiveness and offers things like items or money to compensate for the pain the person suffered.
The English dictionary defines Restitution as reparation made by giving an equivalent or compensation for loss, damage, or injury caused. But we are spiritual being that understands that thoughts are things. Which then means that negative thought is as real as wind. Although not seen, still is real. So your restitution as a spiritual being must start from within.
To fully address the effects of your wrong past through restitution, you must do the following:
(1A) Thought: Ask for forgiveness from the Infinite Mind concerning the negative thoughts you have had concerning certain people and yourself.
(1B) Thought: Forgive yourself for having negative thoughts about some people and yourself.
(1C) Thought: Think positive thoughts concerning those you have only had negative thoughts about in the past.
(1D) Thought: Only think positive about yourself.
(2A) Words: If you have spoken bad about someone, approach them and tell them how sorry you were for speaking badly about them and ask for their forgiveness.
(2B) Words: If you have spoken badly of yourself in the past, forgive yourself.
(2C) Words: Speak only good things about yourself no matter how bad it looks right now.
(2D) Words: Only speak about someone when you have something good and positive to say.
(3A) Action: if you taken anything that doesn’t belong to you, return it back to it rightful owner and offer your wholehearted apology for the inconvenience you might have caused.
(3B) Action: If you have taken something that doesn’t belong to you and it is impossible for you to return or restore it to its rightful owner, give a large amount of your belonging or cash of the same value as the original item to the poor or to a charity organisation. The value of your belonging must be at least the value of the things you have wrongly taken. Zacchaeus gave fourfold for the things he took by false accusation.
(3C) Action: If you have done something you know it was wrong to do, you must find a way to do your restitution. Hiding behind “am only doing my job” will not prevent the Universe applying Law of Karma to you. You will always be held responsible for your actions no matter your excuse.
The Law of Causation is one of the fundamental laws of the Universe. It cannot be repealed or amended. It is impartial and it is applied to all in the same manner.
A lot of Christian believe that becoming born-again Christian saves them from the effect of their past actions. My response to this belief is a Yes and a No.
Yes – becoming a born-again Christian saves you from the effect of your past wrongful deeds ONLY if it is impossible for you to do your restitution. You are best placed to know if it possible or not for you to do your restitution.
No – becoming a born-again Christian will not save you from the effects of your wrongful past if you deliberately chose not to restore where restoration is needed or say sorry where sorry needed to be said.
So in summary, we can address our past wrongs by doing restitution both internally and externally. The fact that you have done people wrong in the past doesn’t mean you have to seat still wait for the Karma to apply her punishment.
You can be proactive in addressing your wrongs and you should be because you might have slapped someone who you have significant physical advantage over and you sort of expect someone to slap you one day for your action, but the Universe might decide that slap is not enough payback for your action, that a good beating might is the only fair thing in your case.
Always remember that you do not have control over how the Universe decides to pay you back for your wrong deeds. This is why you should use restitution to address your wrongs before it is too late.
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