You can reap what you did not sow!
The philosophy of reciprocity states one should “do for others what you would like them to do for you.” (Matthew 7:12). I agree with this viewpoint since most people want to receive compassion and kindness from others and in turn should show compassion and kindness. However, this philosophy is an not an absolute in the sense that what you do for others will be done to you or “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7).
In response to my previous post on “Spiritual Abuse,” Sue Ann Edwards stated:
“There are no such things as ‘victims’. If I’m radiating a negative field, I will attract a negative pole. Cause and effect. Sowing and reaping.”
I absolutely disagree with this viewpoint. There are true innocent victims in this world who do nothing to deserve the life they have. If Galatians 6:7 is implying that the Christian God is somehow the keeper of this cosmic balance, he’s failing miserably or does not exist (I’d go with the latter :) ). Starving children in third world countries have done nothing to deserve malnutrition and death. What have they sowed that they’re reaping pain and suffering?
There are also those who are evil and living lavish lifestyles with everything they could want in life. In spite of what Christians may want to think, not every non-Christian is miserable and in search of some greater purpose to life.
The so-called spiritual law of sowing and reaping is in no way a guarantee. You can be kind to someone and reap betrayal. You can be a victim of abuse and have done nothing to deserve it.
That being said, I still believe we should strive to do good and to be kind and compassionate. However, we should do so simply because of our own moral and ethical choice with the knowledge that it does not mean that we will “reap” goodness, kindness, and compassion. Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. It’s just the way things work. However, let’s do our part to ensure that we make a positive impact on this world and leave the catastrophes to “acts of God.”
- The de-Convert