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Q&A — Atonement and Karma, 09/19/2011

[From time to time I receive questions through email or blog comments about spiritual and soul therapy issues. I know in my heart that these delightful inquiries from a few kind people actually respond to similar questions by many participants in The Soul Channel. So I have decided to share portions of the questions and responses without identifying the source of the inquiry.]

Question:

How does the process of experiential learning as part of multiple lives fit in with God and the Christian concept of atonement?

Edited Response:

The concept of atonement (making amends for misdeeds and wrong-doing) is a cornerstone of many religions, especially Christianity. For Hinduism and Buddhism, the concept is “bad karma”, recognizing that there are both bad and good deeds in physical life (bad and good karma); one is rewarded or punished in one life for the deeds in a previous life. How you believe atonement occurs is one of the important tenets of your personal faith; thus any discussion on the matter creates the possibility of shaking one’s faith; I applaud your courage, and I will do my best not to crack that foundation.

We come into this world to experience that which we cannot experience in the total love environment of the soul side, and we make this journey with the blessing and the unconditional love of God, who has given us free will. In this world with billions of people, some are perceived as truly evil, while others are perceived as true humanitarians and philanthropists; most fall somewhere in the middle of these extremes; the diversity of the extremes of human nature offers an infinite number of combinations of possible interactions, both positive and negative. In planning our lives, we obtain assistance from experienced souls who will not be in physical form at the same time we are; and we make agreements and commitments with other souls for various relationships and interactions, again including actions which might be perceived as good or bad from different individual perspectives. These concepts lead to the following considerations:

  • If God gave us free will and unconditional love, then we could not possibly lose His love regardless of how we lead our physical lives or how we may interact with or act upon others. In the book “Conversations With God,” Vol 1, author Neale Donald Walsch includes a real-life discussion to explain how God provides for and reacts to physical life (a discussion I will expand on a bit here for personalization):
    Imagine that you own a home with a large, fenced back yard, such that you control the entire environment and who can go there. You send your children into the fenced yard with other children to play, knowing full well that they will sometimes hurt themselves or one another. Yet at the end of each day, they come back inside your home a little wiser for their experiences — and you love them just as you did before they went out to play. In the morning, how will you respond if they ask, “Can we go out in the yard and play a different game today, Mommy?” Won’t you say yes again?
    Now try to imagine how big God’s yard is: bigger than the entire universe. He has absolute control over all that happens, including who can participate in any part of His yard at any time. It is the ultimate safe environment. And God knows that some of His inexperienced children will hurt themselves or others along the way. Yet regardless of what they do in His yard, when the life is over, he welcomes His children home again with open arms, a huge smile, and His unconditional love which has never wavered the slightest bit.
    What harm has been done to any of the imperfect children who went to play on the planet Earth spinning in space in God’s back yard? None.
  • Can people get carried away in a life and go beyond the commitments of their physical life commitments with other souls? Yes; happens often, and it happens in both positive and negative ways.
  • How and when does one atone for such good and bad karma? Atonement is most commonly made in the next life by adjustments in the life plans. Example: excessive abuse of slaves in one life results in a future life as an abused slave. A tyrant in one life becomes the abused in a future life.
  • Who decides the type and degree of atonement in the future life? The individual soul who incurred the karmic debt (an exercise of free will), and with the guidance and advice of very experienced spirit guides and teachers.
  • Do I need to spend time in Purgatory when my life is over? No, you do not need to; but you may if you choose of your own free will. It is best to know that you have the option of, and are encouraged to, go directly into the light you would call Heaven. There you will participate in an extraordinarily detailed ‘life review’, examining everything you ever did to someone and for someone, as well as experiencing the continuing ripple effects of those actions on others and still others you never met. This review will be compared with your life plan, as well as your experiences from all previous lives, and it will assist you and your experienced guides in considering the potential benefits of a future physical life journey and what you might seek to accomplish if you choose future life. The continuing objective is the process of continuous evolution of the soul.
  • Does God ever get angry over the way His children “play”? Here is an excerpt from my own book entitled “Listen With Your Heart”, which is an excerpt channeled from God:

“Though it is true that I may be saddened by your actions from time to time, the sadness stems from the adverse effects you bring about in your own life and visit upon the lives of others by your actions. If you step on My toe, I will not love you less, but I will feel the pain. If you visit harm upon one of My other children, then I feel saddened by and experience their pain, yet I do not love you any less. If they retaliate and return the pain, then I do not love either of you any less, yet I feel the pain which both of you feel, and I am saddened by your actions. Yet, regardless of what you do and regardless of what choices you make, I will never stop loving you nor tarnish even slightly the unconditional love I hold for you.”

–Excerpt from the book Listen With Your Heart by John J Kelly 

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