As you sow, so shall you reap. Jesus stated the law of Karma quite succinctly. He had no intention of getting away with wrongdoing but instead pointed to a higher spiritual rule: your actions today define your future tomorrow.
Regardless of whether an act is deemed good or bad, this higher rule canít be sidestepped. Those who think it can have not looked deep enough. All past actions have a way of coming home to roost. This dynamic turns out to be more important than identifying sin.
What, then, would forgiveness of sin amount to? How do you redeem your soul? A redeemed soul sees itself as new and unblemished. To reach this state of innocence would be impossible according to the law of karma, for the cycle of sowing and reaping never ends.
The problem is further complicated by the fact that each person performs millions of actions in a lifetime, and these overlap on all levels. Emotions and intentions are both tied in.
You redeem your soul by turning to God. A redemptive God is the only being in the cosmos exempt from karma (or sin). Or to be more accurate, God transcends karma because he alone isnít in the cosmos.
Despite all the activity on the surface of life, a speck of awareness inside is not touched. The instant they wake up in the morning, a saint and a sinner are in the same place. They both feel themselves to be alive and aware. This place stands outside reward and punishment. It knows no duality. You are free from all bondage of good or bad actions. Your soul is redeemed and returned to innocence.
Adapted from How To Know God, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2000).