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  •  You misapprehend, I think (0+ / 0-)

    I would point out that the divine retribution theory bears no resemblance to what you link to.   Take a look at the rather pithy summary here

    Karma Niyama - order of act and result, e.g., desirable and undesirable acts produce corresponding good and bad results. As surely as water seeks its own level so does Karma, given opportunity, produce its inevitable result, not in the form of a reward or punishment but as an innate sequence. This sequence of deed and effect is as natural and necessary as the way of the sun and the moon.
    It is purely the observation that actions produce outcomes.  It is a fairly subtle mechanistic understanding.  
     The intersection with the then widespread belief in reincarnation would carry that across lifetimes, but that is not necessarily part of any more than scientific precepts of first century Rome is inherent to Chrstianity.

    However this notion of retribution visited for past sins is largely the result of interpretations given by nineteenth century Christian interpreters who brought judeochristian views of judgment into their interpretations.  

    Karma is a fairly subtle concept to wrap your head around, but it is very helpful to recognize that a lot of Theravada traditions are fairly much descriptive, rather than prescriptive.  A lot is about how the world works, such that right behavior is about what leads to good results, rather than a statement tht right behavior is what is required by some supernatural being who is going to judge you.  
    I think you statement of "you get raped because you deserve it goes fairly wide of the mark of many teachings.  

    Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

    by Mindful Nature on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 12:41:08 PM PST

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