Judgement, karma, call it what you will, our actions in this world have consequences. A fling with another woman, and you find your marriage breaking up. A casual lie, and you find yourself stressing not to get caught out. What goes around comes around, sooner or later. Actions are not without consequences.
But are the consequences of our actions always forseeable?
What about the harmless prank that goes horribly wrong, or the small oversight that leads to an industrial accident? Tragedies that result, not from a deliberate act, but just a careless one.
What about the tragedies that arise out of our best intentions?
One of the weakness of the ‘sin as lawbreaking’ view is that it implies sin arises from intention, and conversely, where good intensions prevail no sin has occurred. Yet the scriptures suggest sin has far more insideous ripple effects in this world. What about you, have you ever suffered from unintended injustice?