Is the “Law of Attraction” and the “Secret” wrong?

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By BibleAsk Team


The Law of Attraction – The Secret

In the book the Secret (the law of attraction), some of the principles presented are not in and of themselves “wrong.” There are even Bible verses that confirm some aspects of the law of attraction. For example the Bible says: “As a man thinks in his heart so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). But there are things of grave importance to consider. The originators behind the “Secret” are not technically followers of God. They teach “humanistic” beliefs where man becomes the “god” of his own life. The desire to be God was Satan’s orignal sin (Isaiah 14:23,24). And later, he led man to fall by believing this lie you will “be like God” (Genesis 3:5).

The “Secret” claims to show the way for being able to get whatever it is that one wants through his own power. There is no dependence on God. And for many, they succeed in it simply because many of the principles involve self-control, hard work, and motivation. So, the followers of the law of attraction will often experience success. But over time, the notion of needing God in one’s life becomes less and less desirable.

A major emphasis in the law of attraction and the Secret deals with obtaing material wealth. But the Bible clearly speaks against the love of money as being the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Solomon said, “He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity” (Ecclesiates 5:10). Jesus declared, “You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).

Another principle in the law of attraction deals with health. It teaches that positive feelings attract health and negative feelings attract sickness. But this is true simply because man was made that way by His Creator. The Lord says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones” (Proverbs 15:30). David, wrote about unconfessed sin and guilt, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long” (Psalm 32:3).

Focus on Self

God grants us our desires, but He keeps away from us what will not be for our good. In the “Secret,” many believe they can get whatever they really want, regardless of whether it is good for them or not. Man can create his own reality. Life is seen as a trip to accomplish selfish pleasures and material riches instead of being an opportunity to glorify God and bless others (1 Corinthians 10:31). This is a very dangerous concept and has led many away from God.

Sadly, these people become so engrossed with the idea that their “mind” can “attract” what they really want which puts enormous egotism into themselves. “I” can do all things instead of “God” can do all things through me (Philippians 4:13) becomes their supereme focus. The truth is that man’s destiny is in God’s hands (Psalm 139:16).

Satan’s Deception

Satan often mixes 90% truth with 10% poison (John 8:44). But that 10% poison is enough to kill. He will allow for his followers to succeed in receiving the gifts of the world that they so much crave, but only until they are hooked and have forsaken the Lord. It is his purpose, to deceive people by giving them what they want, but what can’t really ever help them eternally. They may gain the whole world perhaps but only to lose their soul at the end (Matthew 6:26).

Christians need to look to God for salvation for He has incredible promises to offer not only for what they desire, but for what they truly need. The Psalmist says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:2-5). God gives His children six basic blessings: He forgives, heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies, and renews their lives. Haleluiah! Lord!

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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