The Secret is a best-selling book on Amazon. Despite all its talk of quantum physics and new science, The Secret is a spiritual book. The book claims to parallel several world religions.
The Secret and Christianity?
The main principle of the “Law of Attraction” in The Secret, is the ability of faith to change man’s life regardless of his/her religion. It states that every energy attracts its like energy.
The Secret states: “You must believe that you have received. You must know that what you want is yours the moment you ask. You must have complete and utter faith.”
The Bible states: “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).
Are The Secret and the Bible in complete agreement? The answer is NO.
In The Secret, the universe is portrayed as a cosmic genie, who will grant man’s every wish. Man decides his destiny not God. Man is in charge of his own welfare not the Creator. Man has the power to do all things and the ability to direct his own destiny. To achieve that, he must believe in himself and his abilities because his faith will act as the guiding force.
In this school of thought, man not God is the one that creates his own reality. This philosophy goes back to the garden of Eden when Satan lied to Eve saying, “you will be like God” (Genesis 3:5). By believing Satan, Eve disobeyed God and consequently fell.
Creating a reality with eternal blessings is not possible nor logical because man is a finite being (Psalm 103:14). God alone is infinite. Man can’t even add one inch to his statue, let alone save himself. God is the One, who is Almighty. He is the One that can truly utilize all the resources in the universe to bless man not just on earth but also throughout eternity (Mathew 19:29).
In Christianity, God is the Creator of all (Genesis 1; Colossians 1:16) and the Savior (John 3:16). Without accepting His gift of love and the blood of Christ as an atonement for sin, man is doomed to eternal death (Romans 6:23). The other religions don’t offer a solution to the sin problem. Only Christianity does.
Therefore, to believe that man can save himself apart from Christ is a lie. If a man follows His Creator, he will be given much more than his temporary dreams could take him. He will be given blessings on this earth and later on eternal life (Mark 10:30; Jeremiah 1:29; 1 Corinthians 2:9).
Also, although the “Law of Attraction” and the Bible agree in principle on the power of positive thinking and the importance of faith, the Bible shows a code of conduct that is expected from the believer, whereas The Secret does not. The Lord endorses His moral law as the standard of right living (Exodus 20:3-17) and promises to give man the power to keep it (Philippians 4:13). But the Secret only focuses on the blessings and not on obedience. The Bible teaches that God’s promises of blessing are conditional upon man’s obedience to Him (Deuteronomy 28:1). For the Lord rewards a man according to his actions (Matthew 6:33).
Further, it is impossible for man in his own power to escape from the bondage of sin and to bring forth good fruits because man is sinful by nature (Psalm 51:5). Only when man unites with the infinite God, can he truly become all powerful (John 15:5).
The law of attraction often uses occult practices such as emptying the mind, higher self visualization, conscious reprogramming, and mantras to achieve its goals. These mystical techniques originated from pagan philosophies. In other words, it originated from the enemy of God, who wants to invoke evil spirits to seize control of men and direct their lives to eternal damnation.
The “Law of Attraction” is not supported by the Bible. This “new age” philosophy should be rejected by Christians for it offers deceptive theories created by Satan, who mixes some truth with error to make it appealing and thus confuse and deceive those that are not fully grounded in God’s Word (1 Peter 5:8).
In His service,