The Law of Attraction and the Bible
By Doug Addison
Maybe you have heard about the “The Law of Attraction”. It was made popular in 2007 by the book and DVD, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Byrne and many other New Age and positive thinking motivational gurus claim that we can actually create what we want simply by thinking it and asking for it. It is controversial in the science world because their hypothesis defies current understanding of scientific principles. They do however, have an amazing amount of testimonies that it does work.
If you are a Christian and you are practicing the Law of Attraction or you know someone who is, please consider what I have to say. If you are not a Christian and you practice this, then please do not take this as I am judging you. The way I look at it is that, if you are seeking the truth, eventually you will stumble upon God who can offer an incredible amount of fulfillment, peace and joy to your life. Hopefully I will help shed some light on the subject and bring it into perspective.
Though the actual steps to The Law of Attraction varies based on what book you read, most of the positive thinking gurus teach people to follow these steps:
• You must be certain as to what it is you want.
• Then ask the Universe to give it to you.
• On a regular basis begin to visualize yourself receiving it, holding it, experiencing what it is you want.
• Be open to the fact that your answer may come in any form.
You may recognize many biblical principles in these steps:
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Romans 4:17 …He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
There are elements of truth to the Law of Attraction. My concern is the motivation behind it. We do need to be clear on what it is we want in life, and we need to ask God to fulfill it. The major difference in the Law of Attraction and the message of the Bible is that when you ask for something, you should ask God directly in the context of a personal relationship, as opposed to a cosmic “Universe” force that is somewhere out there. When we ask, we need to believe that He hears us and will answer our prayer one way or another. We do need to be cautious not to visualize something to the point that we are meditating on the item itself that we are asking for. This could easily cross over into idolatry. Remember it is God who is the giver and the source of all good gifts.
James 1:16-17 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Even though there are elements of truth in the claim of The Secret, they are very clear that they are not talking about asking the God of the Bible. They view God as a positive energy or force and not as a personal relationship. If you practice the Law of Attraction, be sure not to remove the source of true life and renewed thinking. The very people who took these biblical principles out of context and developed this humanistic teaching are in danger of being blind to the greater truth. They might be tapping into God’s principles but they are not tapping into God’s love and power.
Doing it God’s way
God created the world by speaking it into being. We are created in His image so therefore, we too have a creative power to speak into situations and bring about radical change. The missing element of the Law of Attraction is the principle of seeking God first, and being sure that what you are asking for is in His will and timing for your life. This balance is the powerful spiritual principle that will allow all the things we need to flow to us, instead of us trying to visually divert them our way.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
If you have read the book or watched the DVD The Secret, or you are practicing the Law of Attraction, I hope you can see the points that I am making here and can heed this word of wisdom. You can safely tap into God’s powerful biblical principles by doing the following steps:
• Develop a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and spend time regularly with Him in prayer and study. It will be out of a relationship with God that He answers your prayers. Learn to recognize the voice of God when He is speaking to you.
• Ask God to show you that what you are asking for is something that He wants you to have or do. Ask for wisdom and that you will know His timing.
• Once you determine what it is you want, within the context of God’s will for your life, then have faith and believe that God will answer you. One way or another, He will answer your prayers.
• Pray and ask God for the things that you want and need. Be sure to track them and watch for answered prayer.
• Be prepared for the answer to come in a variety of ways. When you get an answer to prayer, let others know so that they can give God glory with you.
• Share your success stories with others so that their faith will be strengthened and they can receive encouragement.
God wants only the best for us all. He wants us to live our lives to our fullest potential. These radical principles of change have been in the Bible but unfortunately it was not a Christian who pointed them out to the world. Most people are running at half-throttle to what God has in mind for them. God’s love and power is unlimited. The only thing that limits us is what we think we can actually accomplish.
Over the past twenty years I have developed what I call a “breakthrough lifestyle” that is actually similar to The Law of Attraction. It is based on Matthew 7:7 in which Jesus told us to ‘ask, seek, and knock” and we will receive. I have actively applied many of the life changing principles from the Bible and have obtained some radical results. Even more important, I have done it all in the context of a personal relationship with God through Jesus.
Here are three verses to consider:
Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
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