A spiritually dangerous practice.
I have first hand knowledge of the law of attraction during my search for a better life and owning my own business. From 2011 to 2014, I got caught up in the “law of attraction” trap that was delivered straight from the bowels of hell.
In 2016, By the Grace of God, I found my faith restored back in the Lord Jesus Christ, as I was Baptized in June of 2016. The Law of Attraction, which is also called new thought, or new age is a belief system that teaches that humans have the power to affect supernatural events with concentrated thinking or meditation.
It is not new in the sense that it has been around in many forms and under differing names since the beginning of human history. Those who participate in the practices associated are doing nothing more – spiritually – than worshiping devils – whether they know it or not.
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 it is taught in the Bible, as opposed to a cosmic “Universe” force that is somewhere out there, which is taught by the law of attraction.
The Law of Attraction wants you to visualize something to the point that you are meditating on the item itself. They call these affirmations. Affirmations or meditating on a single item, easily crosses over into idolatry from a Christian veiwpoint.
In First Corinthians chapter 10 verse 14 “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” And in Colossians chapter 3 verse 5 “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, LUST, evil desires and GREED, which is idolatry.” And in Exodus chapter 20 verse 3 “You shall have no other gods before me.” And finally in Isaiah chapter 44 verse 9 “all who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless.”
It is God who is the giver and the source of all good gifts.The Bible says in James 1 verses 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.”
The Law of Attraction is 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. 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 through the law of attraction.
In Matthew 6 verse 33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” The idea of having special mental powers is not new.
The Bible makes reference to this in Genesis 3 verses 1-5 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.5 “For God knows that when you eat from it – your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5)
Here, Satan temped Eve with having supernatural knowledge. Of course, we find out soon after that this “knowledge” was really a curse that had a deadly effect on humanity (Romans 5:12-28).
The Bible has quite a bit to say about what powers humans have regarding their minds. In the books of Psalms, Job, Mathew, John, Romans, Ephesians, Colossians, Peter and Jude all talk about “All powers which are ordained by God and subject to God (Job 1:12; Psalms 147:5; Matthew 28:18; John 19:11; Romans 8:38-39; Romans 13:1; Ephesians 3:1-12; Colossians 1:13-17; Colossians 2:15; 1 Peter 3:22; Jude 1:25)
In the books of Deuteronomy, Luke, Ephesians, and Peter all talk about “Human minds have no supernatural power of their own” (Deuteronomy 8:14-18; Luke 8:22-25; Ephesians 2:1-7; Ephesians 6:10-13; 2 Peter 1:3)
In the books of Matthew, and Revelation all talk about “how Humans do not have the power over death” (Ecclesiastes 8:8; Matthew 9:6; Revelation 20:6)
In the books of Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, Zechariah, Mark, Luke, John and Acts all talk about “how Humans can only get power from God” (Psalms 68:35; Proverbs 3:27; Ecclesiastes 5:19; Isaiah 40:27-31; Zechariah 4:6; Mark 6:7; Luke 24:49; John 1:12; Acts 1:7-8)
In the books of Deuteronomy, Ezra, Micah, Luke, Acts, Romans, Corinthians, Thessalonians, and Revelation all talk about “how Humans that seek powers from other sources, misuse power, or resist the power of God shall be rebuked or damned by God” (Deuteronomy 8:19-20; Ezra 8:22; Micah 2:1-4; Luke 4:3-8; Luke 22:53; Acts 8:10; Romans 13:2; 1 Corinthians 9:12-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10; Revelation 13:4-10)
In the books of Mark, Luke, Acts, Romans, Timothy and Peter all talk about “The power of God comes only from God” (Mark 12:24-27; Luke 10:19; Acts 6:8; Acts 26:14-18; Romans 1:16-20; 2 Timothy 1:7; 2 Peter 1:3)
These are only a fraction of verses that teach us that only God is the I Am (Exodus 3:4); Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8); the Word (John 1:1,14); Healer (Exodus 15:26); Provider (Genesis 22:14); Forgiver (Psalms 99:8); Master (Genesis 15:2); Everlasting (Genesis 21:33); Shepherd (Psalms 23:1); Maker (Psalms 95:6); and Creator (Isaiah 40:28).
It is clear that humans do not have any inherent power that is supernatural. However, the Law of Attraction is promoted openly through New Age Power, Buddhism and Karma, the power of positive thinking, crystal self-healing, cosmic ordering, mind over matter, Think and Grow Rich, Mindfulness, and Contemplative Psychotherapy.
People who teach the Law of Attraction continue to repackage it -so it may be taught in schools, and medical practices, and is fully endorsed in such a way that more and more people accept it into their lives. This is despite many studies showing that at best, these practices have a placebo effect that convinces people that they have powers to do things that are helping them “reach their full potential.”
According to Scripture, these practices are nothing more –than the worship of devils. (1 Corinthians 10:20-21; 1 Timothy 4:1) In First Corinthians Chapter 10 verse 20-21 “No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”
In First Timothy chapter 4, verse 1 “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”
The Law of Attraction claims compatibility with Christianity, but it is anything but Christian. The premise of The Law of Attraction is false. You cannot alter reality simply with your thoughts. People that promote The Law of Attraction can essentially summarize it with three words: “Thoughts become things.”
That is not true.
But the teachings of The Law of Attraction are not only false; — they are spiritually dangerous.
Rhonda Byrne the Author of The Secret, and a practitioner of the Law of Attraction makes this observation in her book: “So whatever way you look at it, the result is still the same. We are One. We are all connected, and we are all part of the One Energy Field, or the One Supreme Mind, or the One Consciousness, or the One Creative Source. Call it whatever you want, but we are all One.”
Essentially she is teaching that we can become gods. We are God in a physical body. We are the creative source and have the cosmic power to manipulate the universe according to our own desires. We are creating our own reality and thus can manipulate that reality to our own ends.
THIS is one of the enemy’s oldest tricks in The Book. Satan knows that we are vulnerable to this desire to be “like God.” Satan tempted Eve in the Garden with this tactic, and he is tempting millions today with the same tactic.
In John chapter 2 verses 15 and 16, John warned us of the temptations in the world: “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world” (1 John 2:15-16).
In Second Corinthians chapter 10 verse 5, We are cautioned “to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). The principles of the Law of Attraction are not biblical principles but pagan, worldly principles that have been around since the beginning.
The Law of Attraction calls upon us to use our thoughts for our own selfish desires. Paul, however, tells us in Romans chapter 12 verses 1-2 that we are to present our bodies as a sacrifice to the Lord. We are to be selfless, not selfish.
The Law of Attraction states that your personal thoughts, positive or negative, are the ultimate reality behind the universe. Real life has never worked that way and never will. In religious terms, self-absorption with money and power is all about putting the self above God.
This psychology is directly contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the law of God and, in fact, is a never-ending source of evil., which is evident in the book of Matthew chapter 22 verses 37-39;“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ and in the book of Deuteronomy chapter 6 verse 5; “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”and in the book of Leviticus chapter 19 verse 18,“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”
Single-minded pursuit of one’s selfish desires leads a person to damaging outcomes—distorted values, antisocial behavior, self-will, and arrogance.
These destructive values lie at the core –of the very dangerous “law of attraction” fad. The most prominent book in this marketing blitz of The Law of Attraction explains that every negative experience, accident, mishap and influence in a person’s world are the product of his own thinking.
Rhonda Bryne explains in The Secret on page 30 “Nothing merely shows up in your experience. You attract it—all of it. No exceptions … We must still explain that only you could have caused it, for no one else has the power to attract what comes to you but you. By focusing upon this unwanted thing, or the essence of it, you have created it by default” .
The idea for the law of attraction came from Esther and Jerry Hicks, the authors of the book called The Law of Attraction. In their book they convinced their believers that their ideas came from a cluster of supernatural spirits collectively calling themselves “Abraham.”
The Hicks claim these spirits communicated the law of attraction to them through channeling—an abnormal or alternate state of mind by which some communicate with evil spirits.
This practice is condemned in the Bible in the strongest terms. In Deuteronomy chapter 18 verses 10-12 10″Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,11 or casts spells, or who is a a medium or spiritualist or who consults the dead.12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.”
In Leviticus chapter 20 verse 27 ‘A man or woman who is a medium or spiritualist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.’
In the book The Law of Attraction, these spirits have done a job worthy of the devil’s deceptions in the Garden of Eden. If we consider the law of attractions claim that your thoughts cause all the good and all the evil in your life. It would show the law of attraction to be nothing more than a dangerous falsehood that lays the foundation to rationalize, and even justify, evil.
Following the logic of the law of attraction, 6 million Jews would have brought extermination on themselves in the Holocaust because they attracted their own annihilation by their negative thoughts.
According to the law of attraction , a four-year-old rape victim attracted lifelong trauma through wrong thinking.
According to the law of attraction, the hospital patient given HIV-contaminated blood attracted AIDS by bad thoughts.
By the law of attraction, these people are the ultimate evildoers because they caused their own suffering through negative thoughts—even if they didn’t consciously think they had them.
If you apply this mode of analyzing human experience to history, you come to even more ludicrous conclusions. The Romans must have thought better thoughts than all the nations they brutally murdered, pillaged and enslaved.
For centuries each of the millions of black slaves must have deserved their bondage because of their negative thoughts.
Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. must have deserved to be assassinated and the American colonists must have deserved “taxation without representation” because of their negative thinking.
The Law of Attraction turns social justice into an absurdity. Worse, the law of attraction reverses many of the great spiritual truths of the Bible. Abel deserved to be murdered by Cain for his bad thoughts; the Israelite’s deserved to be subject to slavery and the genocide of their newborn sons in Pharaoh’s Egypt. Jesus deserved His own crucifixion and His followers deserved to be murdered for believing in God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
This is The law of attraction, and it is evil. By the law of attraction, the victims of evil and abuse are the cause of their own abuse. The logic is that if you are victimized, brutalized or oppressed, it’s your fault, not the oppressors.
Two thousand years of the development of human rights are reversed by the perverse logic of the law of attraction. Per the law of attraction, there is no need for legal protections against evil because evil is destined for those who end up suffering from it.
The following is the real secret…
Almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ brought His announcement of the Kingdom of God, creating a sensation with His ministry. With spectacular miracles, He turned water to wine, fed thousands with only a few fish and loaves of bread, healed many of tragic illnesses, raised Lazarus from the dead and proclaimed that a new realm of existence is coming for humanity.
If anyone in history has shown the way for people to have eternal life, it is Jesus Christ. But Jesus promised that the way to the Kingdom of God would be a secret… a mystery except to His disciples—and they would be very few.
Jesus told His disciples in Matthew chapter 13 verse 11 and 13 “It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given … Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand”
Jesus also said there would be many counterfeits, including religious teachers claiming to act in His name. The basic premise of The Law of Attraction is that you already have eternal life and will have everything you desire in this life without a need for conversion or obedience to the law of God.
This constitutes a counterfeit religion and directly contradicts biblical truth. Jesus Christ condemned materialism, in the book of Matthew chapter 6 verse 24, saying, “You cannot serve God and the devil” (Matthew 6:24).
In John chapter 11 verse 25, Jesus said – following Him is the only way to eternal life (John 11:25). Furthermore, in the book of Matthew chapter 19 verse 17, Jesus spoke of the do’s and don’ts of the Bible, “If you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17).
Jesus did not say you can have anything you want if you want it badly enough- since you are ultimately your own god. He did not say man automatically has eternal life.
Furthermore, the teachings and example of Jesus Christ provide the greatest possible rejection, and denial of every idea of the law of attraction.
Jesus continuously taught against evil. He labeled evil for what it is—the rotten fruit of the ways of Satan, a liar and murderer from the beginning. (John 8 verse 44)