Warning about the Law of Attraction!
Most of the stuff that is available today on the Law of Attraction doesn’t have its foundation in Biblical principles.
In fact, many of the available teachings on the topic are based in New Age ideas.
So now the question arises – can a Christian use this Law at all, or should we steer clear of it as far as possible?
A Little Background
With the advent of The Secret DVD the Law of Attraction, previously also called the “Magnet Principle”, seemed to have suddenly come out of obscurity and into mainstream thinking.
So what is this Law that suddenly fills the minds of so many people all over the world?
In its simplest form, the Law of Attraction states, “like attracts like”. It means that you'll attract to you the people, circumstances, events, money and resources you need to accomplish your goals.
And, just like a magnet can never not attract, so too does your life never stop attracting. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are busy attracting.
And whenever you are not actively, consciously busy attracting those things that you desire, your magnets go on autopilot and attract whatever fills your mind at that stage.
That means that, in times when you are most down, your magnet will attract all kinds of negative things to you, whether you like it (and want it) or not.
It is exactly because of this negative attraction that Jim Rohn says we should think “very carefully”, because negative thinking will attract negative outcomes to us. And Mike Dooley has the following wonderful slogan on his site (www.tut.com), “Thoughts become things… choose the good ones!”
So the idea is to focus on the good things, the things you want and desire, and you’ll automatically start attracting those things into your life.
Now this all sounds very easy – and it is. But, paradoxically it is also very difficult.
Well, simply because it is in our human nature to worry. And when we worry, at best we stop attracting the things we want, and at worst we start attracting the things we don’t want.
A Biblical perspective
The proponents of the Law of Attraction state that we only have to focus on what we want and that the Universe will deliver them to us, almost like our own almighty genie!
On "The Secret" DVD some of them go even further into New Age ideas when they state that we are the creators of our own reality, and in that sense we are creators. And in doing so, they set themselves equal to God.
Now, we Christians know that the universe cannot create the things we desire because the universe has no creative power of its own. God, and God alone, is the Almighty Creator, and God alone can create things.
Therefore, if there is a Law of Attraction, it is because God created it. God has created the rules, and He might let the universe (or parts thereof) apply those rules.
Let’s take the example of a man who creates a child by his wife. He has sexual intercourse with his wife and she gets pregnant, so they have created a baby.
But in reality it is not they who created the pregnancy or the baby. God created the rules by which the sperm find their way to that tiny egg and the way that a sperm “connects with” an egg in order to create a living embrio.
God created the rules, God created the life in the sperm and in the egg, and God also created the final living embrio. All that the man and his wife did was to use those God given rules in order to “create” a baby of their own.
God has created the entire universe, and He is still in command of it. It is therefore God who lets creation happen or not.
It is God who lets us have what we want or prevents us having what we want. And God allows it through the application of the Law of Attraction.
So, having said all the above, is there still something like the Law of Attraction?
Or is it merely something that was devised by the devil to get people away from God?
I believe that God has created such a Law, just like He created the Law of Gravity.
The proponents of the Law of Attraction say that we must focus on what we want, which is in effect us “asking” the Universe to give us what we want. Or, as someone states it on "The Secret" DVD, we are placing our order from the catalogue of the Universe.
The Word of God, the Bible, says, “Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16: 24).
The Law of Attraction says we must keep on focusing on our wanted outcome. The Bible says, “Seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Luk 11: 9).
The Law of Attraction says the Universe wants to give us all we desire. The Bible says, “How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matt 7: 11).
The Law of Attraction says we must never allow ourselves to become despondent and to think that we will not receive what we want. The Bible says, “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Matt 11:24).
The Law of Attraction says the Universe is capable of doing everything. The Bible says, “Anything is possible for someone who has faith!” (Mark 9: 23). [By the way, this is not because of the believer’s faith, but because of Him in Whom the believer believes – God Almighty, to Whom everything is possible - ed.].
The Law of Attraction says the Universe is our genie who says, “Your wish is my command”. The Bible says, “He gave them [that includes us – ed.] the right to be the children of God” (John 1: 12).
Implications of the Law of Attraction for Christians
So, given the points mentioned above, can you see why I still believe that there is room for the Law of Attraction in the lives of Christians?
God has created each of us unique, like no other human being. He endowed each of us with a unique set of abilities, capabilities, talents, strenghts, likes and dislikes. And He gave each of us a mind, so as to use whatever He has given us in order to become the most that He has made us capable of.
So you should use your own mind, abilities, likes and dislikes to determine your own path through life, as long as that path is aligned with the given directions in God’s Holy Word. Neale Donald Walsch says, “There’s no black board in the sky with your name on it, spelling out exactly what God’s plan is for your life. You need to define your own life’s purpose.”
In fact, there is nowhere on this planet where God has written down exactly what his plan is for every single area of each human being's life.
God gave us this guideline in his Word, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
So those are God’s guidelines – love God and love other humans.
As long as you do that and don’t digress from that path, you can set any goals for your life.
“Any goals?” you ask.
Yes, but there was a proviso: “as long as you do that and don’t digress from that path”. You see, that particular requirement places some serious constraints on what we are allowed.
For instance, loving God and your fellow man automatically also implies respect for them.
That means you can’t do anything that could cause your fellow man pain, sorrow or grief.
And the requirement to love and respect God also means that you cannot do anything – like cheating on your income tax(!) – that speaks of disrespect for the Almighty.
Applying the Law of Attraction
Okay, so now we know that God wants us to love and serve Him and our neighbours. And God doesn’t want us to suffer more than is necessary.
So how do we, as Christians, apply the Law of Attraction?
First, ASK God for the things you want. Refer again to what God teaches us in Matt 7: 11, “How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
Second, BELIEVE that God can, and will, give it to you, as is promised in Matt 11:24, “believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”.
Third, THANK God for everything that He provides you with – see 1 Thess 5: 18, “Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do”.
Fourth, STOP worrying or fretting about it.You may keep on asking God for it, but not so as to remind Him – He already heard you the first time.
No, rather look into your own heart and determine, once again, that this is really what you want, and that it would serve God’s purpose.
If you can honestly reply “yes” to both those requirements, you can keep asking God for it until He either provides it (or often times something better!) or until God shows you why He is not granting your request.
“Wait a minute”, you say, “why must I ask God for it, and then also act?”
This is one of those things that could be most difficult for us to understand. Yet, whenever God called someone God required him to act. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Elijah, Daniel, Samson, Gideon– all of them had to trust God and act!
So, when you’ve asked God, and you believe that He will provide, then do whatever you think is in God’s will and which will move you closer to what you have asked. We learn this lesson from Ecc 11: 6, “Plant your seeds early in the morning and keep working in the field until dark. Who knows? Your work might pay off, and your seeds might produce”.
So ACT! The good news is that God knows both you and your dream, and if your dream is in line with his will for your life He will nudge you in the right direction. Things will happen ... opportunities will arise – some of them of your own making, but many of them sort of “out of the blue”.
When they do, don’t doubt them. If an opportunity arises that will take you one step closer to one of your dreams, then don’t hesitate – grab it with all your might and make the most of it because it is God’s will for you.
You see, there is another universal law – one that has existed since time immemorial, and that we can also read about in the Bible. It is called the Law of sowing and reaping, and it states, “Whatsoever a man soweth, that also shall he reap.”
Think about it for a while. If you sow wheat what would you expect to harvest – peaches? Of course not - you’ll expect to harvest wheat!
Now then, if you sow negativity what would you expect to harvest – a wonderful life? Of course not – you’ll expect to harvest negative outcomes!
Only, we humans tend to forget this very simple law of nature, and we think we can go around complaining, groaning and being negative until things get better.
You know what – THEY NEVER WILL!! To the contrary, they’ll only get worse!
So start sowing that which you WANT TO reap.
Some important additional points
As long as you don’t believe in your ability to achieve ALL of your dreams, you’ll NEVER achieve them. But when you start believing, that’s the day that your life – and your FUTURE – changes for the better.
God tells us that we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens [us]” – Fil 4: 13.
There is another part of this believing business that you and I should be very aware of, and it can best be described using Mike Dooley’s words:
“Thoughts Become Things”!
Now why should we be aware of this? Because our thoughts DO turn into things.
That is why you should be careful about what thoughts you allow into your mind! Jim Rohn points out that we should think “very carefully” because whatever we think wil happen.
Therefore, if you doubt whether your wish will realise, then that negative thought will materialise itself, meaning that your dream will NOT be realised. You CAN NOT entertain doubtful thoughts about your dreams – not ever!
NOTE:See also the article on
the Law of Sowing and Reaping
Believing that your dream will realise does NOT mean that you have to know HOW it will happen … it only means you have to believe THAT it will happen, and not worry about the how. God knows how to do it, and you can safely leave it in God’s hands.For me personally, this is the hardest part because I’ve lived many, many years of negativity, so I always have to be on the lookout to prevent myself from automatically falling back into those old habits.
By living in this manner, you will also feel that you are taking control of your own life, which you are!
Praise God for having given you life, and the opportunity to make something of it.
And thank Him for providing the Law of Attraction for you to utilise to ask for the things you want God to provide to you.
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