Is the law of attraction in The Bible? and what is the relationship between the law of attraction and what many believe to be The Word of God?
These are questions that Christians have been asking even before The Secret became a worldwide phenomenon.
The first major exposure of the law of attraction to the world was with Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret.
His work had a lot of Christian undertones and was full of Bible references.
Evidence supporting the Law of Attraction has been found in many different historical sources, but perhaps the most intriguing of them all is in fact the Bible.There are over 200 verses in the Bible that reveal the Law of attraction.
Whether or not you are a believer in the biblical God, the Law of Attraction can benefit you. Not so much as a belief but more so as an understanding of life.
As a man thinks, so is he.Proverbs 23:7
The Law Of Attraction in The Bible and ‘New Thought’
The challenge seems to be for devout Christians. Reconciling some of the “new thought” ideas around the law of attraction and practises with The Bible is often contradictory.
In modern times, the nonreligious have essentially replaced “God” with “the Universe,” but when you understand that they are one in the same, you will see so many parallels in the Bible that align with the Law of Attraction.
In the Bible, God is the creator of all things, and we are made in His image, which means we possess the power to create, as well. We create with “Logos,” truthful spoken word, as God spoke all of creation into existence.
Our words are preceded by thought, of course, and to speak truthfully we must align ourselves with what is most true to ourselves as individuals, to produce our best selves, live our best lives, and, therefore, fulfill our ultimate purpose to glorify God.
To think negative thoughts and live lackluster lives undermines God, the power of creation.
With God All Things Are Possible
The Bible states that with God all things are possible. It is the cornerstone of much of our faith. It is something I’ve heard preached almost weekly.
The Law of Attraction also says that anything can come to be if you believe.
It also says to not worry how things will come about, but to trust that the Universe has a plan, just as God has a plan for our lives.
In Matthew 6:25-27, Jesus says, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
If you put your trust in God, or “the Universe,” the “how” will be taken care of. All you have to do is ask, or pray, for what you want, believe that it is being taken care of, and welcome it into your life.
The movie The Secret phrases this process as “Ask, believe, receive.” This same system is referenced in the Bible, 54 times.
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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.Matthew 7:7-8
Matthew 21:22 also states, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Today, the Law of Attraction is presented without any mention of God. It has been explained by quantum physics, and there seems to be a separation between church and science.
But science is simply a representation of our deeper understanding of God’s creation.
Further, the modern terminology used to make the nonreligious more comfortable with the Law of Attraction, such as referring to God as the Universe, makes many Christians uncomfortable.
How We Can ALL Use The Law Of Attraction
For the religious, it seems blasphemous to pray to creation, rather than to the creator. If this matter of semantics were brushed aside, however, more people could experience the benefits of the proper use of the Law of Attraction.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Hebrew 11:1
The similarities between the biblical teachings and modern practices of the Law of Attraction are hard to ignore, so it is a wonder that the Law of Attraction isn’t preached about more directly in the Christian church.
The more you study the Bible with the Law of Attraction in mind you will find that the practice of “New Thought,” is a lot older than you may have realised.
You might even find a deeper connection with God when you see that He provides what was promised in the Bible.
When I read some of the Christian blog where the law of attraction is fiercely criticized it seems like the authors always want to “flex” their knowledge and understanding of The Bible.
Its seems like their argument is always justified by quoting from The Bible. The issue with this is that you will never be “wrong” as long as you do that.
Ultimately we all have to make up our own minds and understand God and creation in our own way.
Hanging on to archaic doctrines is not progressive and in a world where we have almost completely decoded the gene code we can no longer be guided by blind faith.
The Law of Attraction and The Bible Today
A lot of strict Christian denominations are run on the basis of fear. You are being threatened by hell and eternal doom if you do not live the way they want you to live.
In these setups you will find no place for the law of attraction.
They are set in their doctrine and simply can not see outside of what they believe is “right” and “wrong”.
They interpret translations of translation of rewritten texts from 2000 years ago in a way that they believe to be right.
Many more progressive Christian churches have embraced the idea of the law of attraction.
The concepts of the law and attraction are reconcilable with The Bible. It really is a case of semantics for the most part.
You can be a Christian and believe in the law of attraction. After all if God is the creator of all things, does this not include the law of attraction?
Let me remind you what Jesus said:
Truly I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these…John 14:12
When you think back just one generation and what Christian churches believed and enforced then it is not too far fetched to see how these ideas will become part of mainstream Christianity.
If the law of attraction appeals to you and feels like truth, do not let some doctrine make you feel guilty or like it is the work of something evil trying to tempt you.