The book “The Secret”
and the “Law of Attraction” is false
“Shhhh! I have a secret!”
“OK, ready? Here goes: The book, The Secret and the “Law of Attraction” is FALSE! ::Gasp:: “What?” “But, but, I have read that book, and it tells me how to achieve what i want and how to have a more positive mindset. Now, I agree that there may be a some good points made in this book about thinking more positively, but there are many more things that cause serious concern.
What is the Law of Attraction
“The Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne, teaches the concept of the Law of Attraction” (LOA). The LOA assert that a person attracts good or bad to themselves just by how they think, by the vibrations that emanate from their minds. In other words, if you think positively, you will attract good things to yourself, and if your thoughts are negative, you we will attract negative circumstances to yourself.
Now, there is some truth in this, right? After all, thinking more positively can help us to achieve our desired goals, feel better about ourselves, ask that girl or guy out, and give off a better persona in life. The converse is also true. However, the LOA takes things way too far teaching that the mind can do all things without limit and divinizing mortal man.
Problems with the Law of Attraction!
The book, “The Secret”and other like-books, always begin with a fluffy, feel-good, motivational writing style, telling us that we can acquire the perfect job, the ultimate relationship, and all the money our imaginations can fancy. After all, The Secret teaches, “The sky is the limit,” which sounds good, right?
The negative side of this is that the Law of Attraction also teaches that people attract bad things to themselves, including car accidents, sexual abuse, debt, and every negative circumstance that happens in life just by thinking negatively. Listen to what The Secret teaches;
“You’re going to immediately say, I didn’t attract the car accident. I didn’t attract this particular client who gives me a hard time. I didn’t particularly attract the debt.’ And I’m here to be a little bit in your face and to say, yes you did attract it” (Pg. 27-28).
Is man really GOD?
Perhaps one of the biggest problems with The Secret and the LOA is that mere human beings are viewed as divine. We are God! Listen again to what The Secret says;
“You are God in a physical body. You are Spirit in the flesh. You are eternal life expressing itself as You. You are all power. You are all wisdom. You are all intelligence. You are perfection” (Pg. 164 – emphasis added). Wow!
Also: “There is no blackboard in the sky in which God has written your purpose, your mission in life… So your purpose is what you say it is. Your mission is the mission you give yourself. Your life will be what you create it as, and no one will stand in judgment of that, now or ever. You get to fill the blackboard of your life with whatever you want” (Pg. 177-178).
We are God? No one will stand in judgment of us? Christians believe the complete opposite. The Nicene creed states that, “Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead.” Notice though that The Secret and other like books replace God with Self. It usurps the place of God and elevates humans to a place of divinity with “limitless powers.” In other words, the Self becomes God, and that is an insurmountable problem here for any Christian who takes their faith seriously.
I would like to add that I have seen some Christian evangelists preach a very similar “Health and Wealth” Gospel. They assert that Christians can and should become wealthy by “naming and claiming” exactly what they desire. Christians of this view are taught that they can be rich, drive nice cars, own the nicest things, and can attain their every desire through “faith,” all the opposite of Jesus, the one they claim to follow. These evangelists don’t take into account God’s will, but only their own. By cherry picking and misinterpreting passages from the Bible, they make God out to be a Genie at their command.
Laws of Attraction – Lived out!
The LOA is a dangerous way to think and to live. It can cause people who accept it wholeheartedly to ignore all of the world’s problems and sufferings, while attempting to create a perpetually positive bubble around themselves. If thinking negatively attracts bad things, the mindset then is not to be bothered or weighed down by other people’s sufferings or negative situations. After all, the more someone thinks about another person’s sufferings or has compassion on them, the more they are adding to the suffering while simultaneously attracting it to themselves. The best policy is to avoid all negative thoughts, feelings, and situations like the plague.
One can easily see how self-serving this worldview is. Jesus suffered for us and gave us a model to follow. He said that we will need to suffer in this life too (Mt. 10:38). As Christians, we are called to love and serve others, to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need (James 2:14-18), and our eternal salvation depends upon it (Mt. 25:31-46), the opposite message of the LOA.
People deeply invested in the LOA often blame victims for the sufferings that happen to them – sufferings like car accidents, getting sick, natural disasters, and even being sexually abused, etc. In fact, the LOA would say that if someone was sexually abused, it would be their own fault because of their constant negative thinking which attracted that situation to them. All of these “tragedies” could be prevented and the disasters averted merely by changing our manner of thinking.
The Secret teaches precisely this; “Disease is held in the body by thought, by observation of the illness, and by the attention given to the illness. If you are feeling a little unwell, don’t talk about it – unless you want more of it. If you listen to people talk about their illness, you add energy to their illness” (Pg. 139).
Most who accept this ideology don’t believe in personal sin. Therefore, people who formerly accepted and practiced this way of life will tell of all the adultery, suicide, depression, divorce, and many other evils that can be attributed to this flawed line of reasoning. They have observed and experienced it again and again in their own lives.
OK, so, if you would like to hear a crazy, shocking story from someone who lived, breathed, and taught the LOA, then I highly recommend the CD set: Oprah – Televangelist of the New Age Deception,by Sharon Lee Giganti. Talk about eye-opening! Giganti admits that the LOA are partly responsible for many jaw-dropping tragedies in her life.
Tthe LOA also includes the “New Psychology” and the “Positive Thought” movement. Here are just a few people who teach and write about the LOA: Rhonda Byrne, Bob Proctor, Michael Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Wayne Dyer, John Assaraf, Neale Donald Walsch, John Gray, Bob Doyle, Dr. John Demartini Marie Diamond, Mike Dooley, and others.
I guess the secret is out, that the Law of Attraction is a problematic ideology, doing more harm than good, and incompatible with Jesus and Christianity.