What is the Secret? What is the Laws of Attraction?

The Secret – http://www.thesecret.tv –also known as the “law of attraction,” is the idea that because of our connection with a “universal energy force,” our thoughts and feelings have the ability to manipulate this energy force to our liking.

According to “The Secret,” our thoughts and feelings attract a corresponding energy to ourselves. If our thoughts are negative, we attract negative things. If our feelings are positive, we attract positive things. The essential message of “The Secret” is that we all have the power to determine our own destiny. We can all create our own reality. Through fully and consistently applying the “law of attraction,” we can be who we want to be and have everything we want to have.

Is there any truth to “The Secret”?

Is there any validity to the Law of Attraction?

As with most other popular ideas, “The Secret” has a nugget of truth that is expanded to unbiblical and illogical extremes. For example, a thesis of the law of attraction is that our physical health is determined by our thoughts and feelings. It has been medically proven that stress and worry are harmful to the body, while joy and peace actually aid in the healing process. The Bible agrees, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones” (Proverbs 15:30). As David was struggling with the guilt of his unconfessed, evil actions, he declared, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long” (Psalm 32:3). Our thoughts and feelings do have an impact on our physical well-being. However, this is due to how God designed our bodies…not because of our connection with a universal energy force and our negativity or positivity attracting negative or positive physical symptoms.

A second error in the “law of attraction” is its emphasis on money and wealth.

The Bible has much to say regarding wealth and the management of money and resources. Proverbs 13:11 exclaims,

“Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.”
Proverbs 13:11

Similarly, Proverbs 17:16 proclaims,

“Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?”
Proverbs 17:16

Our financial success is determined by our decisions, our hard work, and our wise stewardship of what we have. No matter how positive our thoughts and how focused our mind is on wealth, if we have built mountains of debt, the bills will continue to come.

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender
Proverbs 22:7

The only impact the secret of “positive thinking” can have on our financial situation is in motivating us to work harder and spend more wisely. The Secret—and its focus on achieving wealth—goes directly against the teachings of the Bible. Solomon, the wisest and richest man in the Bible, observed,

“Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless”
Ecclesiastes 5:10

Jesus, who possessed everything, warned us,

“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions”
Luke 12:15

First Timothy 6:10 could not say it more clearly,

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
1 Timothy 6:10

With that said, the primary error of “The Secret” / law of attraction is its view, or lack thereof, of God.

In the law of attraction, God, if He even exists, is nothing more than a universal energy force that we manipulate by our thoughts and feelings. The law of attraction assumes a pantheistic (God is everything) view of God. The Secret denies the ideas of a personal God (with thoughts, feelings, and emotions) and a sovereign God (omnipotent and omniscient, perfectly in control of everything). The core message of “The Secret” is that we are in control of our own destiny.

God knows the truth of our lives to be very different, “…All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16). Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest king of ancient Babylon and a prime candidate for someone who would know “The Secret,” declared in his own humility after being thoroughly educated and humbled by the truth of our Sovereign God,

“Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified Him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; His kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back His hand or say to Him: ‘What have you done?’”
Daniel 4:34-35

According to the proponents of the law of attraction, we are all “incarnations of god.” We are all our own gods, able to create our own reality, able to control our own destiny. This lie is not a secret, and it is nothing new. Satan’s primary temptation has always been to obtain knowledge and thereby to become like God,

“For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God…”
Genesis 3:5

Satan’s own fall from his heavenly abode and glory was from this same error,

“You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High’”
Isaiah 14:13-14

The message of “The Secret” is the same message that Satan used to tempt Adam and Eve into sin: “You do not need God…you can be God!”

And just as Satan will fail in his quest to be God,

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever
Revelation 20:10

so too will all those who seek to be their own god will fail.

Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit
Isaiah 14:15

The true “secret” is that God is in control. God has a sovereign and perfect plan for us. The key is getting in tune with God, thereby understanding His heart and knowing His will. Rather than seeking after wealth, fame, power, and pleasure (in which there is nothing but emptiness), we are to seek a relationship with God, allowing Him to place His perfect desires in our heart and mind, conforming our feelings to His – and then granting us the desire of His, and our, hearts.

“Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun”
Psalm 37:4-6

If you have a desire to discover the ‘true’ secret to a joyous and fulfilling life,

Trust JESUS!

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Sin: Muhammad Vs Jesus – According to Their Respective Texts

Muhammad The Sinner

(According to the Quran)

 

So be patient, [O Muhammad]. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth. And ask forgiveness for your sin and exalt [ Allah ] with praise of your Lord in the evening and the morning.
Quran 40:55

So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no deity except Allah and ask forgiveness for your sin and for the believing men and believing women. And Allah knows of your movement and your resting place.
Quran 47:19

That Allah may forgive for you what preceded of your sin and what will follow and complete His favor upon you and guide you to a straight path
Quran 48:2

 

Jesus The Savior!

(According to the Bible)

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin
Hebrews 4:15

He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth
1 Peter 2:22

You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin
1 John 3:5

 

 

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God!
2 Corinthians 5:21

 

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What did Jesus mean when He said: “You are all gods” in the Bible?

Question: “What does the Bible mean by ‘you are gods’ / ‘ye are gods’ in Psalm 82:6 and John 10:34?”

Answer: Let’s start with a look at Psalm 82.

God presides in the great assembly;
he renders judgement among the gods

How long will you defend the unjust
and show partiality to the wicked?
Defend the weak and fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
The ‘gods’ know, they understand nothing.

They walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken

“I said, ‘You are “gods“;
you are all sons of the Most High
But you will die like mere mortals;
you will fall like every other ruler.

Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
for all the nations are your inheritance
Psalm 82

 

This is the psalm that Jesus quotes in John 10:34.

Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods“?
John 10:34

The Hebrew word translated “gods” in Psalm 82:6 is Elohim. It usually refers to the one true God, but it does have other uses. Psalm 82:1 says, “God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the gods.” It is clear from the next three verses that the word “gods” refers to magistrates, judges, and other people who hold positions of authority and rule. Calling a human magistrate a “god” indicates three things: 1) he has authority over other human beings, 2) the power he wields as a civil authority is to be feared, and 3) he derives his power and authority from God Himself, who is pictured as judging the whole earth in verse 8.

This use of the word “gods” to refer to humans is rare, but it is found elsewhere in the Old Testament. For example, when God sent Moses to Pharaoh, He said, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh” (Exodus 7:1). This simply means that Moses, as the messenger of God, was speaking God’s words and would therefore be God’s representative to the king. The Hebrew word Elohim is translated “judges” in Exodus 21:6 and 22:8, 9, and 28.

The whole point of Psalm 82 is that earthly judges must act with impartiality and true justice, because even judges must stand someday before the Judge. Verses 6 and 7 warn human magistrates that they, too, must be judged: “I said, `You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High.’ But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler.” This passage is saying that God has appointed men to positions of authority in which they are considered as gods among the people. They are to remember that, even though they are representing God in this world, they are mortal and must eventually give an account to God for how they used that authority.

Now, let’s look at how Jesus uses this passage. Jesus had just claimed to be the Son of God (John 10:25-30). The unbelieving Jews respond by charging Jesus with blasphemy, since He claimed to be God (verse 33). Jesus then quotes Psalm 82:6, reminding the Jews that the Law refers to mere men—albeit men of authority and prestige—as “gods.” Jesus’ point is this: you charge me with blasphemy based on my use of the title “Son of God”; yet your own Scriptures apply the same term to magistrates in general. If those who hold a divinely appointed office can be considered “gods,” how much more can the One whom God has chosen and sent (verses 34-36)?

In contrast, we have the serpent’s lie to Eve in the Garden. His statement, “your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5), was a half-truth. Their eyes were opened (verse 7), but they did not become like God. In fact, they lost authority, rather than gaining it. Satan deceived Eve about her ability to become like the one true God, and so led her into a lie. Jesus defended His claim to be the Son of God on biblical and semantic grounds—there is a sense in which influential men can be thought of as gods; therefore, the Messiah can rightly apply the term to Himself. Human beings are not “gods” or “little gods.” We are not God. God is God, and we who know Christ are His children.

 

 

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