12 reasons the law of attraction is NOT Biblical

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The law of attraction is a movement that gained popularity in 2006 with the release of the book and movie “The Secret.” It centers around new thought principals and has occult origins.

Touted by new agers and prosperity gospel ministers, it is the belief that we can manifest whatever we wish through “Source” or “The Universe” or even “God.” Strong emphasis is placed on the idea that “like attracts like” and that we must become what we wish to manifest and raise our vibration.

I was a strong believer in the law of attraction for many years and a manifestation coach for about a year and a half. I even wrote and published a book on how to manifest your dreams and goals with the use of essential oils. I used scripture to support my belief in the law of attraction and included an index of Bible verses in the book.

But my eyes were opened to the dangers of new age practices in late 2018/early 2019. I now oppose the use of law of attraction, apart from praying and believing that God will supply my needs according to His will.

Here are 12 reasons the law of attraction is NOT Biblical:

1. We are here to serve God, not the other way around

Proponents of the law of attraction act as if God is a genie in the sky waiting to grant wishes. And while God does know how to give great gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11), our purpose is to serve Him and obey His commands. NOT the other way around!

So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.

Romans 12:1

2. The law of attraction has occult origins

The law of attraction is one of 12 immutable universal laws. They have been promoted by the Freemasons for years and have occult origins.

Now, there are some Bible verses that appear to support the law of attraction at first glance. However, they are intended only for believers through prayer and petition in line with God’s will.

Standard teaching of the law of attraction takes God out of the equation and encourages you to ask the “Universe” and “Source” for your desires.

But the Bible is clear that we must seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) and delight in Him (Psalm 37:4) in order to receive the desires of our heart from God.

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.

James 1:16-17

3. We are to put others above ourselves

The law of attraction tends to be very self-centered.

Sure, we can try to manifest things on behalf of others, but typically, we’re manifesting for ourselves. There are some law of attraction teachers who do not even believe it is possible to manifest on the behalf of others.

And let’s face it, many of the things we wish to manifest are at least in part due to wanting to impress others.

But over and over, God calls us to value others above ourselves and spread the love of Christ. Proverbs 11:25 says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

1 Corinthians 10:24

4. We are to do nothing with selfish ambition

We were all born with a sinful nature. It is natural to look out for #1 and to seek the approval of others.

But we are meant to find our worth in God, not in material things or achievements on earth. Striving and hustling to be successful in life means nothing if we lose the kingdom of God in the afterlife.

James 3:16 says: “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2:3-4

5. Money is the root of all evil

There are teachers of the law of attraction and the prosperity gospel who preach that good people should have lots of money so that we can bless others. Which sounds great in theory but they also tend to have nice houses and cars and luxurious vacations too.

Jesus was very clear when he taught that we cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:34). We should be like David in Psalm 119:36 when he said: “Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.”

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

6. We are to store our treasures up in heaven

As believers, earth is not our final destination. God wants to bless us abundantly, but primarily in heaven. When we focus on accumulating wealth on earth we are behaving like non-believers. We are not to value the things of this earth but rather what our father in heaven has prepared for us.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Matthew 6:19-20

7. Though we make plans, God has the last word

Ultimately, God knows what’s best for us and that is why it is so important to pray that His will be done. As humans we tend to think we know what’s best for us and what we want, but focusing on what we want is sinful.

God provides all of our needs (Matthew 6:28-33) and has bigger and better plans than we could ever dream for ourselves (Jeremiah 29:11).

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21

8. We are to meditate on God’s Word only

Meditation is one way to “get what you want” with the law of attraction. But the Bible is clear that we are to meditate on God’s word. Not on riches or personal gain.

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 

Psalm 1:1-2

9. The law of attraction promotes idolatry

Focusing on what we want instead of God’s will for us is easy to do. And when we REALLY want something it becomes even easier.

But putting our focus and attention on obtaining anything through law of attraction can turn that thing into an idol. EVEN if it’s something pure and honorable, like money for a mission trip. If it is God’s will for you to go on the mission trip, He will provide. And while in this example you should pray for the means to go on the mission trip, you should also be content with not going if it’s not God’s will.

Vision boards are great for keeping our dreams and goals before our eyes, but if they do not line up with God’s will or we make them more important then serving God, we have made an idol for ourselves.

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

1 Corinthians 10:14

10. Believers are to walk with the ungodly

Teachers of the law of attraction stress the importance of raising our vibration since like attracts like. Associating with those of lower vibrations is discouraged, because being around them can lower our vibration (and therefore have a negative impact on our ability to manifest what we want).

But throughout his ministry, Jesus ate and drank with sinners and tax collectors and the unclean. He also spent time alone in prayer and time surrounded with his disciples. This demonstrates that we as believers are to do all three. We are not to regard ourselves as better than anyone else or discriminate against others for our own selfish gain.

And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’

Mark 2:17

11. Witchcraft/misuse of power is forbidden

Like it or not, the law of attraction is a form of witchcraft. It encourages us to do rituals and things that manipulate “Source” to give us what we want for doing so. There are manifestation spells, chants, Kundalini kriyas, candles, etc. When we try to do things in our own strength that do not glorify God we are misusing our God given power.

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, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 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. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.

Deuteronomy 18:10-14

12. Apart from God we can do nothing

Galatians 6:3 says, “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

We are all sinners and as Believers were are saved by grace. God does not love some of us more than others. He sent His only son to die for all of us so that we could be saved (John 3:16).

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’

John 15:4-5

Conclusion

The law of attraction is all too often used for selfish gain and takes God out of the equation. As Christians we are called to seek first the kingdom of God and to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. We serve a loving father who has abundance stored up for us in heaven.

Matthew 7:7-8 says, “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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

So keep praying and believing for the things your heart hopes for, but remember to put God first and always ask for God’s will to be done.

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Why I left the New Age movement and came back to Jesus

The New Age movement has experienced a boom in recent years. More and more women are now openly participating in spiritual practices once considered taboo.

Full moon rituals, Tarot cards, and crystals aren’t limited to witches and fortune tellers anymore.

But all that glitters is not gold.

I’m here to warn you against the New Age movement so that you will not be deceived like I was.

Here’s the story of how I went from backslid Christian to manifestation coach to Christian blogger.

Why I left the New Age movement and came back to Jesus

I grew up in the Christian church and backslid a time or two (or three or four).

In 2016, I slowly (and somewhat unknowingly) became a part of the New Age movement.

What started out small ended up becoming an idol that consumed me for a solid 2 1/2 years.

I went from vision boards and affirmations to teaching about chakras and energy healing.

Because I drew the line at things like Tarot card readings and seances, I told myself I would be fine.

I still called myself a Christian but was listening to false teachers who preach the prosperity gospel. I then became a manifestation coach and author myself.

Deep down I knew that some of what I was repeating wasn’t completely in line with scripture. But the prosperity gospel sounds so good that you want to believe it.

I loved (almost) everything about the New Age world and the so-called “spiritual” coaches, leaders and gurus.

I lapped it all up and felt special and excited to experience a spiritual awakening and to be able to enlighten others.

I truly believed that I needed to share this sacred information with others. I wanted them to be able to experience the sense of power and enlightenment I was feeling.

Which was awesome, minus the noticeable increase in anxiety, fatigue, and bad dreams which I now believe are of demonic origin.

It wasn’t until I came across this article by Doreen Virtue that God began to open my eyes to the dangers of the New Age movement.

Even still, I didn’t fully quit teaching manifestation until months later. 

My manifestation coaching business was not successful despite 17 months of sheer dedication and over $10,000 in investments.

I thank God for this now because looking back I can see that He couldn’t bless it because it was not His will for me.

Walking away from my business (which I truly loved) would have been so much harder had it been monetarily successful.

The Bible says that teachers will be judged more harshly (James 3:1), and so the longer my disobedience continued the worse off I would have been.

The warning signs were all there

The Bible warns of false teachers and wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15), as well as the Enemy’s intent to devour us (1 Peter 5:8).

Many times it forbids witchcraft, fortune telling, and the like.

And while there are verses that appear to support manifestation (such as Matthew 21:22), they are only intended for believers through faith and prayer if what they are asking for lines up with God’s will.

When we tell God what to do we’re being God.

He’s not a genie in the sky waiting to grant our wishes.

We are to humbly serve Him and boldly make requests through prayer and petition.

We are to learn, as Paul did, how to be content in all things (Philippians 4:11-13).

Not to focus on our own selfish desires and prioritize what our flesh craves over obedience to His word.

Satan is using the new age movement to destroy women in particular

In Genesis 3 the serpent (Satan) tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil so that her eyes would be opened.

As we all know, she was deceived and this became the first sin. She then went on to coax her husband Adam to follow suit. And God punished mankind for this.

What happened to me (and what I have witnessed happen to many others), was that I was deceived and lured in.

My participation in New Age practices opened my eyes to hidden knowledge I now believe we humans were NEVER meant to have.

This knowledge took me further away from God because it put me in the drivers seat instead of God.

It caused me to rely on my own strength and believe in things that the Bible says are evil.

And then, just like Adam and Eve, I shared this knowledge with my husband who then followed suit.

Others in my “spiritual” circles did the same. In many instances their relationships ended when the man wouldn’t get on board with the woman’s new “spiritual” path.

This is a win-win for Satan who seeks to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).

The New Age movement is darkness disguised as light

“Love and light” is a common New Age term that feels good.

In fact, all that is taught sounds positive, as it focuses on love and forgiveness and abundance.

There is also a strong emphasis on releasing old wounds to heal parts of ourselves from trauma, and raising our vibration to become more like God.

Many who are drawn to the New Age movement experienced sexual, mental, physical and/or emotional abuse in their childhood and/or as a young adult.

The allure of being able to rise above this abuse where we are the ones in control is very strong.

We feel empowered, and can become addicted to that feeling.  

Then for many of us, the dark and unpleasant symptoms of our “spiritual awakenings” begin to pop up.

But we are told that it is all part of the journey to enlightenment. That this must happen so that we can live at a higher vibration and be more like God.

This process is typically followed by the “dark night of the soul” where we can feel completely separated from God for a time.

Empty. Alone. Tormented. (aka right where Satan wants us.)

And if we survive this–I imagine some people commit suicide at this point–we are told that we will reach enlightenment and inner peace.

But of course that is a lie, because Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) and masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

On the other hand, Jesus is the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6) and the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Conclusion

My heart hurts for those who are being deceived and are still actively participating in the New Age movement.

I know many of them are kind souls who don’t yet understand that they are committing wickedness in His eyes.

Others have publicly renounced the Christian faith in favor of the religion of “love” or “all religions”.

My hope and prayer is that God will use me to spread the truth of the New Age movement.

Romans 8:28 says that God uses all things for good for those who love Him and I believe that includes our mistakes. I am now uniquely qualified to help others turn away from the New Age movement like I did.

I know this information can be difficult to read if you are still wrapped up in the New Age world. It took me months after reading the Doreen Virtue article to be able to walk away. It was not easy and I still struggle over having this forbidden knowledge because I cannot unlearn it.

But there is hope and freedom in Jesus when we repent and turn from our sin.

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