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 stopped reading personal development books

reading personal development books

I used to be a self-help junkie. At any given time, you would find a stack of personal development books on my shelf. I joked that I was slowly making my way through the entire self-help section of the library, because I was.

My quest to become a better human being drove me to consume any piece of personal development I could find — including podcasts, seminars, articles, and most of all books.

I was literally addicted to becoming a better me.

These days?

I look to the Bible for answers, and my mission is to become a better servant of God.

Why the personal development industry can be harmful

The personal development industry was there for me when I needed it. Rather, I needed God, but I turned to it instead and made it an idol.

I sought wisdom from secular people and believed they had the answers. But the Bible says not to seek counsel from the ungodly (Psalm 1:1).

Even some of the more well known Christian authors in the self-help industry such as Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer teach the prosperity gospel which is a distortion of scripture. There are many scriptures which warn against false teachers.

The biggest flaw with the personal development industry is that it’s focus is on the self — improving ourselves. It’s about building us up and empowering us to take on the world ourselves, which is something we were never meant to do. We are to lean on God and rely on His strength (Philippians 4:13).

Don’t get me wrong–we should always be striving for improvement. But we should do it God’s way, and for His glory.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17

The personal development industry is centered around the self

When we focus on ourselves, we can make ourselves an idol. Our sinful nature is always trying to look out for #1, and the personal development industry can feed our egos.

When we strive for perfection, it causes us to stumble. We are imperfect human beings who need only seek approval from God.

Satan tells all of us the lie that we are not worthy. But our worthiness should be found in God. When we seek to achieve and advance in life, we are usually trying to win the approval of men and make ourselves look good.

But God’s word says:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

Philippians 2:3

The Bible is the best personal development book there is

If your goal is to better yourself, you need look no further than the Bible. It is packed with instruction on how we are to live and love like Christ. As Believers we have been equipped with the Holy Spirit. And as such our lives should overflow with the fruit of the spirit.

The Bible is the best personal development book there is.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:5-8

Conclusion

There is nothing wrong with wanting to better ourselves, IF we are seeking the approval of God and not men.

The Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7), and our goal should be to glorify Him always.

God is not impressed with awards or how much money we have in the bank, but how we live and love others.

I encourage you to choose to pick up God’s Word to guide you instead of secular personal development books.

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