Reading the book “The Secret” left me hungry. The Bible tells us that everything good made is from above and nothing God created is bad. We know God created the Universe but is not the Universe.
‘The Secret” says the Universe functions by “like attracting like” giving more weight to good things. This book has many pages dedicated to prepping us for believing in the law of attraction: relationships, money, happiness, love, helping others, getting what you want.
The relationship in this book is between “I” and the Universe. But God’s word places the emphasis on love as service with little to no emphasis on materialism past having a) what we need and b) receiving spoken blessings.
But what about Solomon?
The Lord was pleased that Solomon was *not* attracted to the potential wealth that comes with being in power. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this [wisdom] and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have *not* asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.
God applied the opposite principle taught in “The Secret” for Solomon.
How Prayer Materializes
You feel the person healed, you visualize it in faith. So can’t the law of attraction be used to walk in good works in the ministry of reconciliation? We have to determine if our motivation really points to delighting ourselves in the Lord or delighting our inner self. I cannot judge your motivation, but an intimate relationship with God will tell you by what spirit your request has been made.
Blessings and Cursings
Blessings and cursings are words that can be spoken over people to encourage words of life or words of death.
To paraphrase the book says to, “Praise and bless everything in the world, and you will dissolve negativity and discord and align yourself with the highest frequency–love.”
While this is an excellent way to dissolve the enemy’s works, the Bible does not necessarily encourage us to bless everything, maybe everyone.
Jesus cursed a fig tree in Matthew 21 of the Bible showing the authority in him to speak life and death into people.
What attracted you to pick up, ‘The Secret’?
I can appreciate the efforts made by sharing about the law of attraction and how mental paradigm shifts play a role in success, but I can also see where seductive doctrine plays a role.
The Difference Between ‘The Mystery’ and ‘The Secret’ Revealed
The Secret’s premise is the power of your thoughts. But, the book of the Colossians in the Bible reveals the mystery as, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” However, it is not the first thing that the principles of the Universe will teach you.
To go deeper, the name of Jesus is above every name that is named and is a powerful name when spoken in faith. The Secret will tell you it is faith alone that is manifesting your wishes.
The book of Ephesians in the Bible refers to our battle against principalities; “against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
‘The Mystery’ in the Bible points to Jesus while “The Secret” points to the law of attraction. In Matthew Chapter 7 of the Bible, Jesus says to enter through the narrow gate. “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” The law of attraction is wide open for both good and bad to materialize.
Can you use ‘The Secret’ to carry out God’s will?
The law of attraction is used to extrapolate ideas from the Bible concerning the self. There is a great example of fear in the book of Matthew when Jesus walked on water.
“Come”, said Jesus.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Jesus applied the opposite principle of the law of attraction. He had mercy on the Apostle who would not have survived according to the principles of the universe alone. Sadly, we know that the universe doesn’t respond kindly to people freaking out and drowning.
Does the Apostle Paul Share ‘The Secret’?
Not exactly. The Book of the Phillippians says,
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
The Secret says your thoughts can materialize according to your faith. The Bible says you cannot serve mammon (riches or material wealth) and God. How do you reconcile the idea of enjoying abundance without shaming yourself for material things as in the would-be disciple? (See Below)
After all, God blessed Abraham with riches as well as many others.
Be like Paul, content with a little and content with a lot.
The Love For Materialism
God never wants us to be like the would-be disciple described in Matthew 19.
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
“…Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”
Could ‘The Secret’ be deceiving us to become first now and last later?
Why is “The Secret” so attractive?
Stripped to its basic core, “The Secret” is bare without the word of God. But it’s beautiful in an artistic way. It’s like a heavily saturated black and white photo or like music without lyrics.
If you do not spiritually discern seductive interests, your spiritual journey can attract spirits that are not of God.
Remember the Bell Curve
The Psychology enthusiast in me wants you to remember the bell curve. Comfort cannot be sustained in materialism.
As a person currently making a very modest income, I have the opportunity to apply the disciple test. Is there anything material that I could acquire in my life that would be so important that I couldn’t abandon those things to follow Jesus?
I hope you don’t think of my review as a bilateral for/against critique. We learn better by making a decision after observing it’s pluses and minuses. I’m not saying to not be assertive or have an opinion. My goal is after reading this that you can confirm your own convictions.