September 14, 2011

The Gospel and the Law of Attraction

Is the Law of Attraction true? What is its connection to the message of the gospel?

According to Wikipedia: The Law of Attraction is a metaphysical New Thought belief that “like attracts like“, that positive and negative thinking bring about positive and negative physical results, respectively.According to the Law of Attraction, the phrase “I need more money” allows the subject to continue to “need more money”. If the subject wants to change this they would focus their thoughts on the goal (having more money) rather than the problem (needing more money). This might take the form of phrases such as “I have as much money as I need” or “I have a job that pays very well”.

The law of attraction has been in existence since 1904. It is based upon the thinking that what we think, we can attract.

The gospel is very different from the law of attraction.Here are some major differences:

1. The gospel is based on what Christ did for us and what He is still doing in us.

The law of attraction is based on what we can do. It is very humanistic in nature. The law of attraction does not give credit to God’s power but rather it believes in the power of man to change things.

Galatians 4:7        So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
2. The gospel declares that apart from Christ, we are nothing.

The law of attraction declares that man has the energy he needs to attract wealth and etc. It declares that apart from Christ, we are still capable of something. Actually we are capable of anything.

John 15:5        “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

3. The gospel is based upon the finish work of Christ. The law of attraction is based on man’s work.

In summary, the law of attraction puts its dependence on man which we all know may lead to some dangerous results of greed, lust and power. The gospel is rooted on the fact that I have my sufficiency in Christ already and that God is sovereign. I can tap into his abounding grace for me to achieve success.

1 Cor. 8:2          If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know…

Proverbs 30:2     “I am the most ignorant of men;  I do not have a man’s understanding.

Galatians 6:3         If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

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