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The Bible & The Law of Attraction

Published 2019-03-18

The Bible & The Law of Attraction - Praying MonksWhat does the Bible have to say about the law of attraction? Before we unpack this, let me first say- this is not a pitch for religion. Rather, it’s a look at some of the earliest recordings on what many believe to be references to the principles of the law of attraction. The law of attraction is said to be a universal law of like attracts like, or the belief that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into a person’s life. The problem with accepting this at face value, at least for me, is that experts believe we have between 60,000 and 80,000 thoughts per day. Many of these thoughts are at a subconscious level. Additionally, one conscious thought can contradict the very next conscious thought within a matter of seconds. That said, based on the law of attraction, our lives would be complete chaos if everything we thought we brought upon us! It is also believed that no action is to be taken in the manifestation of what you desire. But honestly? I’ve never sat on my couch thinking about receiving a large sum of money and suddenly the postman delivers a check to my mailbox. My thought (pardon the pun), is that action is a necessary component to any dream or goal attainment. Further, as indicated by scripture, a belief that you can accomplish the goal or dream, coupled with a feeling of gratitude will bring about your desires far faster than mere thought alone. At a very minimum, consider this: thought creates emotion, and emotion creates action. It is action that leads to results – good or bad. In my mind then, there is no better reason to stay as high vibe & positive as possible!

While the bible never references the exact term “law of attraction,” there are a few verses that are in alignment with some of the principles taught today around the topic:

Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Matthew 9:29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”

Matthew 21:22 “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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