by László Balogh
A little while ago I’ve watched a couple of interesting videos about the law of attraction. Pretty much the first thing a speaker brought up was that we need to realize that our physical world is controlled by the metaphysical. It’s nothing spooky, it just means “beyond the physical”; the things you cannot see with your eyes. They explained that the core of the law of attraction is that you let your thoughts, beliefs and imaginations control your outside circumstances.
One very important thing to notice is that it’s called a “law”. What is a law? A law is constant, it’s set, it always works the same for everyone, everywhere. Like gravity for instance. It doesn’t change, it’s constant. Just as there are physical laws, there are metaphysical laws. And they are just as constant and predictable.
The Bible very often calls God’s Word “the law”. The Apostle John said that God’s spoken Word is God Himself. It’s all the same, God, His Word, the law; God is the law. He set it in motion and He keeps it running. God is many things, but one of them is that He, Himself is law and order. Without order, the Universe would collapse. The Universe is so predictable; you can tell where a planet will be in 10,000 years. The law is predictable and unchanging. God said it Himself: “I am the Lord, I change not”. God would never do anything that goes against His Word, the law. Once it’s spoken, it’s unchanging and runs consistently.
Jesus is the perfect image of God. He said that whatever He did and said, He saw it from God, the Father. He obviously understood all the metaphysical laws that govern our lives, and He spoke of them very often. We will look at a number of them in this article.
FOR ALL TO TAKE
What I’m going to try to explain in this article is that God is not some spooky, mysterious, unpredictable, over-spiritualized, religion-tainted Being. He is very practical and relatable in fact. One very important thing to understand in the beginning is what I have already mentioned above: if something is a law, it will work for everybody, every time! Most people have a very hard time putting God and science together. Religious people like to keep God in the box of mystery and a wrong understanding of sovereignty. Yes, I believe that God is sovereign in the right sense of the word: He’s independent and above all. But that doesn’t mean that God decides about every single little thing on an individual basis constantly, and you could just never know what He’ll decide. That would make Him very unpredictable. But as I have mentioned above, once His Word, His law is spoken, it’s unchanging; it’s predictable. And it works for everybody across the board. You don’t need a special sanction from God, you don’t have to believe in God, you don’t have to be a nice person so God blesses you with some benefit, nothing. God set up the law, and if you work it, it will work for you.
Jesus Himself gave a reference to that:
“for He (God) makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Let this sink in for a second! God set up a system that will bring good benefits both for the good and the evil people, and also that will bring negative results for both the good and the evil people. That’s exactly what it’s saying.
The Apostle Paul proclaims that faith actually has a law. In one instance he refers to it as the “law of faith”. Again, it’s not some mysterious thing: if you have faith, it will work for you, because it operates on a law. One time God told Moses to speak to a rock so that it would bring forth water for the people to drink. Instead Moses struck the rock, but the water still broke through. God later told Moses that He was displeased by how he did it and gave him a punishment for it, since he practically disobeyed. Yet the water still came through. Moses got a miracle in an act of disobedience. Why? Because he worked his faith. It didn’t happen the way God first instructed it, but it still happened.
THE LAW OF FAITH
The speakers in the above mentioned documentary about the law of attraction said that everything starts in the mind. If you can imagine it, you can do it. You change your perspective on the inside and it will start showing on the outside. You think it up, imagine it, visualize it, speak about it, put up pictures on the wall, so you can see it, you do anything that will help you change your perspective. Once the thought is conceived and brought to birth inside of you, it will start to manifest outside of you in the physical. You fill yourself with the subject, speak about it, start acting on it, and sure enough, it will come to you. Shortly, you expect it to happen.
Expectancy is nothing more, but faith. One of the most important statements Jesus made about faith, is the following:
“I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”
Now I would like you to notice that Jesus didn’t mention anything about God and His blessing your endeavors. He didn’t say you have to be a believer in God and He didn’t say God will make a miracle happen. He said: anybody who speaks to the mountain. That includes everybody. What are the only conditions? Believe and do not doubt. What is the result? You will have what you say. An interesting point a speaker brought out concerning the law of attraction in the documentary was that for example if wealth is not manifested in your life, it’s because subconsciously you believe that you don’t deserve it. That’s why Jesus said “and do not doubt”. Get the negative thoughts out of you! Don’t doubt that you can have it!
Another similar one from Jesus:
“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
This statement could not be more general! If you can believe it, everything is possible for you. God’s great infrastructure is laid out for you to use. It works like clockwork; it is the law.
There are a number of laws that correspond to the law of attraction. I don’t intend to delve into all of them, but I will mention a few from a biblical point of view, just to bring it to attention that Jesus and the apostles have talked about these laws. First of all:
“whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
This doesn’t just mean that whatever you do (positive or negative), will come back to you. Yes, of course, you reap the consequences of your actions, but there is more in this sentence. The thoughts you sow in your mind, will produce sooner or later and they will manifest in your life. This works both ways. If you think that you will never amount to anything and you put yourself down constantly, that exactly is going to come to pass in your life. On the contrary if you encourage yourself that you can make it, you certainly will.
“Give, and it will be given to you, …For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
One speaker about the law of attraction believed that he needed to create value for people, so wealth would be measured back to him. And it worked for him very well. Give and it will be given to you!
“For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.”
This just simply means that success breeds more success, and a failure mentality will produce more failure. Haven’t we all seen that work? This is certainly true in personal life, relationships, business matters and even sports.
THE MAJESTY OF CHOICE
Your freedom for choice as a human is that you can apply your faith on whatever you want. If you can conceive it in your thoughts, you can also make it work by your faith. Now, we all know that there are all kinds of thoughts that come to us on a regular basis. Some positive, some negative. It’s your responsibility to take care of them, and ultimately decide which ones you will feed and which others you will uproot. No matter who you are, you can accomplish both positive and negative by putting the law of attraction in motion for you. The infrastructure is set, and it’s up to you how you use it.
Many people throughout the ages got ahold of the understanding of these laws. Some believed in God, some didn’t, and many walked in different other paths. By your freedom of choice you can decide to acknowledge the lawmaker on the top of the structure, or just plainly reject Him if you want to. You can take full advantage of, and reap the full benefits of the law of attraction, yet not acknowledge that the law has a lawmaker. Whatever is inside you, will be plainly seen on the outside.
The Apostle Paul had a few thoughts on the matter:
“since the creation of the world His (God’s) invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…”
“…although they (the people of the world) knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts…”
“…and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…”
You can come to a point where you live in awe of the law of attraction (God’s creation) and you can think that it’s the all in all, and in the same time neglect to realize that there is a Creator behind this all.
Although God is law and order, He is not a mass of rigid rules. He is not a robot where you just toss in a token and the pattern paid for comes out the other end. He is a loving Father who longs to have a relationship with you. There is more to life than just to take advantage of the benefits. By knowing Him you gain the privilege of becoming a strong force for good in this needy world. You will come to realize that you can fulfill a purpose in this Universe to finally set things right. And not with violence or harsh words, but by the compelling power of Love. God thought that mankind deserves to regain their originally created value, so He sent His Son to pay for it. And He paid for it dearly. God is on His way to restore this Earth to the Paradise it originally was. And He’s longing to share it with you…