Ten Biblical Reasons I Wouldn’t Buy "The Secret" Even if it Came with Free Titleist Golf BallsSeptember 30, 2007
Don’t you hate it when part 1 of an article and part 2 are this far apart.
So now let me give you ten biblical responses to the book “The Secret”. As you will quickly tell, my take is that “The Secret” has nothing really in common with the Bible and should not in any way be construed as a spiritually helpful book for those who hold to the Bible’s teachings. These ten responses are not in any particular order. This is appropriate because the book is essentially just a collection of sayings all centered around the same topic. The topic, however, does not happen to be The Bible.
1. In this book, you and God get confused. Here is a quotation from Lisa Nichols, the most frequently quoted writer in the book: ““You are eternal life. You are God manifested in human form, made to perfection.” There are so many verses I could turn to in order to show that this is not biblical, but one will be enough. Deuteronomy 6:4 says “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” There is only one God. We cannot be God manifested in human form. That is Jesus. I am not Jesus. My favorite t-shirt will always be “There are two essential truths: There is a God, and you are not Him“. Many of the authors in the Secret confuse God with themselves or their readers. There is a true statement that if you make everything the same thing then nothing is that thing. If everyone is God there is no God. If all is beautiful, there is no beauty.
2. The Claim that Jesus is a Millionaire: This claim is made by two of the authors. It is not a new idea, but one that hadn’t seen the written page in many decades. People who want to get rich, or teach others to get rich…and want to use Jesus as an example…like to claim he was wealthy beyond the average man. But Jesus’ assessment of himself was quite clear: “And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” There is no evidence either in the Bible or in historical documents that Jesus was anything but poor. To suggest otherwise is to ignore truth.
3. The book claims that the Bible tells you to do three things to get what you want: Ask, believe, receive. It also tells you that you can have whatever you want, no matter what it is, if you do these three things. I assume that includes evil things as well. The book does not place any moral values on anything except that poverty and illness are evil. The Bible does tell us that if we ask anything according to God’s will He hears us. And it also warns us that our prayers will not be answered if we ask with selfish motives. The Secret is all about selfishness, so it is hard to see that it lines up with the Bible at all.
4. God is called “The Universe” in 10 different places. The universe is said to have been created by God in the Bible. How can God be both creator and creation. That is a logical and biblical impossibility. We are told to worship God but never to worship any created thing.
5. The most frequent phrase used in the book is “the Law of Attraction”. (see a previous post for more information on this). The author says that this is another way of saying Love. Therefore, she concludes, the Law of Attraction is what the Bible is all about since the Bible is all about love. First, the Bible is not all about love. It is all about God and man’s pursuit of God. Love does come into it, but so do many other virtues. Second, love is much more selfless and profound than a rule that says I get to have whatever I focus on. If you read 1 Corinthians 13 where it says “Love is patient, love is kind, love does NOT SEEK ITS OWN” you get a picture of love that is absolutely the opposite of what Byrne says it is.
6. Bob Proctor in the book says that Quantum physics teaches that all matter results from thought. First, I cannot imagine a single Physic professor agreeing with that statement. But secondly, we are told that the Universe was spoken into being by God. If you can’t even agree with the Bible on the origin of the Universe, then there is little else that the Bible and The Secret can possibly have in common.
7. Fred Wolf, another contributor to the book, says that we are recreating the universe with our thoughts. Once again, this makes us God. But it also disagrees with man’s current place in the universe. According to Romans 8, the universe is groaning in anticipation for the revealing of the Sons of God. This revealing will take place when God remakes the new heavens and the new earth. Man is not creating the universe or making it better. The sin of man is what caused the universe to get messed up and it stays that way by the sin of man.
8. Their Universe (another name for God in this book) believes in speed. One author says it this way: ” the Universe likes speed, so don’t delay. There is no virtue in letting anything come slowly.” We are told that God is slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness. According to this book, the universe does not think anything about you, it only responds to you. None of this matches Scripture.
9. The Bible says that sin is selfishness. This book calls selfishness a virtue and the strongest force in the universe.
10. We are told in the Bible to renounce secret ways. The whole idea of this book is that these truths she is propounding are a secret and only the initiated will really understand them. The Bible is clear that all mankind understands what God has revealed through nature and through his Son Jesus. The old “mystery religions” of the first century made the same mistake as this book, as do most cults. God tells us clearly in Deuteronomy 29:29: ““The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
I could have mentioned dozens of other ways that The Secret directly contradicts the Bible. In essence, you either believe the Bible or the Secret. You can’t have both.