“Pssst! Let me tell you a secret”
It seems that there is a secret on everyone’s lips nowadays. Some, like the ‘The Secret Message of Jesus’, are interesting if a little controversial, but the latest ‘secret’ is just offensive. An Australian TV producer and a number of positive thinking ‘gurus’ have collaborated to produce a high profile book and DVD called ‘The Secret’. In their promotional material they claim that ‘The Secret is the answer to all that has been, all that is, and all that will be.’ Now where have I seen a phrase like that before? O Yes, in Revelation 1:8, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty”. Hmmmm!
First there was Theosophy, then Christian Science, then Napoleon J. Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, then Positive Confession, and now… The Secret. It seems that what the promoters claim to herald in as a new era for humankind is just a super slick remake of a concept that is as old as humankind itself.
The ‘great secret of life’ turns out to be what the authors term The Law of Attraction. Simply put, the idea is that the universe is a great magical mirror that reflects and transmutes the thoughts we project onto it. It converts thoughts into things. The way we achieve this mind-magic is by applying the Law of Attraction. This ‘law’ states that whatever we think, consistently and with feeling, will materialise in our lives. Think rich and you will attract riches to you, a gift from the universal Genie. The promoters claim that ‘the law of attraction will give you what you want, every time.’ Well, well… and I thought that there was no such thing as a ‘free lunch’!
The whole thing just doesn’t stand up to reason let alone biblical revelation. However, what is most offensive to me is that it is a blatant attempt to remove God from our thinking, to turn the focus from giving to inwardly directed self-gratification, and to position sinful humans as creative ‘gods’. The Bible has a name for this, ‘the secret power of lawlessness’ (2 Thessalonians 2:7). It is just that ancient old lie of the devil, ‘you can be as God’!
What is equally offensive to me is that Christians, disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, are falling for this rubbish. No, dear fellow believer, we cannot just replace the word ‘universe’ with ‘God’ and then accept The Secret as truth. God is not impersonal and undiscriminating! God is not a magic Genie that gives us whatever we think of! Why pick through a plate of poisoned food in order to find a wholesome morsel? We have a banquet of truth before us, the written Word of God, the Bible.
1 Corinthians 2:12 says “We have not received the spirit of the world but the spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us”.
What has he given us? Well He has not given us the magical power to turn thoughts into things so that we can have more. No, He has given us His Spirit so that we can give more, now and eternally!
If you are interested in being privy to a secret then here is the real secret…’No one can deny how great is the secret of our religion: He appeared in human form, was shown to be right by the Spirit, and was seen by angels. He was preached among the nations, was believed in throughout the world, and was taken up to heaven.’ (1 Timothy 3:16) That’s Jesus! That is a real secret!