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Is the law of attraction in the Bible? Did Jesus and the early church understand this ancient truth? These are common questions for those who follow the LOA or Christianity. In fact, some people steer clear of the law of attraction because they think that it goes against the Bible.
However, the principle of this manifestation law has been around since biblical times, as evidenced in various places in Scripture. In actuality, the law of attraction is an ancient truth that parallels some biblical teachings.
Let’s look at some of these references today, so you can get on board with the law of attraction in the bible is
Matthew 21:22 “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Jesus told his followers that if they wanted something, they should ask for it and believe that they’ve already received it. Then, they would receive it. That’s the law of attraction in operation right there.
Hebrews 11:11 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
In speaking of faith, the apostle Paul tells the church that faith is believing that you already have what you desire. It’s having the confidence or expectation that what you’ve asked for will manifest – even when your physical eyes aren’t seeing it yet. Through your confidence, you speak the words of affirmation, holding a state of gratitude knowing that what you desire will manifest.
Mark 11:23 “For assuredly, 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.”
Jesus wasn’t specifically saying that we should be talking to physical mountains. Rather, he was using this as a teaching moment. He was saying as we go about our lives, there will be times when we may encounter a problem (a mountain) or desire something. He says speak to that mountain (problem, situation, etc.) and declare what it is you desire. And, believe that as you speak to that “mountain”, have faith that your words are creating whatever it is you desire. Believe that what you say will occur.
That’s the law of attraction in the Bible at work.
Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinks, so is he.”
As you know, the law of attraction asserts that like attracts like. Essentially, this means that what you focus on, you get more of. This is exactly what this proverb is talking about. Whatever you think about, you essentially become.
If you think primarily negative thoughts, both the LOA and the Bible say that you’ll attract negativity in your life. However, if you can focus on positive thoughts, you’ll attract more positivity in your life. This means you’ll feel more positive and attract more positive experiences in your life. This proverb is definitely the law of attraction in the Bible at work.
Philippians 4:8 “Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, if there be any virtue, or any praise, think on these things.”
Again, the apostle Paul addresses the church, this time in Philippi. He tells followers of Jesus to pay attention to how they’re thinking. He tells them think about or meditate on positive things, rather than focus on negative things. He’s teaching them the law of attraction here, letting them know that he’s experienced wonderful results doing this very thing himself.
The Message interpretation of the Bible explains this quite well:
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Philippians 4:8-9
Summing It Up
As you can see, there are a lot of biblical references that refer to the spiritual laws of attracting and manifesting. Some churches may frown at law of attraction talk, but if you listen closely to what they’re teaching, many do teach the principles of this manifestation law. They simply use different words that parallel the LOA.
Books like “The Secret” may be spot on when it comes to the power of the law of attraction. However, there’s plenty of biblical evidence that the law of attraction is actually an ancient truth weaved all through the Bible and other sacred texts. Knowing this, we can all rejoice in the power of such a truth, and continue to use it as a tool to experience more peace, joy, and all the good things we desire.
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