One of the most enduring questions and potentially even concerns related to the law of attraction is where it is compatible with religion. It’s easy to see why, as both touch on spiritualism, creationism and many other factors. However, while they do indeed cross over, they do so in contrasting ways.
First and foremost, I want to make clear that I do indeed use the law of attraction – I couldn’t write about it as much as I do without having some idea of what I’m talking about. I also need to clarify that I don’t consider myself particularly religious. I’m from a Christian upbringing, but I don’t attend church and I don’t look to a specific higher power for guidance. In many ways, I suppose the law of attraction fills the part of my life that religion does for others.
I don’t believe that religion and the law of attraction are necessarily compatible, and if you’re wondering whether the law of attraction is a sin, allow me to lead you through my thought process.
Given that I have some experience with Christianity, or at least more than with any other religion, I’ll be using that for the sake of comparison. I would rather not speak on something of which I know very little, which covers just about every other religion. However, the musings below should be adaptable to any viewpoint, so consider them for yourself.
Does the Law of Attraction Consider Religion?
People have written about the law of attraction, or at least ideas that we now consider as part of the law of attraction, for centuries. Most would agree that religion is less important to people as a whole today than it was in the 19th century when the first major texts came together.
There were various mentions of the Bible, Jesus and other religious influences in these early texts. However, modern writings such as The Secret make no mention at all. Indeed, most practitioners go out of their way to speak on a basis in science rather than religion. Incidentally, The Secret also refers to practitioners of the law of attraction as being ‘gods’. While I’m no religious scholar, I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s a big no-no to position oneself as a god unless you are, in fact, the God to which the bible refers.
It’s a situation whereby the law of attraction and religion was once compatible. However, it feels like this is no longer the case. That’s not a sweeping statement, as some seek to combine both, but I feel that they would have to compromise in parts to make this possible.
With the Law of Attraction, You are the Creator
Another conflict between the law of attraction and religion is that the former puts the onus on the individual to create the existence in which they wish to live. Again, that falls foul of the Bible’s teachings, as God is the creator and it is He that basically sets people on their path.
Christianity teaches that you have your own free will, but that it’s superseded by God’s. That again doesn’t exactly work all that well in the context of the law of attraction, which teaches that the buck stops with you.
So, is the Law of Attraction a Sin?
My observations aren’t the be all and end all, but I would posit that yes, the law of attraction is a sin, or at least sinful in nature. To truly commit to the law of attraction, you must diminish the importance of God and his influence on your life.
At the same time, the flexibility of the law of attraction means that you can always improvise. It’s not for me to say that using the law makes you less of a Christian, and it’s not for anyone to say that because you believe in God and go to church that you can’t use the law to create your perfect existence. Context matters, and while I feel it could be considered a sin, it’s not the biggest affront to religion you could ever experience.
If you’re torn, decide what’s more important to you. As with just about anything we discuss here at Widibi, it’s always best to have an idea of the destination, even if you haven’t a clue about the journey. Understand your religion, and understand the law of attraction. Consider whether they’re compatible for you and decide where you’d like to be.