Marcelo is the pastor of Iglesia Conexiones, and the author of Biblical Prayer for Today's Believers: Transform Your Prayer Life.
What Is The Secret
The Secret, a documentary based on the book by Rhonda Byrne, introduces the viewer to what it calls the law of attraction. According to the documentary, the law of attraction has been known by great figures throughout history, since Babylon; but these same people kept it a secret, from the rest of humanity.
What is the secret? The secret is that you attract into your life what you think about with feeling. Whether you are thinking about one million dollars, love, or your fear of being persecuted, you will attract these things into your life if you think about them with feeling.
How Does It Work?
Just what makes this law of attraction work is unknown. However, the documetary suggests that your thoughts broadcast signals that the universe receives and responds to by producing what you are thinking about. The universe is really reponsive by people's minds. Therefore, you are the creator of your own destiny.
Therefore, people have to learn to control what is in their mind. Rather than focusing on negatve thoughts, people have to train their minds to think positively. Moreover, in order to create strong signals, you should use various strategies that help you feel your thoughts--such as painting and visualizing.
The Christian Perspective
From a Christian and biblical perspective, the secret is a dangerous belief. It undermines people's faith in God and Jesus Christ as the source of all good things in life, and it builds up face in one's own ability and/or in the universe. Moreover, it makes it easy for people to focus on their own desires without giving regard to objective moral values and God's will.
But is there any truth to the law of attraction? First of all, Christians should remember that Satan loves to tell lies that mix truth with error (Genesis 3:4-5). Second of all, Christians should remember that demons are particularly interested in deceiving humanity (1 Kings 22:22, 2 Chronicles 18:21). Third, just because it works doesn't mean you should do it (1 Samuel 28:20, 1 Timothy 4:1).
The Secret and Christianity
When I was watching the documentary, there was a moment when I felt as if I was listening to a preacher of the prosperity gospel. Ask, believe, receive—that's what the documentary says we should do. But, should Christians do it? No, of course note.
Much of what I heard in this documentary sounded like what I have heard Christians says: claim it, bleieve it, declare it. I would urge Christians to examine what they are saying and compare it to the Bible to make sure that their faith is placed where it rightly belongs: on God and Jesus Christ, and on God's word.
My Reason for Watching It
Why, then, did I watch The Secret? The reason I watched the secret is to inform myself of what people believe and the spiritual experiences they claim to have. As someone who teaches the Bible and preaches the gospel, I think that it is beneficial to undertand the questions that people exploring to be able to answer them from a Christian perspective.
But would I recommend this documentary to a Chrisitian family? No, I would not.