In recent years, and especially after the publication of the book The Secret and the documentary of the same name by Australian author Rhonda Byrne (2006), we’ve heard many world leaders and celebrities credit the Law of Attraction as the key to manifest success and create a dream life.
When the idea that whatever you focus on is yours went viral, with Oprah Winfrey, Jim Carrey, and Will Smith, among others, many people started believing that the Law of Attraction is deeply associated solely with materialism.
There is also a recent movie based in the Law of Attraction concepts, such as visualization, mind over body, positive vibes, manifesting, and source energy, with Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas, called The Secret: Dare to Dream.
While there are definitely some elements to The Law of Attraction that are strongly about achieving that material success, there are other areas that are definitely more spiritually based and many that even align with biblical principles.
To illustrate that, I’m sharing some of the best Bible verses that also work with Law of Attraction concepts.
What is the Law of Attraction?
Before we dive into the correlation between the Law of Attraction and Biblical Truth and study some Bible verses with you, let’s take a moment to remind ourselves what the Law of Attraction is.
The Law of Attraction is a universal law (like the law of gravity), which teaches that through your subconscious mind, you are able to create your own reality, in every aspect of your life, by asking, believing, and receiving.
Origins of the Law of Attraction
The concept first surfaced with the New Thought movement which started in the US in the early 1800s. The teachings of Phineas Quimby were central which focused on mind healing, positive energy, and practiced hypnotism. By the 1900s, the New Thought Alliance was formed based on the idea that the mind creates reality.
Based on that, many would consider The Law of Attraction to be one of those crazy new age philosophies taught by false prophets in the new age movement.
However, I have studied the teachings of The Law of Attraction extensively and have found many biblical principles in it.
Can Bible verses relate to the Law of Attraction?
I know lots of people will see believing in the Bible and believing in The Law of Attraction as being very different.
After studying both quite extensively, here’s my take on why there’s no reason that there can’t be some overlap between the two.
I have been an avid student of the Bible since childhood and I’ve studied and shared the stage with many of the teachers featured in The Secret film, such as Jack Canfield, Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols, Bob Proctor, and others.
Are there any Law of Attraction concepts in the Bible?
If we look a bit more deeply and explore the history of The Law of Attraction we will find that the original and authentic teachings of The Law of Attraction are based on the teachings of Jesus.
That’s why I believe Jesus Christ was a teacher of some aspects of The Law of Attraction.
It’s definitely true that He never really used that term directly, but then again, the term was not really used in biblical times and He didn’t give a name to any of His teachings, either.
If you read and study the Bible, you will find many indirect references to The Law of Attraction and some very direct ones, too.
What are some law of attraction Bible verses?
Today, we will look at the principles of The Law of Attraction from a biblical perspective and point out where we find its basic principles in the teachings of the Bible.
In fact, I have found that all the laws of attraction and laws of the universe can be correlated to at least one biblical verse.
But let’s have some examples of verses that can have alignment with the concept of the Law of Attraction to illustrate what I mean.
Bible verses that work with the Law of Attraction
There are many verses in the scriptures that support the Law of Attraction and explain how to use it in a spiritual way.
I will share with you just some of these Law of Attraction Bible verses, along with my personal interpretations.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
God, our Father, is not only The Creator, He is also the Master Architect and Designer.
This principle is referred to as “everything is created twice” or “thoughts become things” in The Law of Attraction.
We were created in God’s image and likeness, therefore, He empowers us to be like him and manifest miracles in His name.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
This verse, and other verses in the Bible, teaches us to reframe our thoughts to align with the Will and the Word of God.
In The Law of Attraction, this concept is called cognitive reframing, or reframing thoughts (from the negative thoughts into positive thoughts).
This works for me whenever I am leaning on my own understanding of a situation (Proverbs 3:5), I reframe it by reminding myself what God has to say about it in the Bible.
For example, when I’m in fear, I turn to Isaiah 41:10.
When I feel that a request is hopeless, I recite Ephesians 3:20,
… or when something is painful or depressing, I rely on Romans 8:28 for comfort.
As Wayne Dyer used to say:
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.”
We renew our mind when we root our beliefs in the Truth, because the truth will set us free. And like it says in James 1:5, when we lack wisdom, we must ask of God and trust Him.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
I love this Bible verse. It means that our thoughts shape who we are, so we must guard our thoughts.
This is probably the most quoted verse by those who believe in both the Bible and The Law of Attraction, because at first glance, it may seem that the Law of Attraction is only about focusing on positive thoughts, and there is so much more than that to it.
However, everything we do or don’t do begins with a thought and our thoughts reflect where our heart is and who we are becoming.
God teaches us to ‘set our minds on things above’ (Colossians 3:2), because that will result in actions that are in accordance with the “things above,” as well.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is within.”
In our Christian faith, we know that we believe and act not for this world, but with an eye to the Kingdom of God.
In this verse, we learn that within us, God has planted the seeds we need in order for His will to be done on earth, as it is in heaven, as we read on Matthew 6:10.
We do not achieve solely by our own efforts or by our own strength, but through God’s will and grace.
To this effect, Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, explains:
“We ask not that God may do His own will, but that we may be enabled to do what He wills should be done by us; and that it may be done in us we stand in need of that will, that is, of God’s aid and protection;”
We are empowered with gifts of the Spirit that help us do godly things, and when we act with the fruits of the spirit, we manifest the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
The Law of Attraction teaches that we can manifest great things and create what we desire, and those of us who accept Jesus as our Savior know that God, who created our mind, gets the merit, not the mind itself.
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve,” is only true when God allows it.
“And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”
The 3 main components most people know of the Law of Attraction are asking, believing, and receiving.
There are many Bible verses about asking, believing, and receiving, too.
Even though in the Law of Attraction literature there is no mention of prayer, when someone “asks, seeks, and knocks,” they are praying to God, whether they call it that or don’t.
It is only God who can manifest what someone asks for, whether they give God the glory or not.
I’m sure that makes sense to you!
In fact, one of the fundamental principles of the Law of Attraction is that it works whether you believe it or not, and you are practicing it whether you are conscious of it or not.
While it may seem that things would be better if everyone believed in my God and called Him Father, I do not possess all intelligence and I am no one to doubt the great Plan of God.
I strive to look for similarities over differences, bless everyone in their journey, and meet them where they are at, just as I hope they do for me!
“According to your faith, shall it be done to you.”
It is implied in this Bible verse that it is according to our faith in God that something shall be done to us.
No, I do not not believe that faith in the universe, or faith in ourselves creates our reality, but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe in manifestation.
According to Romans 2:11, God does not discriminate against anyone, and Matthew 5:45 says that “He makes his sun rise on evil and good and sends rain on righteous and unrighteous.”
Now, I must say we need to be careful of what we call “evil” and “unrighteous” and avoid judging others because their beliefs are a bit (or a lot) different from ours.
The point is that even though I am very intentional in invoking the name of God as my Father, I can assume He won’t turn one of His children away because they call Him “universe,” something we know He created.
To put the concept of manifestation into perspective, let’s remember that “faith without works is dead,” (James 2:17). How is this relevant?
Well, whether you are praying in His name or asking “the universe” for a righteous desire, you will not see it in your reality until you act in faith, until you take the steps that faith requires of you.
In Exodus 14:21-22, we read about one of many of Moses’ many feats as he parted the Red Sea. If we think about it, he had to stretch his staff in faith before anything happened.
Today, we know that the Israelites were required to cross before the waters long before they were parted!
The bottom line is that when anyone takes a step in faith, God will move, because He loves all His children.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
One of the concepts I really like about the Law of Attraction is being grateful for what we have not yet received as if we have received it.
When I watched The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, in the early 2000s, I was compelled to write a gratitude journal and to add a lot more thanksgiving when I come to God in prayer.
Whenever I feel anxious or worried, I thank God and hand over my issue to Him.
Paul refers to this as being “grateful therewith,“ which is about being “grateful in” whatever is going on.
It is no wonder that gratitude, “abounding in thanksgiving,” is one of my core values.
It gives me great peace to remind myself that God is my Provider and I can trust Him and surrender to His Perfect Will.
“If thou can believe, all things are possible, to him that believeth.”
We believe in a God of miracles.
When Peter believed that he could walk on water, he did (Matthew 14:29), and in the book of Daniel, we read that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego survived the fiery furnace that King Nebuchadnezzar threw them in.
In 2009, I attended a seminar called Unleash the Power Within, UPW for short, in which I decided to walk on hot coals and become a “Firewalker.”
It felt amazing, and rather than believing I am powerful on my own, I kept going back to Paul’s words:
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7).
The mind over body concept of the Law of Attraction means that everything is really possible when we act in faith and what we desire is God’s will for us.
Then Yahweh answered me, “Write the vision. Make it clear on tablets so that anyone can read it quickly. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it won’t be late.
Writing down a vision for your life and expecting it to come to pass, also known as “creative visualization,” in the Law of Attraction, is found in the Bible several times.
There is also a scientific basis for visualizing our actions before performing them, and this is especially evident in the sports world.
In Proverbs 29:18, we learn that “Where there is no vision, the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
When Joseph had a dream that he would rule over his brothers, they mocked him and eventually sold him as a slave. It took a long time for him to see this vision manifested and there were a lot of trials along the way – he lost it all!
However, not only did he keep his faith, he also kept the law (even though there were no commandments yet) and his vision came true at the appointed time.
As you recall “what humans meant for evil, God meant for good” (Genesis 50:20).
Does this mean that we create what we clearly and vividly imagine and dream? Not exactly.
Thoughts are not cosmic orders waiting to come to pass, but our thoughts do create our feelings and our feelings do dictate our decisions, and our decisions determine our actions, and, as the Bible says, we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).
In this way, the concept that your thoughts become your reality and that your strong feelings become your reality is both science and common sense.
You attract what you want by being what you want.
Sometimes that shows up in the form of what the world perceives as power and prosperity, but it is deeper than that, as we see in how God used Joseph.
He was both rich and powerful, but his mission went on to bless a whole nation and all generations beyond him.
Writing a vision is deciding in advance how we want to operate in our lives, and that requires us to become aware of our beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and to continually seek God’s guidance and Spirit.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Saint Augustine said it this way “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”
The Law of Attraction does not say you always get what you want, it says we get what we believe.
If you think about it – this is true for any follower of Jesus.
Faith is a belief in what we do not see, and it is also the assurance that what we see is what we need, because God has intended it or will make it work for us.
We profess our faith with our words and actions and it can really create our reality.
As a matter of fact, we sometimes seem delusional to ”non-believers” because they can only see the conditions, situations, and circumstances of this world.
Think about it: Mountains are synonymous with “immovable,” and yet Christ himself taught that our words of faith, with no doubt, could move mountains and that what we say “will come to pass” (Mark 11:23).
The proponents of the Law of Attraction believe in manifestation with the same deep feelings that we believe in miracles. It’s the same concept coming from two different perspectives.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
I know this may sound similar to the other verses; however, I wanted to highlight the term “everyone” in this Bible verse.
Saint Augustine said about this “It may be fully seen that none is neglected but he who hesitates to ask of God.”
You don’t have to believe in a certain way to be blessed – you just need to ask.
And I have experienced that genuinely validating someone’s experience with the Law of Attraction, will often inspire them to acknowledge the
Hand of God in their lives, and that attacking their beliefs has the opposite effect.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Christ said we could do great things, just like the things He did.
One of the practices that became popular with the teachings of the Law of Attraction is the habit of writing positive affirmations.
Even though these are not literal prayers in the name of Christ, they start with “I am” (Ego eimi), which we can see recorded in the Gospels as to how Jesus refers to himself.
When Moses asked for the name of God, the response was “I am” (Exodus 3:14).
Whether consciously or unconsciously, each of these are spiritual affirmations, and with each we invoke the name of God and his Son, Jesus Christ.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
This verse is almost the premise of the Law of Attraction word for word, isn’t it?
The word Desire, De-Sire, comes from the Latin meaning “of the Father,” to mean that it is of God where our desire springs forth.
So even though with both this Bible verse and The Law of Attraction one may think that God will give whatever we want, He is not our genie.
The concept means that what we wish for and comes from the Father, we will receive – whether in this life or the next.
As we read in 1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
This verse is above my little one’s crib.
It’s not necessarily a Law of Attraction concept, but I wanted to point out that whether you ask for health, the love of your life, this month’s house payment, or a designer handbag, whatever good things you do receive is a gift from God.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
There are many Bible Verses about thinking positively, but this one stands out the most.
The Law of Attraction tells us that “like attracts like” and that we must cultivate a positive attitude. This also means that we must forsake our negative mental attitude (blaming, complaining, and justifying).
Research has proven that positive thinking and optimism has the true potential to improve both our mental health and physical health, and it’s easy to conclude that it has the power to improve our relationship satisfaction, too.
Attracting something requires believing you will receive it and acting with certainty that you can receive it. There’s no magic in it, just human faith in Divine Power.
Does using the Law of Attraction go against the Bible?
There are some core teachings in the Law of Attraction that differ from Bible doctrine.
For instance, we don’t call God source energy or call him universe or nature; however we do call him our Higher Power and we believe in the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost.
The Law of Attraction states that we must be vibrating at a high frequency in order to manifest something, prophets have taught us that we can only feel this presence (the Spirit) when we are still and when we seek good places, people, thoughts, words, and feelings.
We don’t trust the universe to bless us.
We believe that God is our Father and that we have divine qualities that come from Him and that we can develop as we seek that Spirit.
But although there is more than vibrational frequency and positive vibes to following Christ, there isn’t anything in the Law of Attraction that goes fundamentally against the Bible.
Is It Okay To Practice The Law of Attraction As A Christian?
The Law of Attraction is an old concept that started out rooted and built up in God, and established in the faith (Colossians 2:7) and that has been modernized to focus on a material quest.
We do not need to throw the baby with the bath water. The baby is precious!
The Law of Attraction is a spiritual practice that many Bible verses actually back up and it is a great start for those who don’t have a personal relationship with God.
By knowing what the Law of Attraction teaches and knowing which concepts are grounded in a biblical worldview, we can see that there is nothing wrong with the Law of Attraction.
If you know and believe in the Bible, it’s healthy to find common ground and know what your boundaries are always clear so you do not cross a line and your loyalty remains in your faith (Colossians 2:8).
Overall, the Law of Attraction is a harmless concept to those who are faithful followers of Christ, and a great spiritual start for those who are not.
Have you found Biblical evidence or any Bible Verses that support The Law of Attraction? Share any relevant Scripture passages with us below.