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Your Eyes Shall Be Opened, And You Shall Be As God, Knowing Good and Evil — Post by Michael J. Findley

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Eve was deceived. Adam chose his wife above the Word of God and rebelled. God never intended Adam and Eve to experience evil. He desired they only know Him and enjoy Him forever. God wanted them, as He wants us, to fully and intimately know and experience good without the knowledge and experience of evil. Instead of the promised freedom, they had knowledge of the bondage of death.

Adam and Eve now had the full knowledge of good and evil. And the eyes of them both were opened. Nothing externally changed with them. Yet they knew that they were naked. “So what?” They were naked before they ate the fruit and they were still naked. There were no other humans to see their nakedness. Except perhaps for the serpent, the animals did not care. The Lord God had created them and understood them intimately. So why was their first reaction to make aprons of fig leaves? There in the garden, what was wrong with being naked?

The Scriptures do not say, they felt they were naked, but that they knew they were naked. Though they certainly felt shame, the important fact was not the change in the way they felt. Rather it was a change in their understanding.

“Upon this they perceived that they were become naked to one another; and being ashamed thus to appear abroad, they invented somewhat to cover them; for the tree sharpened their understanding; and they covered themselves with fig-leaves; and tying these before them, out of modesty, they thought they were happier than they were before, as they had discovered what they were in want of.” Josephus

The most important point in understanding this passage is not available in English. The Orthodox Jewish Bible contains a number of transliterations of critical words.

And they were both arummim (naked ones), the adam and his isha [woman, wife], and were not ashamed. Now the Nachash [Serpent] was more arum (cunning, crafty, wiley) than any beast of the sadeh … And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were eirummim (naked ones); Bereshis 2:25-3:1& 7 Orthodox Jewish Bible

Now the man and his wife were both naked (nude) and were not ashamed. Now the serpent was more crafty (shrewd) than any beast of the field …Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; (nude) Genesis 2:25-3:1 & 7 (NASB)

I added the words “nude” and “shrewd” to point out that in Hebrew this is the same word in all three places. In the LXX (Septuagint) they are different words, so we know that the English translations are correct for meaning. The LXX and the various translations have the correct meaning, but they miss the important word play. The serpent was also naked (nude) and Adam and Eve were also crafty (shrewd). The serpent was crafty in the sense of naked. We use the word “naked” or “candid” the same way today, as in “the naked truth,” meaning complete and unembellished. Now the serpent was more naked (secondary meaning) than any beast of the field. Yet what he told Eve, though designed to sound honest and truthful, was completely dishonest. This word play also explains the embarrassment of Adam and Eve. They understood that they were tricked, deceived.

English poetry uses rhymes and meter to create images and convey meaning. This is illustrated in the above use of “nude” and “shrewd.” To a lesser extent it uses homophones, words that sound alike but have different meanings, such as road and rode. In the Romeo and Juliet example above, “a grave man,” the word “grave” meaning both “serious” as in seriously injured, and “dead” or in a grave. Hebrew poetry relies much more heavily on wordplays and homophones and the original Hebrew words are a strong example of that.

“Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.” (Hebrews 10:33)

From ISBE “In Hebrews 10:33, ‘gazingstock’ is the translation of theatrizo, ‘to bring upon the theater,’ ‘to be made a spectacle of,’ ‘made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions’; compare 1 Corinthians 4:9, theatron ginomai, where Paul says the apostles were ‘made a spectacle unto the world,’ the King James Version margin ‘(Greek) theater.’ The reference in both instances is to the custom of exhibiting criminals, and especially gladiators, men doomed to death, in theaters. ‘In the morning men are exposed to lions and bears; at mid-day to their spectators; those that kill are exposed to one another; the victor is detained for another slaughter; the conclusion of the fight is death.’ (Seneca, Ep. vii, quoted by Dr. A. Clarke on 1 Corinthians 4:9). We are apt to forget what the first preachers and professors of Christianity had to endure.”

Adam and Eve were therefore made aware that they were exposed, nude, to the entire spiritual world. Possibly spiritual beings, such as Angels, had been observing them all along, and those in rebellion with Satan were already jealous of their relationship with God and lustful over them, watching them the way wild beasts and gladiators in the arena sized up their future prey or opponents.

Graham Hancock (In Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind) has a different point of view which actually might support this. In His book Supernatural, he believes that the fruit Adam and Eve ate “sharpened their understanding” (Josephus) through a psychotropic effect. In some way it gave them what we would call a “high” that opened doors to spiritual understanding.

There is an anthropological and archaeological theory, briefly outlined in Chapter One, that seems to offer at least a partial answer to this question. According to this theory prehistoric rock and cave art around the world expresses mankind’s first and oldest notions of the supernatural, of the “soul”, and of realms of existence beyond death – notions that took shape in “altered states of consciousness” most likely brought on by the consumption of psychoactive plants.

It allowed them to “see” things that our material eyes cannot see, such as angels with them in the garden. This position also believes that it required personal discipline, and a level of maturity which they did not have yet.

One example of this is when the king of Aram sent troops to Dothan to capture Elisha and surrounded the city. “Horses and chariots and a great army” arrived at Dothan “by night and surrounded the city. Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So [Elisha] answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:14-17 NASB

Real is not the same as material. Elisha and his servant could see very real horses and chariots of firs. There were real, but not material. The dreams of Pharaoh, Joseph and Nebucadnezzar were all real, but not material. Each of these dreams predicted events that came to pass.

When God finished creating the heavens and the earth at the end of the sixth day, everything was “very good.” Psychotropic plants and the tree of knowledge of good and evil were created “very good.” Cars and aircraft are good but we do not want four year olds driving or piloting them. Adam and Eve were not yet ready for these experiences.

The Book of Enoch is not considered inspired but it is believed to have been written in ancient times. It speaks about spiritual beings who observed Heaven and also Earth, and could look at God’s and man’s activities there. It also hints at what may have been Satan’s original rebellion.

From Chapter 2

1. “All who are in the heavens know what is transacted there … without transgressing the commands, which they have received.”

2. “They behold the earth, and understand what is there transacted, from the beginning to the end of it.”

From Chapter 5

“But you endure not patiently, nor fulfill the commandments of the Lord; but you transgress and calumniate his greatness; and malignant are the words in your polluted mouths against his Majesty. You withered in heart, no peace shall be to you!”

5. “Therefore your days shall you curse, and the years of your lives shall perish; perpetual execration shall be multiplied, and you shall not obtain mercy.”

If this is correct, that fallen angels observed and lusted after Adam and Eve, then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked. Genesis 3:7 NASB means that Adam and Eve for the first time understood lust. The inadequate sewing of fig leaves together shows their feeble attempt to control lust.

God not only agreed that Adam and Eve correctly understood the situation, but showed them that there was nothing they could do to atone for their sin. The LORD God killed an animal, an animal they had been able to talk to, but which had to die to provide an adequate covering. This leather covering was necessary to atone for their sin as well as to hide their nakedness.

Also, they knew that they were naked the same way that later Adam knew his wife Eve and she bore children. The word “knew” is the same word in both instances. Adam understood lust.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:13-15

The immediate result of Adam eating the fruit was the understanding of sexual lust. The overwhelming desire to cover their nakedness is explained by the tradition of other spiritual beings walking in the garden. These other beings had already seen Adam and Eve naked, but Adam had just unleashed lust on the universe. Perhaps Adam opened a pathway or at least a means of communication between our universe and this nonmaterial world of evil. Perhaps this gives us the real identity of the “Ancient teachers of mankind” Graham Hancock speaks of.

Excerpted From Conflict of the Ages, Part Two The Origin of Evil in the World That Was  (Coming soon from Findley Family Video Publications).

Image from Wikimedia Commons: An artifact known as the “Adam and Eve Tablet” was excavated from Iraq in 1846 and is now part of the British Museum collection. It is dated to be from 2200 BC and is identified as a Sumerian seal tablet. It includes a man and a woman seated on either side of a tree, with a serpent also present in the image.

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Marriage Is Not Rape — Post by Michael J. Findley

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Occasionally I encounter a secularist position so bizarre that I have never encountered it before. While the position I am describing below might be common among journalists, I certainly have never personally encountered someone who believed it before.

He wrote a commentary on Numbers 31:16-18 “Behold, these caused the sons of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, so the plague was among the congregation of the Lord. Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately. But all the girls who have not known man intimately, spare for yourselves.”

And Deuteronomy 21:10-13: “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive, and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself, then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and trim her nails. She shall also remove the clothes of her captivity and shall remain in your house, and mourn her father and mother a full month; and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.”

These are his words: “how to prepare a newly captured slave girl (after murdering her whole family) before RAPING her, and that you can just let her go if she doesn’t please you (clearly not a wife, with that condition, right?).”

To keep you from being confused, God gave us two entire books of the Bible on this issue from the woman’s point of view. Before considering the books of Ruth and Esther, we must understand two very important points. Killing people in war is not murder. That point is a lie. No sugar coating is possible. Second, liberal immorality has its own standards. Though liberals reject the authority of the Word of God and the sins condemned in the word of God, they elevate other behaviors to the status of sin which are either not called sins in the Word of God or are not severely condemned in the Word of God. Blasphemy, fornication, lying, stealing and neglecting your parents are all perfectly acceptable behavior (when no one gets hurt). Smoking and obesity are elevated to major sins, along with neglecting the homeless and probably the worst sin of all, exposing their hypocrisy.

In the Bible, corporal punishment is commanded. Prisons are condemned. Of course the sanctimonious hypocrisy of unbelievers arrogantly condemns any form of corporal punishment. They viciously condemn anyone who dares to disagree with their inflated sense of self-righteousness.

Which leads to their idea of the greatest sin, slavery. Probably slavery is such a great sin in the mind of liberals because we no longer have slavery in this country and also because specific conditions of slavery are spelled out in the Mosaic Law. Their condemnation of slavery is quite an ego boost. Slaves, according to the Word of God, were property. While we cannot support the caricature of slavery portrayed in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, responsible owners usually treat property very well.

The following linked article actually has some good points about the differences between worldly standards and understanding of slavery and how it is actually handled in the Bible http://kgov.com/what-does-the-bible-say-about-slavery

Slavery in Bible had two important features which differ from the slavery we are familiar with. Slavery for a Hebrew male was intended to be temporary. According to the Law, every Hebrew slave was to be released after seven years Exodus 21:2) and upon the year of Jubilee, every fiftieth year.

What seems bizarre to a liberal unbeliever is the provision for a bondslave. When the year of Jubilee came, a slave might choose, of his own free will, to remain a slave. Once the slave made that choice, he would remain a slave to the same master forever. Under the Law, a bondslave was not to be sold. Also, being a Jew was religious as well as national origin. Jewish convert slaves were to be release on the year of Jubilee as well. The failure of property owners to free their slaves was major issues under the ministries of Jeremiah and Nehemiah. This was one of the major sins which lead to the Babylonian captivity. They refused to free their slaves, so they became slaves.

Slavery for women was intended to be marriage. This is why unbelievers rant that this is rape. Since secularist thinking so dominates our culture, we will examine how two women, Ruth and Esther handled this Law. First, Jesus condemned the practice of more than one wife with these words “from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” Mark 10:6-9.So according to the Law of Moses and the divine commentary by Jesus, to purchase a female slave meant the same as to acquire a wife.

A Hebrew man with a Hebrew wife and two Hebrew sons from the tribe of Judah and the city of Bethlehem traveled around the Dead Sea to the country of Moab. His two sons married Moabite women. The man and his two sons died. His widow, Naomi, and the two daughters in law started back to Bethlehem, but one woman returned to Moab. Ruth rejected the gods of Moab and accepted the God of Israel. Back in Judah, Ruth gleaned in fields as a slave girl, or a homeless woman even below the status of a slave. She requested and received redemption from a wealthy landowner named Boaz. This redemption made Ruth, a foreigner and either a slave or below a slave, his wife. She likely had to undergo the purification rites described in Deuteronomy 21. David was the great-grandson of Ruth and Boaz.

The traditional view of Esther is that she was in the line of Saul, with the social status of a noblewoman. The Babylonians dragged her family into slavery, along with all the Jews. When the Persian King, either Xerxes according to Jewish tradition, or Artaxerxes his son according to the LXX, wanted a new Queen, he forcibly put Esther into the harem. Most of the women put into the harem would have sex one time with the king and be isolated from all men for the rest of their lives. One, and only one woman, whom the king would choose would be Queen. But the woman chosen to be Queen could be killed or exiled at any time, based on the whim of the king. What rational woman would want this? Unlike the Jewish purification rites of thirty days, as recorded in Deuteronomy 21, Esther had to undergo twelve months of purification rites. Also under the Mosaic Law, if a slave woman was taken to be a wife, the man was responsible to provide for her the rest of her life, even if he took another woman as a wife. The Persian concubines who the king rejected had food and clothing but lived in isolation. Under Mosaic Law, a rejected woman could be freed, a freedom the rejected women of the Persian harem would love to have had.

So while secular humanist sneers, “clearly not a wife,” the truth is, not only was she a wife, but she was better off than the concubines in the harem of the Persian Court.

Image credit Ruth and Boaz by David Wilkie Wynfield Date painted: 1879  Oil on canvas, 101.5 x 162.5 cm Collection: Harris Museum & Art Gallery

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Thinking Things Through — Michael J. Findley

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The Internet is blamed for creating shallow thinking, with chatrooms and social networks. However, people were just as shallow in 1974. The opportunity to share information through the Internet can, if the opportunity is used properly, create deeper thinking. In 1974, if you wished to end a discussion, you had to either walk away or throw someone (often many someones) out of your room. While that can still be true today, many online discussions can simply be broken off.

When I went to college in 1974, there were just a few pay phones on each floor of the dormitory. Computers were the size of rooms and limited to professionals. Computers had no monitors and were only used for business applications. Even heathkits, the build your own computers, were years away. The Super Bowl was brand new, along with Monday night football. The Carpenters were the number one group in America. Many people in my parents’ generation did not have an automobile. Both of my grandparents and my mother-in-law never had a driver’s license. Major papers had to be manually typed to be handed in, which was a serious problem. Most communication was either face to face or by letter.

The most important differences between today and 1974, from my personal perspective, are the volume or amount of information available and the ease in composing an article, paper or a letter. In 1974, libraries often had closed stacks. Closed stacks both protected valuable books from theft and allowed more books to be crammed into smaller spaces. It also made access to information more difficult. Frequently the book or article you needed was not even available at your library and you had to either request the book to be sent via interlibrary loan or you had to request a librarian to find a library that had the book, find out if the book was available, reserve the book, then go to that library.

Once you had the information you needed, you began writing the paper: by hand, with a pencil or pen on paper. Since correcting typos was very difficult, even if you owned a very expensive typewriter, you made certain your paper was written correctly before typing it.

This process required thinking through your position, your thesis, over a longer period of time. While many of the papers handed in were still of very poor quality, the authors were completely responsible for their own works.

Today, with the ease of cut and paste, Google searches, spellcheckers, auto-correction and printers, which can reprint a new paper if any errors are corrected after the paper is printed, many people have grown lazy.

Both the ease of research and the ease of creating a new paper can, in a well-disciplined writer, create higher quality research in less time. This should result in higher quality finished paper.

For the most part, that dream of a higher quality finished paper or article has not been realized. There are several reasons. Writers who used to write by hand and turn their work over to a typist now have to present a finished paper by themselves. The extra eyes of the typist caught not only typos but also logic and grammatical errors. As costs have risen, so has the pressure to produce more papers and articles in a shorter period of time. Less time means not as well thought through ideas.

In 1974, the maxim was drilled into us to finish one project before starting another. This is how the human mind works. Now the emphasis is on multitasking. While humans and animals have always multitasked, we are not machines. We can only focus on one task at a time and do that job well. Distractions have always been a part of life. Today, we allow distractions to drive us. Laws are passed against distracted driving, yet people still drive distracted. The rising fatality rates prove that.

The greatest problem is not the pressures, the tools or the distractions. It is our lack of a desire to do our best. I was taught that each project I did should be my best. I should learn something every day, something that I should be able to incorporate, include into all future projects. That was the reason for experience on resumes. That attitude was replaced by a “just get by attitude.”

Every believer should do everything he does to the Glory of God. It is the unbeliever who practices “eat, drink and by merry for tomorrow we die.”

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10: 31

Image from Kozzi.com, Instinia’s Portfolio, Antique Typewriter. http://www.kozzi.com/portfolio/index/contributor/1620

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Guest Post by Precarious Yates: A Worthy Disciple and new release book “How Shall We Then Love?”

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“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” ~ Jesus (Luke 14:26)

This is one of the most difficult sayings of Jesus. In classic hyperbole language, He tells us that the weightiest part of our finite love should be directed at God.

But even knowing that this is hyperbole, it doesn’t make it any easier.

Cornelia, the main character and narrator of How Shall We Love?, is asked by Shepherd, her father, to lie about his relationship with one of his students. Before this moment, Shepherd is Cornelia’s biggest hero. She wants to love him no matter what and to live with him instead of with her mom, but he’s all but outlawed her pursuit of Christianity. (You find out why later on in the novel.)

This brings up the question: Do we value family so much that we’d disregard the commands of God?

Cornelia struggles with this question throughout the novel. Some say that if you don’t love people in the way that they feel loved then you do not love them.

Life gets messy and complicated, but that doesn’t excuse us from the commands that Jesus gave. He said the two greatest commandments are to love God and then to love people. Jesus goes so far as to say that loving people is like loving God. So, how shall we love?

Jesus didn’t give us these commands only to leave us as orphans to live them out. He gave us His Holy Spirit to partner with us in this journey of learning how to love. God is love, and He will produce that fruit in our lives.

If, on our journey, we place the philosophy of our loved ones above God’s commands, we cannot be his disciple.

But if we place such a high value on God’s commands that we’re unfazed by the philosophy of man, we will be worthy disciples.

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Precarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their mastiff. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

The book, “How Shall We Then Love?” Is available here: http://www.amazon.com/How-Shall-We-Love-ebook/dp/B00B8VOHZ4

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Guest Post by Victoria Findley: Review of the Movie “Brave”

Synopsis:

A tale of a fiery headed princess determined to be independent of any authority at any cost.

Summary (spoilers)

Merida is the eldest daughter of a King and Queen Elinor. Father rescued her from an evil bear at an early age. She is taught school and ladyhood by her mother and taught how to shoot an arrow, fight, hunt and ride by her father. Her mother tells her how important her marriage is to unify the clans and tells the story of a brother that destroyed others because he refused to work in unity with his brothers. However, she rejects the proposals by suitors from other clans. Her mother and father (who thinks the young men are not worth much, rightly so, but still knows the clans must be united as promised by marriage) have set them up for her. She defeats their plan  by winning the archery contest to deny any suitors.

Merida and her mother fight, refusing to listen to each other, causing the daughter to destroy a tapestry of the family. The mother in anger threw Merida’s bow into the fire. Daughter runs off in anger, mother angry, but pulls bow out of the fire. Instead of the daughter repenting, she follows spirits/wisps (aka fate changers) and makes a deal with a witch to change her mother. the witch gave her a potion for her mother to eat. Meanwhile Father hosts the deserted men and clans, while the daughter tricks her mother by offering the food as a peace offering, which turns her mother into a bear. Because her father hates bears because of the evil bear that attack them early on, the daughter sneaks her mother/bear out of the castle while father and clans chase them around. Meanwhile her triplet brothers eat remains of the food and also turn into bears. The daughter still insists the whole time that she hasn’t done anything wrong. Daughter tries to find the witch again in order to turn her mom back. Meanwhile her mother feels so helpless as a bear since she was anti-weapons, fighting or hunting, since it she considered it ‘unladylike’. The daughter finds the witch’s house but the witch is not there and leaves a message that unless she remembers these words: “Fate be change, mend the bond, torn by pride” her mother’s fate will be permanent.

While mother bear and daughter hide in the rainy woods, daughter remembers the love mom had shown. Mother and daughter bond as daughter teaches her how to survive and not to be too dependent on being proper in the woods. However mom is slowly turning into a real bear on the inside. Wisps show up again and show mother and daughter the old and fallen home of brothers from the story her mom told earlier. Then daughter realizes that the big evil bear that her father hates used to be the oldest brother. He had also gone to the witch and asked her to give him the strength of ten men so she turned him into a bear. The bear was at the ruins and chased them off.

The daughter realized that tapestry was the bond that was broken (torn by pride) and needed to be mended. Mother and daughter get back to the castle and the daughter skillfully talked to the clans like a lady. They were were beginning to fight among themselves because she did not give an answer yet. She reminded them that they chose to be united because of friendship and loyalty not just because of marriages. However, father finds mama bear, not knowing it was his wife and chased it down. Mother and father fight off evil bear and spell is broken when Merida says “I’m sorry and it was all my fault.”. The sons and Merida all agree to only marry for love providing the clans agree to stay united otherwise and they do.

Objectionable parts: some male nudity (butts), traditions were made to be broken, follow your heart instead, father and other men come off as nutcases and goofballs, being a lady is overrated.

Excellent parts: daughter admits she was wrong and has to work hard to change the consequences, parents love each other and their children, father is the leader of the family and clans do respect him, hunting and weapons are not bad, making deals with a witch is dangerous, excellent 3-D animations, parents may be hard but they love their children, repentance is the first step to fixing serious problems.

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Guest Post: “The Secret”: Do You Know What It Is? by Marilynn Dawson

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A book was recently placed in my hand, being touted as having very powerful concepts that I should read this weekend.  The book is entitled, “The Secret” and is copyrighted 2006.  

I have only gotten a few pages into the first chapter, but already it is abundantly clear what this secret is and verses from Scripture began flying through my mind.  Verses from Proverbs, the Gospels, Genesis, etc.

Interestingly enough, the author of this book, “The Secret”, claims you will find it in every known and ancient religion and civilization including both Judaism and Christianity.  The author and those they interview, refer to The Secret as none other than the Law of Attraction.  Even more interesting is where these voices claim this law has particular power, and that is in the mind, in the thoughts.

God’s Word has amazing things to say about the human heart and mind.  The first is found in the book of Genesis where we learn that whatever man puts his mind to do, he will accomplish!

Genesis 11:6  And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

From then on however, every search in my King James Version Bible for the word “imaginations” links the term to the evils found in the heart of unregenerate man.  Same with the thoughts of mankind.

We are told continually to place our thoughts on God and not on ourselves, yet this book, “The Secret” claims this universal Law of Attraction for entirely selfish purposes.  It places the focus squarely on ourselves.

1 Chronicles 28:9  And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

Psalms 94:11  The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

1 Corinthians 3:20  And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Ephesians 6:10-12  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We know from Scripture, that the mind is the battle ground of the enemy!  We are told in Proverbs to guard our hearts for out of it are the issues of life!  We are told to take every thought captive to the things of God, not so that we can have everything our hearts desire, but so that we may escape the wiles of the enemy and avoid damning our souls to hell.

Hardly a few pages into this book, the author claims people have been healed, fortunes have been changed, loved ones brought back from the brink of death, risen out of wheel chairs, etc.  All due to this Law of Attraction.

Now this is how this law works:  According to this author, what you think will attract more thoughts just like it.  If they are negative, negative thoughts will join them, if they are positive, positive thoughts will join them.  The author encourages the reader then, to avoid the thoughts that drag them down and focus on the thoughts that will build them up.

On the surface this sounds like a very truthful observation, and similar thoughts are indeed found in the pages of the sacred writings of Judaism and Christianity.  However, without Christ, these are incredibly vain and self-serving, and in Christ, they are misdirected and can cost a person their faith if mishandled.

God does not deny that the heart and mind is a powerful thing.  Our emotions have much to do with how we see the world and respond to it, both in our thoughts and in the actions those thoughts produce.  It is 100% true that everything anyone has ever said or done, has been based on a thought first and foremost!  Every single thing!  This is where satan wants to trip us up if he can.  Take our minds off Christ and onto ourselves, get us thinking that we are our own savior and can call our own destiny.

This message comes out in these first few pages loud and clear!  Through our thoughts, this author preaches, we can decide our destiny and we can bring it about our way in our time!

God’s Word says there is a way that seems right to a man, but the Lord decides the outcome!  The mantra that man is the chief conductor of his soul, that man is king of his own heart, that man charts his own waters has indeed been trumpeted down through the centuries from the Garden of Eden through to this book now sitting on my desk!

The enemy of our souls knows how to package his lies so that we take the throne of our lives and not God!

I am quite frankly amazed at how the lie is spelled out in these first few pages of this book.

For the Christian, we must be aware of these kinds of teachings and ensure that we do not propogate them in our own hearts and lives or those of others.  Scripture tells us to place our thoughts on things above, not on earth beneath, to seek first the Kingdom of God and not our own ambitions, to lean on God’s understandings and not our own, to place the paths of our lives in God’s hands and not seek to direct it ourselves, to place Christ on the throne and not sit there instead.  Any thought that becomes self-serving is to be thrown under the Cross and every thought that serves God is to be exalted and acted on.

In this way we see what God means when He says that man’s ways are so much lower than His.  Yes if we dwell on the negative too often, we will engage in what is known as self-fulfilling prophecy and make our lives worse instead of better merely by how we look at the world.  I’m not disputing that.  The positive thinker always does better in life than the negative thinker.  The twist is where those positive thoughts are focussed and the type of thoughts focussed on most.

A person can think themselves ill and many times can think themselves better, no argument.  There is a certain level of truth to the concept of mind over matter.  However the most positive thinker still needs medication and doctor attention every now and then.  We are not the master of our ship as the world would like to teach us.  God is!  We must learn to see ourselves as God sees us, learn to dwell on the precepts, promises and teachings of God’s Word and allow them to shape how we think and feel about the world around us.  We must make the Kingdom of God our focus and dwell on the things above instead of on the things beneath if we ever hope to be of use to God among the lost we run into every day!

The law of attraction. . . The best Biblical example of this is the various times God says to draw near to Him and He will draw near to us!

James 4:7-8  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

We can attract the enemy by the thoughts we allow into our minds, or we can attract the God of the Universe by the thoughts we choose to put into our minds.  If our thoughts are always about ourselves and our selfish ambition, guess who’s going to come along and encourage those thoughts?  If our thoughts are toward God and the things of God, guess who’s going to come along to encourage those thoughts?  Who do we want to attract?  Yes thoughts beget like thoughts, but thoughts go further than the author of “The Secret” understands, and attract spiritual forces for good or evil, for eternity separated from or drawn near to Christ Himself.

We can attract the wrong people into our lives, as Proverbs says, encouraging us to be careful the company we keep as bad company corrupts good character.  We can attract our own downfall by hanging out with the wrong crowd and hording riches for ourselves.  Proverbs is a great book for how we as Christians should think and feel and as a result behave toward life around us!

The secret is not in the Law of Attraction, it is in where we choose to put our focus.  That is the battle ground!  God gave us a free will to choose the influences we allow into our lives for good or evil.

I’m not sure I want to continue reading this book now that I have had just a small taste of the lie it is perpetrating.  I’m not sure I want to let it’s words influence how I think and who gets to sit on the throne of my heart and mind.  Discernment should be the greater part of valor, I feel.  I will not allow the enemy a potential foothold to influence the thoughts and imaginations of my heart.

Scripture is the only psychology textbook I need, and contains too many examples of the heart and mind found without God, contrasted to many examples of the heart and mind found IN God.  The Holy Spirit knows the heart of man better than any human author ever will!  God’s Word cuts right to the chase of every heart and mind that picks it up, acting as mirror, discerner, teacher, rebuker, encourager, exhorter, comforter, and more!

No, I know The Secret to living an abundant life here on earth, and that secret is to put God first in all I do, all I think, all I say, etc.  Do I live it out all the time?  No, unfortunately I am not always found living these out, but I know them and endeavor to live them out as best I am able, continually asking the Holy Spirit’s help in the process.

It is my prayer that this author and those quoted, will learn this greater secret and that God will get the glory in their lives.

This book places man at the center of the universe, but God says He is the center of the universe and we are to be drawn to Him!  No. . . The last couple pages of the book are worse than the first few. . . Man is NOT King of the Universe!  Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, is KING!!!  I read the last few pages of HIS book too, and I know who wins! . . . and it isn’t man!

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