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MORE TO THE SECRET

Though Rhonda Byrne’s book, The Secret, explains the concept and has many good things to say, author Ed Gungor thinks there is more to “The Secret” He also says by following only Byrne’s “Secret,” we can easily fall into the trap of material greed and social apathy.

In his book, More to the Secret, Gungor writes about the concept from a religious view-point by giving some interesting examples from The Bible. He tells us that God created the law of attraction. In our relationships with others, Jesus showed us how this law works. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

(Luke 6:36-38)

The author claims we all have creative power because our thoughts manifest into things. An example of this is the first creative event documented in Genesis where God created the universe with his words. (Words are thoughts expressed.) Likewise, God created man because he thought of us. We were made in the likeness of God. Our Creator put creative ability in our souls and the whole process happens through thoughts or the law of attraction.

Gungor states that there is a lot of spiritual warfare in our thought life. God wants us to take on His good thoughts while Satan wants us to take on evil ones. Thoughts of darkness cause anguish and misfortune in people’s lives and relationships. We need to take on God’s thoughts to achieve eternal life.

Byrne emphasized the use of The Secret for improvement of self and for personal financial gain. Gungor counters with this example from Solomon, “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure… Everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11)

The law of attraction becomes a dark secret when it is only used for selfish desires and not extended to good for others.

The secret works best when connected to God.

Lynan (Oct.’08) adds, “I was surprised to find a number of books written about the law of attraction. Each book empowers the reader with a different insight into The Secret.”

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