A Theological Contradiction at the Heart of the Law of Attraction
If you ‘believe’ in the Law of Attraction, which is far more make believe than it is ‘science’, then its central premise goes something like this: the Universe is impartial — neither inherently ‘good’ or inherently ‘bad’ — and manifests our desires based on our energetic frequency, so that if we have bad thoughts then bad shit happens, and conversely, if we have good thoughts then our wildest dreams magically come true.
This overly simplistic ‘philosophy’ adopted by Law of Attraction proponents becomes unstuck when we consider such disasters as floods, earthquakes, famine and, most recently, COVID-19. Law of Attraction believers would argue that such disasters befall not only individuals but entire nations simply because they willed it so, whether consciously or subconsciously: a starving child is starving because their frequency is ‘too low’; a soldier dies in battle because, subconsciously, he willed his own death; and a world devastated by a deadly pandemic suffers because, collectively, the whole world willed it into being. Such an attitude is, of course, severely lacking in empirical veracity and common sense, but more dangerously it is lacking in compassion and responsibility. Alas, the ethical shortcomings of the Law of Attraction are beyond the scope of this blog, suffice it to say that its fundamental premises are, at best, utter bullshit.
On the other hand, and in direct contrast to the Law of Attraction, Christians (or at least those who believe in the God of classical theism) posit an all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving deity. It is precisely the so-called omni-benevolence of God that has caused such intense debate and division amongst theologians throughout the centuries, for indeed how can an all-loving deity allow evil to exist in the world?
Space does not permit me to discourse on the multifarious theodicies put forward by Christian theologians in defence of their beliefs and justifying the ways of God to man; but the long and short of it is that, if we follow the New Age stance that our conceptions of ‘God’ and our conceptions of the ‘Universe’ are synonymous and interchangeable — both indicating some form of ubiquitous energy that creates and sustains life — then we are left with a tricky contradiction:
· Law of Attraction = a God/Universe that doesn’t give a shit
· Christianity = a God/Universe that does give a shit
So, does that mean that only atheists can believe in the Law of Attraction, otherwise the foundations of their faith would be seriously flawed?
No. Because Law of Attraction proponents would no doubt have recourse to the principal tenet that ‘where thought goes, energy flows’ (or some such platitudinous nonsense), meaning that evil exists in the world because we will it into being through our ‘low’ thought frequencies. Such is a handy theodicy in itself, putting the blame for the existence of evil squarely upon ‘us’ as opposed to an all-loving God. Law of Attraction gurus can indeed be pretty clever when it comes to rhetorical gymnastics, which is probably why so many people get sucked in by their drivel.
But here’s the rub. If God is all-powerful then humans wouldn’t be granted such agency and ‘power’ over God’s creation: God has the ability to obliterate evil, regardless of whether humans directly or indirectly manifest it, right?
I don’t have an answer that even comes to close to resolving this contradiction because, like many things in spiritual discourses, those contradictions exist to test our faith and/or our reasoning. I don’t believe in God and I don’t believe in the Law of Attraction, so I’m perfectly happy to remain on the agnostic fence. But what this contradiction points to is just one of many contradictions and hypocrisies in so-called New Age thinking, and it just so happens that the Law of Attraction is replete with them.
So, rather than follow such belief systems blindly, it is my personal belief that they should be questioned and challenged in order to enrich our understanding of our world and our place within it: do we want to live our lives in blindness and ignorance, or do we want to explore the ‘truth’ of the wisdoms we inherit and the teachings that we consume?
As always, it’s your call.