"YOU HOLD IN YOUR HANDS THE WAY TO A MAGICAL LIFE" So begins another ear-tickling message that Christians are sure to sop up, along with the rest of the world. Rhonda Byrne's new book, The Magic, comes out in another week. Her first book, The Secret, was embraced and shared by many Christians and even pushed in some churches. With this book, the author promised, you could unleash the power of your positive words and thoughts into the universe, and they would return to bless you. I remember reading that somewhere in the Book of Additions, 2:6-66. Here's what one devoted Christ follower had to say about why she loved The Secret:
I am a Christian, full of the Holy Spirit. I read the book and, in several places, I crossed out "The Universe" and put in "God"; the great "teachers" and put in "Jesus" because I know it to be the truth - not by religion, but by experience. I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I wrote the scriptural reference in the margin beside what the authors wrote (John 10:10, 2 Cor. 10:5, Psalm 18:21, etc.). This book is definitely New Age and I would not recommend it to another Christian who does not have sound Biblical knowledge so that he/she can filter the truth from what has been added so that the book is more marketable. There are laws that apply to anyone - Christian or not - because of the so-called "Universe," but the fact is - there is a Creator of "The Universe" and that Creator is God. My belief is that God will use this book to lead others back to His heart - which is the source of all peace, joy, and love.
So she admits it is new age and still believes it will lead people to our Holy and righteous God, who forbids magic and sorcery.
Hollywood got a hold of The Secret and produced a movie of the same title. In "the Secret Movie" Neal Donald Walsh said, "God has no purpose for your life, it's what you make it and you'll never be judged for it, not now not ever." Oh really? Scripture, anyone?
Let's take a look at this newest book, from the publisher's promotional blurb:
Remember when you were a child and you believed that life was magical? Well, the magic of life is real, and it’s far more breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and exciting than you ever imagined as a child. You can live your dreams, you can have anything you want, and your life can touch the stars! Come with me on an unforgettable journey for 28 days, as we discover how truly dazzling our lives can be.
Our adventure begins two thousand years ago, when life-changing knowledge was hidden within a sacred text. For twenty centuries, this knowledge has mystified, confused, and been misunderstood by almost all who read it . . .
Christian, please understand that there is no hidden knowledge in the Bible. God has spoken to us in these final days through His Son and through the Scriptures, and the Gospel message is quite clear. What do you suppose you will find in The Magic? Will you learn about the perfect, sinless Christ Messiah and His atonement for our sin? Will you learn that Jesus is exactly who He said He was, and proved it by ascending into heaven in front of hundreds of witnesses? Now that is an awe-inspiring, exciting story that is alive today and just as true as it was two thousand years ago.
- Damaging doctrine: "If you can't hear God speak, it must be your fault" (standupforthetruth.com)
- New Age and the dangers of "Mindfulness" (standupforthetruth.com)
- Contemplative Spirituality: Where its from and where its going (closingstages.net)
- Christian Mystics: Satan among us! (closingstages.net)
- Eugene Peterson's Message: Part 1 (My 1994 Warning) (mountainstreampress.org)
- Mystica Scriptura (herescope.blogspot.com)
- An Open Letter of Repentance To All Whom I Have Taught or Endorsed The Teachings of Henry Blackaby or Beth Moore (solasisters.blogspot.com)