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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Law of Attraction is Not the Law of the Harvest, Restoration or Faith

October 18, 2009 by Anonymous  
Filed under All Articles, Blessings or Manifesting LOA

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The Law of the Harvest or Restoration and the principle of faith, which are taught in the Gospel are not the same thing as the Law of Attraction, that is being promoted in the world today. The law of attraction has its origins in the teachings and practices of the occult, both modern and anciently. Similarities exist, for sure, but the difference between them is so crucial, so central to the difference between the Gospel of Christ and the gospel of Lucifer that it is really incorrect to equate these two principles. I will try to explain the difference between the two Plans, Lucifer’s and God’s, with regards to these laws.

The Law of attraction was comes through the New Thought Movement and is an occult law introduced to the western world in the late 19th century by Helena Blavastsky. Previous to that this law was one of the secret and arcane “truths” that was passed on from master to pupil through secret oaths and covenants in remote monasteries in the far east. Disciples of Blavatsky continued to write about it for nigh on a hundred years. Then in 1986 Esther Hicks received a volume of information about this law from a group of spirit entities collectively known as Abraham that she channels as a medium. She and her husband began teaching this material and later published The Law of Attraction. This arcane law became even more widely known thanks to Rhonda Byrne’s film and book The Secret. Millions of people including many LDS have fallen in love with this principle.

Law of Attraction Basic ideas and steps:

Ask: Know what you want and ask the universe for it.

This is where you need to get clear on what it is you want to create and visualize what you want as being as ‘real’ as possible.

Believe: Feel and behave as if the object of your desire is on its way.

Focus your thoughts and your language on what it is you want to attract. You want to feel the feeling of really ‘knowing’ that what you desire is on its way to you, even if you have to trick yourself into believing it – do it. ­­­­

Receive: Be open to receiving it.

Pay attention to your intuitive messages, synchronicities, signs from the Universe to help you along the way as assurance you are on the ‘right’ path. As you align yourself with the Universe and open yourself up to receiving, the very thing you are wanting to manifest will show up.

Notice under the Law of Attraction: There is…

  1. No need for worthiness or keeping any commandments.
  2. No need for believing in Christ.
  3. No Asking the Father in the name of Christ.
  4. No Submission to Father’s will or need of knowing His will.
  5. No questioning weather what we want is good, or good for us

No questioning of our accountability and alignment with God’s Will:

  • What does the Lord want me to learn from this experience?
  • What do I need to do?
  • What do I need to change?
  • Whom do I need to serve?
  • What characteristic must I improve?

Pride is the universal sin, the fall of Lucifer. It is desiring our will, the will of the natural man, even in the smallest ways. We must not seek after our will but only Father’s will. The Law of Attraction is the use of our will to gain what we want. It is desiring our will over Father’s which is Pride. We are warned the Proud will be burnt as stubble this includes anyone that is seeking their will over Father’s will.

Ezra Taft Benson, “Cleansing the Inner Vessel,” Ensign, May 1986, 4

Pride is characterized by “What do I want out of life?” rather than by “What would God have me do with my life?” It is self-will as opposed to God’s will.

Now compare this to the true Law of the Harvest and true Faith and you will see the differences:

Richard G. Scott, “Obtaining Help from the Lord,” Ensign, Nov 1991, 84

Life in today’s world can be at times so complicated and the challenges so overwhelming as to be beyond our individual capacity to resolve them. We all need help from the Lord. Yet there are many individuals who don’t know how to receive that help. They feel their urgent pleas for help have often gone unattended. How can that be when He Himself has said, “Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”? (D&C 4:7.)

Such difficulty results either from not following His spiritual law for providing help or from not recognizing help when it comes. Well did James observe, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss.” (James 4:3.)

True, the Lord has said, “Ask, and ye shall receive.” (D&C 4:7.) But He also declared, “Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.” (D&C 9:7.)

It is evident that He intends that we do our part. But what, specifically, are we to do? No one would expect to receive a result from physical law without obeying it. Spiritual law is the same. As much as we want help, we must expect to follow the spiritual law that controls that help. Spiritual law is not mysterious. It is something that we can understand. The scriptures define it in significant detail. I will cite key scriptures that teach how to ask for help, then summarize the spiritual law they clarify.

The Savior declared, “I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.” (D&C 82:10; italics added.)

John taught, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” (1 Jn. 3:22; italics added.)

Nephi counseled, “Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.” (1 Ne. 15:11; italics added.)

The Lord has the power to bless us at any time. Yet we see that to count on His help, we must consistently obey His commandments.

Enos recorded, “I cried unto him continually, for he had said unto me: Whatsoever thing ye shall ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive in the name of Christ, ye shall receive it.” (Enos 1:15; italics added.)

Mormon wrote, “Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.” (Morm. 9:21; italics added.)

The Savior taught:

“Remember that without faith you can do nothing; therefore ask in faith. Trifle not with these things; do not ask for that which you ought not.” (D&C 8:10; italics added.)

“And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you.” (3 Ne. 18:20; italics added.)

“Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you.” (D&C 88:64; italics added.)

“If ye are purified and cleansed from all sin, ye shall ask whatsoever you will in the name of Jesus and it shall be done. But know this, it shall be given you what you shall ask.” (D&C 50:29–30; italics added.)

These teachings of Jesus Christ emphasize that it matters very much what we ask for and how we ask for it. I testify that when we seek His will and do it, we will obtain the greatest blessings in life.

Sincere gratitude is fundamental, for “in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments.” (D&C 59:21.)

Now, to summarize, blessings come when we—

  • Ask the Father in the name of Christ
  • Diligently keep His commandments
  • Ask with faith in Christ
  • Ask for that which is right
  • Harden not our hearts
  • Express gratitude

One way the Lord helps us is through priesthood blessings. When a worthy priesthood bearer is led to pronounce specific blessings, we can be greatly comforted. Yet there is no guarantee of outcome without effort on our part. Appropriate use of priesthood authority opens a channel of help where the outcome is consistent with the will of the Lord. The blessing resolves those things which are beyond our own capacity to influence either personally or with the help of others. Yet we must do our part for the blessing to be realized. We must strive to be worthy and to exercise the requisite faith to do what we are able. Where it is intended that others help, we must use that help also. It is through the combination of our doing what is within our power to accomplish and the power of the Lord that the blessing is realized.

He goes on to talk about how we must be worthy to give blessings. “That trust requires faith, worthiness, and a sensitivity to the promptings of the Spirit to communicate the will of the Lord.” He gives an example of how President Kimball even fasted and prayed for some time to give a blessing. It takes worthiness and faith to give a blessing and just as much to receive one. If we receive a blessing we must be prepared for it to be fulfilled on the Lords time table and not ours. We should also strive to be grateful for even small improvements and be patient even if we are not to improve, for if it is the Lord’s will whatever the answer is what is best for us, even if we do not see why. “But the general pattern is that improvement comes in sequential steps. That plan gives us an opportunity to discover what the Lord expects us to learn”.

Neal A. Maxwell, “‘Plow in Hope’,” Liahona, Jul 2001, 72–74

Since the Lord wants a people “tried in all things” (D&C 136:31), how specifically will we be tried? He tells us, I will try the faith and the patience of my people (see Mosiah 23:21). Since faith in the timing of the Lord may be tried, let us learn to say not only, “Thy will be done,” but patiently also, “Thy timing be done.”

Elder Scott continued to say:

(He speaks of a Man that came to him) His first comment to me was, “Why doesn’t the Lord give me a wife?” as though an eternal companion were a teddy bear to be acquired with no thought of her agency. As we spoke, it was obvious he was not doing the most fundamental things to qualify to find a wife. He admitted that maybe he should do something about his excessive weight, but that was hard. His clothes were slovenly and his body so neglected that it was difficult to stand near him. Clearly, he is not doing his part.

Often we have difficulty mastering lessons the Lord wants us to learn when things are going too well in our lives.

When there is suffering or pain, we ask ourselves a lot of questions. Some of them ought to be:

  • What does the Lord want me to learn from this experience?
  • What do I need to do?
  • What do I need to change?
  • Whom do I need to serve?
  • What characteristic must I improve?

Pondering and prayer will help us understand what we are to learn from the challenges we are asked to overcome.

Not all our prayers will be answered as we wish. It is not always easy to know the will of the Lord…

Our earnest prayers are answered when they conform to the will of the Lord. Since we cannot perfectly understand His will, we must walk with faith.

He is all-knowing, and His decisions are perfect. The fact that our finite capacity does not let us understand all of His dealings with man does not limit Him from blessing us.

His will is our best choice in life, whether or not we fully understand it. When we act using our moral agency wisely, the Lord will act according to His will.

We see such a limited part of the eternal plan He has fashioned for each one of us. Trust Him, even when in eternal perspective it temporarily hurts very much.

Have patience when you are asked to wait when you want immediate action.

He may ask you to do things which are powerfully against your will. Exercise faith and say, Let Thy will be done.

Such experiences, honorably met, prepare you and condition you for yet greater blessings. As your Father, His purpose is your eternal happiness, your continuing development, your increasing capacity. His desire is to share with you all that He has. The path you are to walk through life may be very different from others. You may not always know why He does what He does, but you can know that He is perfectly just and perfectly merciful. He would have you suffer no consequence, no challenge, endure no burden that is superfluous to your good.

If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.” (Moro. 7:33; italics added.)

What a contrast we see between The True Gospel’s Law of the Harvest and its counterfeit The Law of Attraction. We can not merely say that the world has just left out God but the principles are still true, for the Lord said the only way for us to receive His blessings is based on our obedience, faith and His will.

The Law of Attraction teaches that you can will into your life anything you wish, anything you desire or which you think will make you happy, merely by focusing all your mental and emotional energy on that thing and believing it will come true; the Universe will bring you your “teddy bear”. They claim that this law is a universal law that taps into a neutral power that is present in the universe and which will do your bidding as divine beings.

Notice under the Law of Attraction: There is…

  1. No need for worthiness or keeping any commandments.
  2. No need for believing in Christ.
  3. No Asking the Father in the name of Christ.
  4. No Submission to Father’s will or need of knowing His will.
  5. No questioning weather what we want is good, or good for us

Consider what Church leaders have said about neutral power and neutral territory in this universe.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “‘Sanctify Yourselves’,” Liah, Jan 2001, 46–49

“…there is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.”

Elder Marion G. Romney, at a Brigham Young University devotional in 1955

Elder Romney continues: “The consequences of [mortal man’s] choices are of the all-or-nothing sort. There is no way for him to escape the influence of these opposing powers. Inevitably he is led by one or the other. His God-given free agency gives him the power and option to choose. But choose he must. Nor can he serve both of them at the same time, for, as Jesus said, ‘No man can serve two masters: … Ye cannot serve God and mammon.’ ”

Clearly, then the church teaches that there is no such thing as a neutral source of spiritual energy. Every spiritual power or force is either of God or Satan. It is given to us to choose between these opposite powers. This capacity of choice is called moral agency. It has been called free agency, which is not wrong, but can be misinterpreted to imply freedom from consequences. Moral agency implies that while free to choose, we are morally responsible for the consequences.

D. Todd Christofferson, “Moral Agency,” Ensign, Jun 2009, 46–53

“That every man may act in doctrine and principle … according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment”. When we use the term moral agency we are appropriately emphasizing the accountability that is an essential part of the divine gift of agency. We are moral beings and agents unto ourselves, free to choose but also responsible for our choices.”

” Many of God’s children fall into unanticipated traps and unhappiness because they either lack or ignore gospel light. They are unaware of their options or are confused about the outcomes of their choices. Ignorance effectively limits their agency.”

“Freedom of choice is the freedom to obey or disobey existing laws—not the freedom to alter their consequences. Law, as mentioned earlier, exists as a foundational element of moral agency with fixed outcomes that do not vary according to our opinions or preferences. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles observed, “We are responsible to use our agency in a world of choices. It will not do to pretend that our agency has been taken away when we are not free to exercise it without unwelcome consequences.”

Satan’s Attack on Agency

“We recognize the gift of agency as a central aspect of the plan of salvation proposed by the Father in the great premortal council, and that “there was war in heaven” to defend and preserve it.

“Satan has not ceased his efforts “to destroy the agency of man.” He promotes conduct and choices that limit our freedom to choose by replacing the influence of the Holy Spirit with his own domination. Yielding to his temptations leads to a narrower and narrower range of choices until none remains and to addictions that leave us powerless to resist. “While Satan cannot actually destroy law and truth, he accomplishes the same result in the lives of those who heed him by convincing them that whatever they think is right is right and that there is no ultimate truth—every man is his own god, and there is no sin.’

The Central Role of Jesus Christ

“We have reviewed the elements of moral agency and its divine origins, but we need to always remember that agency would have no meaning without the vital contribution of Jesus Christ. His central role began with His support of the Father’s plan and His willingness to become the essential Savior under that plan. The plan required a setting for its implementation, and Jesus was instrumental in the creation of this planet for that purpose. Most important, while the Fall of Adam was a critical element of the plan of salvation, the Fall would also have frustrated the plan if certain of its consequences were not mitigated by the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Howard W. Hunter, “The Golden Thread of Choice,” Ensign, Nov 1989, 17

Our Father in Heaven wanted our growth to continue in mortality and to be enhanced by our freedom to choose and learn. He also wanted us to exercise our faith and our will, especially with a new physical body to master and control. But we know from both ancient and modern revelation that Satan wished to deny us our independence and agency in that now-forgotten moment long ago, even as he wishes to deny them this very hour. Indeed, Satan violently opposed the freedom of choice offered by the Father, so violently that John in the Revelation described “war in heaven” over the matter. Satan would have coerced us, and he would have robbed us of that most precious of gifts if he could: our freedom to choose a divine future and the exaltation we all hope to obtain.

Through Christ and his valiant defense of our Father’s plan, the course of agency and eternal aspirations prevailed. In that crucial, pre-mortal setting, a major milestone was passed, a monumental victory was won. As a result, we would be allowed to continue to pursue what President David O. McKay once described as the “eternal principle of progress.” Later Christ himself would come to earth, President McKay noted, “to perfect society by perfecting the individual, and only by the exercising of Free Agency can the individual even approach perfection.” (In Conference Report, Apr. 1940, p. 118.)

Through our moral agency we can choose to consecrate 10% of our annual increase. In doing so there are great blessings we can harvest. This is from the LDS.org

Church members show their gratitude to God for their blessings and their resolve to trust in the Lord rather than in material things. They also help further the work of the Lord in the earth, blessing others of God’s children with the opportunity to learn of Him and to grow in the gospel.

Through the prophet Malachi, the Lord declared:

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).

Who needs more of a promise than what the Lord has already given us? Why search for other spiritual means when we have the promise of the Living God rather than an inanimate universe, to bless us for having Faith in Him and not honoring material things over Him.

We are told Work is the path and the example of Father not merely wishing for something.

Neal A. Maxwell, “‘Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel’,” Ensign, May 1998, 37

Our Heavenly Father has described His vast plan for His children by saying, “Behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39; emphasis added). Consider the significance of the Lord’s use of the word work. What He is doing so lovingly and redemptively is, nevertheless, work—even for Him! We, likewise, speak of “working out our salvation,” of the “law of the harvest,” and of the “sweat of the brow” (see Moses 5:1; see also Inspired Version, Gen. 4:1). These are not idle phrases. Instead, they underscore the importance of work. In fact, brethren, work is always a spiritual necessity even if, for some, work is not an economic necessity.

James E. Faust, “‘We Seek After These Things’,” Ensign, May 1998, 43

Prov. 28:20.

Contemporary society rushes headlong to accumulate the material goods of this world. This leads many to think they can alter the law of the harvest, reaping rewards without paying the price of honest toil and effort. Wishing to prosper immediately, they speculate in high-risk financial schemes that promote instant wealth. This all too frequently results in economic reverses, sometimes even financial ruin. In Proverbs we read, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” 10

The Law of the Harvest is best summed up by this quote.

Robert D. Hales, “Every Good Gift,” New Era, Aug 1983, 4

The law of the harvest is simply that you don’t get something for nothing in life. The scriptures tell us the law of the harvest is that as ye sow, so shall ye reap (harvest). “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”

The Law of the Harvest is clearly based on the Lord’s will and our faith. Faith is not merely wanting something and persuading yourself that the Universe or God will give it to you simply because you want it. Faith is mostly about obedience to Father’s will. The law of attraction says absolutely nothing about obedience and therefore has nothing to do with faith. The Law of the Harvest is all about reaping consequences of faith based choices to obey or not obey Father.

Copyright 2009

Comments

7 Responses to “The Law of Attraction is Not the Law of the Harvest, Restoration or Faith”
  1. Loved this Article! The Law of Attraction may also be a counterfeit to the Law of Spiritual Creation before Physical Creation. They might look the same, but the motivation and the heart are different.

    As for not requiring anything of anyone, isn’t it the same for animal sacrifice — nothing personal is really required, no change of heart. No wonder the Lord really wants the broken heart and the contrite spirit.

  2. Cory Seegmiller says:

    Thank you so much for helping me distinguish between the law of the harvest and the so-called law of attraction. While I have given some thought to both of these concepts, I had not made the leap to understanding the false basis underlying the law of attraction. I think that I have been living with a foot in both laws, trying to do what is right by asking the Lord for blessings and then trying to will what I want to come to pass. I am grateful for the insight that this article provided to me in helping to correct my willful behavior and encouraging me, instead, to seek the will of the Lord and His blessings through obedience. Truth is light to our footsteps!

  3. Megan whitmire says:

    Wonderful article! I have been introduced to this as positive thinking, but I now see it in the light of truth. Wishing for something or thinking we are somehow entitled to something without any effort on our part is opposite of HF’s plan. This article was very informative. I appreciate the quotes from prophets, leaders, and scriptures. Thank you.

  4. Claudia says:

    Wow, It is so easy to believe in Satan’s counterfeits. They are everywhere if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. Thank you for a great article clearing defining the differences. I just loved it! It reminds me of the old Indian legend that states the ugly stepsister to opposition is competition. That is Satan’s counterfit! Competition and with that comes pride, etc.
    Thanks again for all your research and time to put this together!

  5. Patricia Kenison says:

    Thank you so much for clearing up the confusion I have felt ever since I first heard about the “law of attraction”! There were things I just didn’t feel right about, but couldn’t quite figure it out. Now things are very clear for me. Thank you, thank you!

  6. N'Djili says:

    I think Idleness is the key. Many of Satans deceptions are nearly the same thing as God’s truths but they require no work or idleness. God’s faith is an action word requiring much work, Satans is just to believe with no effort on our parts. Believing is enough…no action required. God’s meditation required thought study and prayer…Satans requires emptying our minds and thinking or pondering nothing. God’s law of harvest requires work ie. planting and reaping….Satans law of attraction requires no work..we just have to believe (his version of faith)and then wait for the oportunities to come and then take them…

  7. vham4 says:

    Thank you for this article. I was just praying this morning for the Lord to show me the devil’s hidden agendas and workings–this is definitely one of them!! Bravo.

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