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Amy Spreeman is founder and co-blogger at Berean Research and also a contributing blogger at Pirate Christian Radio’s Berean Examiner blog. She has been a broadcaster and freelance writer for 25 years. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

"The Magic": same old New Age deception


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.

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2 Responses to “"The Magic": same old New Age deception”

  1. Matthew LeMay #

    One other point.

    From the book's publisher: "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…"

    Amy: "Christian, please understand that there is no hidden knowledge in the Bible."

    I think these are both extreme views. The publisher's assertion that there is some inscrutable, unprobed mystery in the Bible that has been misunderstood by "almost all" until now is absurd. On the other hand, to say that there is no hidden knowledge in the Bible is diminutive to the profundity of our Holy Book. Do you really think you understand God so perfectly and thoroughly? Or do you think that God isn't smart enough to write a text which can reveal its deep, inner meanings for those who approach its mysteries with devotion?

    I highly doubt that Byrne has managed to find some hidden knowledge that had not yet been probed. In fact, the Bible is filled with hidden knowledge and meaning that has been extrapolated on by many, many learned and accomplished Saints and Doctors of the Church. The mysteries of the New Testament have been written about by Christians for 2000 years, while the Old Testament has been extensively probed by both Christians and Jews and has produced countless profound revelations of wisdom. The writings of our Sacred Tradition are vast and replete with this extrapolation of the Bible's Inner Meaning.

    God's profound Truth is capable of speaking on many levels to followers of differing capacities and inclinations. To say there isn't anything beyond the superficial meaning of the Bible betrays a superficial reading of it, and furthermore just what is that saying about its Author?

    March 2, 2012 at 6:04 AM
  2. Matthew LeMay #

    Amy, thanks for bringing up this important topic! While I must confess I have not read either The Secret or The Magic, I have heard people go on about them a fair bit. It would be unfair for me to make a judgment based on that, but it does seem to me that there are some troublesome, or at least very incomplete, doctrines being propagated here.

    It seems that one of the major faults of "New Age" thinking is that things will just come to us if we can "manifest" them. Well, I have seen some people go around thinking that way for years, but not actually taking the steps to figure out what they want and how to make it happen in their lives.

    We know that Jesus has said He will bless our lives: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matt 7:7) But to be worthy of these blessings, we need to accept God's grace, practice virtue and follow in Christ's way of life.

    No blessings without virtue–may we all learn to be virtuous!

    March 2, 2012 at 5:42 AM