13 April 2007

Whether we’re willing to admit it or not, we’re all on a QUEST.

Have you heard of The Secret by Rhonda Byrne? In the past many months Byrne’s book has been the subject of countless radio, TV, and Internet conversations – including up to hour-long explorations of it on Larry King, Oprah, Ellen, and The Today Show.

At www.amazon.com The Secret has been in the #1 and #2 bestselling book position for weeks now … the DVD version of the book is currently the # 1 selling DVD … and combined, the book and the DVD have received nearly 2,000 written reviews at www.amazon.com, with a collective rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Whether we’re willing to admit it or not, we’re all on a QUEST.

The Secret is now being published in over 20 languages, and by the end of 2007 the publisher’s goal is to have it available in over 50 languages. Magazine articles say that hundreds of people are buying the DVD and inviting friends over to watch it. Spend a few minutes reading the reviews at www.amazon.com and you’ll hear the words of people who believe that by discovering The Secret their QUEST is over. Here’s some of what the publisher says about The Secret

Fragments of a Great Secret have been
found in the oral traditions, in literature,
in religions and philosophies throughout
the centuries. For the first time, all the
pieces of The Secret come together in a
revelation that will be life-transforming
for all who experience it.

In this book, you'll learn how to use The
Secret in every aspect of your life – money,
health, relationships, happiness, and in
every interaction you have in the world.
You'll begin to understand the hidden,
untapped power within you. This revelation
can bring joy to every aspect of your life.

But like the old saying goes, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” And Rhonda Byrne’s Secret isn’t anything new. It’s simply a creative repackaging of a book written and popularized during the Metaphysics craze that took hold of the world after the Industrial Revolution of the mid 1700s to the mid 1800s failed to provide the lasting enlightenment everyone hoped it would, and even prayed it would.

And so in 1910, a man by the name of Wallace Wattles wrote a book entitled The Science of Getting Rich … and in this book, which popularized an ancient Hindu idea commonly referred to in the Western World as The Law Of Attraction, Wallace Wattles taught that what we think on shapes our beliefs, and that what we believe shapes our actions, and that our actions shape our destinies.

Now to some degree I can dig what Wattles and now Rhonda Byrne were getting at. What we dwell on, what we set our minds on does affect who we are and where we’re heading in life. That’s why the Apostle Paul writes in PHILIPPIANS 4:8

8 Brothers and sisters, think about the
things that are good and worthy of praise.
Think about the things that are true and
honorable and right and pure and beautiful
and respected. (NEW CENTURY VERSION)

But Rhonda Byrne goes on to say that it’s you and I who are at the center of the universe, that we’re our own God, our own Light, our own salvation, and that whatever we focus our energy and our thoughts on (good or bad), that then the whole cosmos will respond to our thoughts and attract that good or bad to us.

Whether we’re willing to admit it or not, we’re all on a QUEST.

And just like the Industrial Revolution failed to usher in the answer to the QUEST … now, in 2007, now that the past 50 years have left our culture longing for more than what the Information Revolution can provide, Rhonda Byrne has jumped into the ring saying that the answer to our quest, to our longings, to our search for significance, and to all of our questions can be found in The Secret.

But the answer to your quest, the answer to my longings, the answer to your search for significance, and the answer to my questions, isn’t a secret, an idea, a book, a DVD, or a philosophy. It’s a person. AND HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST. Godspeed.