I’ve just read lots of blogs that give their take on ‘Is Manifesting a Sin?’ And I must say I’m surprised that many of the authors don’t seem to understand what manifesting is. They also seem to think that if we desire something, and then get it, it may be considered a ‘Sin.’ And I’m left thinking…..what the….??? Really?
So I’ve been prompted to add my ‘two cents worth’ and share my take on the subject. And of course, this is only my opinion…. However, it is backed by years of study and experience. (but I do realize that this does not necessarily mean that I have a monopoly on the truth!)
I have to begin by saying that I am a fan of manifesting and I do believe that it is actually widely referred to and supported by many verses in the Bible. But because the word ‘manifesting’ wasn’t around 2000 years ago, they obviously couldn’t use it. So….. let’s begin!
Is Manifesting A Sin
What Do We Mean When We Use The Word ‘Manifesting?’
For me, the term manifesting simply means using our focused attention to bring about the desired result. So, really, this is nothing special, just a ‘God-given’ ability that we all possess…. the ability to recognize the contrast in the world, to have thoughts about it, and then to decide what we prefer. And then focus our thoughts and actions on making our preferences a reality!
Simple really…. Just like building a house. First, we look at different plans, make the best choice based on what we want, get the loan, employ the builders, and watch it manifest before our eyes. It’s a process from our desires to getting what we want…. This is manifesting something that we didn’t have before….
And everything that has ever been created has happened in this way…. Everything first began with thoughts that were focused on in a powerful enough way that they eventually unfolded to become reality.
The opposite is also true. Anything that we don’t focus enough attention on doesn’t manifest for us. For example, if we desire to run a marathon, but our thoughts lead us to sit on the couch and eat junk food in all our spare time, then this desire will not become a reality for us.
Unfortunately, It’s Often The Christian Websites That Say ‘Manifesting’ Is A Sin.’
Berkeley Well Being Institute describes manifestation like this: “to create something or turn something from an idea into a reality. In psychology, manifestation generally means using our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs to bring something to our physical reality.”
So, with these definitions, we can say that Jesus often manifested stuff in Bible verses. But remember, they didn’t have the word manifesting then, so they described things in the language of the time.
Jesus had an intent to turn a small quantity of bread and fish into baskets full of bread and fish so he could feed the multitude, and it manifested. When he desired wine but only had water, he prayed (had the intent) that wine would be available, and the water was turned into wine.
And there are many examples of when he had the intention that sick people were well, and then they were….. The list is large, however, I won’t go into more detail here because I’m sure you know the stories and get the picture.
I know many Christians will say that this is not manifestation… that these were ‘miracles’ and they were only possible because they were the ‘will of God!’ And yes, I don’t dispute that. However, they were also the will of the person who had the thought, who held the intention, and then witnessed the unfolding of their desire….. just like we all have thoughts at times that we recognize do turn into things…..
…. like when I want a car park near to the shop door, or have the desire to talk to my brother only to have him call me. Did these things happen because God first put the idea into my head, or because I have the freedom to choose my own thoughts and was focused enough to manifest them? Either way, there is no ‘sin’ happening here!
To Understand ‘Is Manifesting A Sin’ We First Need To Understand What Is Sin.
According to Wikipedia: “In a religious context, sin is a transgression against divine law. Each culture
has its own interpretation of what it means to commit a sin. While sins are generally considered actions, any thought, word, or act considered immoral, selfish, shameful, harmful, or alienating might be termed sinful.”
So, in theory, if I desired it, I suppose I could intentionally ‘manifest’ something that was not in my best interests and was ‘harmful to others.’ And yes, this would go against ‘God’s Will,’ and also against my own best interests…. This I would consider being stupid as well as a lack of good judgment…..
And according to The Law of Vibration/Attraction, (one of the universal principles that govern all the circumstances, events, and people that come into our lives), I would ‘manifest’ my just rewards. I would be the one that suffers the result of my ‘ill will.’ I would manifest ‘an eye for an eye….’ as it says in the Bible.
Why Don’t We See The Direct Correlation Between What We Are Thinking And What Manifests In Our Lives?
Our thoughts inevitably turn into things because this is how reality is created. However, most of us do not see the correlation between what we have been thinking about and the conditions that manifest in our lives.
This is because our thoughts are generally scattered (unfocused) and because there is a time delay between what we think and what we receive. This is what Jesus had to say about our ability to manifest…..
Matthew 21:21: “…. Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.”
So, Jesus says we are all capable of manifesting more than an occasional car park or phone call. And nowhere in the bible does it say that it is a sin for us to do these things! And Jesus also said this in regard to our ability to manifest our desires:
“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.“
This quote says that ‘If we have faith…..’ then we can do these things. So what is he talking about?
Faith is the absolute belief that what we are thinking is the current reality…. According to dictionary.com faith is: “a belief not based on proof.”
So if we or someone we know is unwell, and we have a pure belief or faith, that we are well, according to Jesus, we, or they, will be well. However, if we only have occasional thoughts about wellness, and other thoughts complaining about our state of ‘un-wellness,’ then our desire to be well will not manifest!
Therefore, our ability to manifest stuff is dependent on our ability to think with clarity and without contradiction toward the outcomes we desire. And when anyone, like Jesus, could focus with absolute certainty on his desires, those thoughts would immediately cause a change in reality. I.e. ‘Miracles happened’ immediately.
However, because most of us are not able to focus with clarity for any given length of time on the things we want they will not manifest quickly for us, and maybe not at all. If we desire something and have more than 50% of our thoughts and actions positively aligned with our desires, they will become reality….but it will take time.
Why Is Manifesting Not A Sin?
In an article on Kreyon Media, they share the story of Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest and most successful people that have ever lived. The fact that he amassed so much wealth so quickly made people, including the US government, suspicious. So they investigated him.
The investigators found no evidence of any wrongdoing and they were surprised by Mr. Carnegie’s explanation for his extraordinary success. He maintained that “I can keep my mind focused on something for five minutes at a stretch.” That’s it… the big secret to manifesting the things we want….. our focused attention, our absolute belief, (our faith)….. in our belief that we can have the things we want!
In an interview with Dale Carnegie, Andrew Carnegie told him: “Controlled attention magnetizes the brain with the nature of one’s dominating thoughts, aims, and purposes, thus causing one to be always in search of every necessary thing that is related to one’s dominating thoughts.”
And when your dominating thoughts, attention, and focus are aligned on something you want to achieve, you invariably achieve it… The riches and prosperity Carnegie accumulated were a result of his absolute care, love, and attention…… this is how we manifest stuff, and this can hardly be considered a sin!
God Created/Manifested All Things into Being, And Made Us In His Image.
All things created are created by The One God, the One Universal Consciousness, The One Absolute Intelligence. And I know that there is conflict over what this entity is called, and who are Its ‘ONLY TRUE’ and rightful representatives on Earth….
However, that’s an argument that I’m not going to get into. So let’s just agree that there is only ONE, and THAT ONE created Humankind with ‘creative intelligence.’ Therefore, shouldn’t we use our creative intelligence in ways that honor The Creator?
Because the reality is that The Creator did not say “Go to earth, don’t change anything, and don’t wish for anything more or different from what you have been given. Instead, just live boring and uneventful lives….” No, The Creator did not say this. Instead, this is what happened:
And God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” – (Genesis 1:28 NASB)
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…..” – Genesis 1:26. So when God made us in his image, does this mean that we physically look like God….. or does it mean that we are gifted with imagination and creative abilities like God has?…. I believe it’s definitely the latter….
I’m not saying we are equal to THE CREATOR. That would constitute insanity because look at God’s creations (the heavens and the earth and all that dwell within…..) compared to what we are creating through our inability to focus with clarity…. an occasional free car park when and where we want it…. hahaha….
However, the Bible does say that God created the earth for us to have dominion over and gave us the ability, through creative intelligence to manifest amazing lives for ourselves. Hallelujah!
Isn’t the ability to co-create, even if it’s just a little bit, a way of showing appreciation for this life that we have been gifted with…. And aren’t we, as parents, happy and proud when our children create more than we were able to?
So, go forth and manifest awesome stuff for yourselves and for those that you love, without harming anyone or anything else, and I’m sure God will be very happy that his children are enjoying this wonderful creation……