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Remember Hulk Hogan? Most do. He was that famous, brawny wrestler who entertained millions (and made millions doing so).

Lately, Hulk has fallen on hard times. Divorce. Financial paralysis. Other family issues. In reading about that, we couldn't help but notice he practices what is preached in a book called The Secret, including its "law of attraction."

The  "secret" is a New Age teaching that purportedly reveals the underpinnings of the Universe (which replaces God as the great Force). It has been featured on Oprah. It is a huge bestseller. It is magical. 

Beware of magic.

"Sometimes it almost seems like The Secret's Law of Attraction must be working against him instead of for him," notes an article in Rolling Stone, pointedly. "How else to explain all the bad stuff coming his way?"

The same has been true of other celebrities. The singer Madonna (who promotes kabbalah, a Jewish occult-like belief) has had her share of difficulties, as did Britney Spears when she took up with it. You can add Liz Taylor, Demi Moore, and Paris Hilton to the list. John Travolta and Tom Cruise are famous (or infamous) for their immersion in Scientology, which is even more deeply esoteric. Others are into fortunetellers, psychics, mediums, or witch doctors. Mel Gibson brushed up against Mexican brujos and Mayan blood sacrifice while researching his movie Apocalypto. In his case it was not participation but perhaps a matter of getting too close for comfort.

This is gossipy stuff, but it goes to a point: many are the celebrities who are immersed in the New Age or occult things like Scientology, which seem to have certain benefits but in the end are more like the deception known -- in Scripture -- as the "angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14). Back to Hulk Hogan:

Can bad luck actually be linked with an attempt to practice what is in a questionable book? We all suffer bad luck. It is part of the trial of life. But how much is unnecessary?

As Rolling Stone notes, the wealthy wrestler is going through an excruciating divorce, no longer can reside in his own 20,000-foot home, has lost many of his luxury cars, experiences excruciating pain (to the point where at times he can hardly walk, from all that body slamming in the ring), and his son recently spent 166 days in jail for reckless driving after an accident that caused a 24-year-old war veteran to suffer severe brain damage. (Always watch out for the trend of accidents.)

At his peak, Hulk Hogan raked in $20 million a year. He is not broke. But he has lost much. He can hardly pay all his bills. His assets are frozen by a court.  He spends much of the day talking with lawyers. He is being sued for $4.75 million.  A dog was recently run over. A cooking grill he promoted had to be recalled (it was causing flash fires).

Still, he is big on the "secret" book, which he says helped prevent him from killing the boyfriend of his ex-wife.

No doubt, there are some useful things -- some truth -- in The Secret, as also in the kabbalah. But it also has been widely denounced as New Age, meaning that it tends to discount suffering and a personal God (in favor of the "cosmos" and more impersonal energies from within humans -- who, as little deities, then control their own destinies).

Can that have repercussions?

Deep ones. Whether or not it is the case with Hogan and the other "stars" (there are always other factors), what seems at first to "attract" good things (especially glamorous things) often turns out to be the most costly thing you ever practiced.

During baptisms, they even call us to renounced "the glamour of evil" (or used to). Sometimes, we are made to wonder at who created the "good luck" of many famous people. From whence did it come?

And where will it lead?

"He's got this black cloud sort of hanging over him," said a friend of Hogan, "and I really hope he gets out from under it."

So do we.

Hulk, you have our prayers. Get a Bible, the book that really works. Surely you have one somewhere. And somewhere in there it says, "Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build" (actually, it's Psalms 127:19).

Britney? Tom? Liz?

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[see also: Tempted to The Secret]

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