Is Manifestation a sin? Things to know before you get started


Is manifestation a sin? This is a very controversial question that needs a deep understanding of what manifestation is and its origin in order to fully answer it. It will also depend on your views on religion and spirituality as a whole.

Manifestation is about making things happen in your life by believing in the power of your thoughts. That if you focus on something so hard and believe that it will happen, then it happens in real life. Remember, this includes both positive thoughts and negative thoughts.

For example, if you are looking for a soulmate, and then you believe that there is someone waiting for you on the other end, then it happens in real life. However, if you believe that you are cursed and nothing good can happen in your life, then nothing will. Manifestation is all about turning your desires into reality.

So, with the knowledge that you are capable of creating something from nothing by the power of self, does that make manifestation a sin?

Is Manifestation a sin?

Manifestation is backed up by Christianity, Hinduism and other philosophical traditions. Sin on the other hand is anything that goes against religious or moral law. It’s about missing the target or doing something that offends God and other people.

So, deciding whether manifestation is a sin depends on your standing with regards to your belief in religion. For Christians, whether it’s a sin or not will come out clearly as we look at what the bible says about it. Does it condone it or not?

Also, what is the reason behind you manifesting? Is it for a good reason or for your own selfish gain?

Some people believe that manifestation is about asking for help from the universe. That those who manifest call on to another power associated with witchcraft or magic and not in accordance with religion or moral law.

Crosswalk explains that if you believe in the power of manifestation, then you treat yourself like your own god, forgetting about God’s sovereignty.

However, other people believe that manifestation only becomes a sin when it’s done for the wrong reasons. That manifestation is actually not bad and can actually be a tool used for a good course.

Does Manifestation go against Religion?

Does manifestation go against God’s will? Is it biblical? To fully understand whether it’s a sin, let’s look at what the holy scriptures say about manifesting.

And let’s be first clear that manifesting is different from prayer and having faith. While prayer involves talking to God and believing in His divine power, manifestation’s focus is having faith in yourself. Believing in whatever you are thinking and what you desire whether it’s to help you or other people.

Whether manifestation is a sin or not can be backed up by a couple of bible scriptures. Some of the scriptures seem to align with the practice of manifestation while others are clearly against the practice. But also, this is subject to how one interprets the scriptures.

Similarities between manifestation and bible scriptures

In attempting to show the similarities that exist between manifestation and the scriptures, the interpretation will be based on the different aspects that describe manifestation like the belief that your thoughts are just as powerful or about positivity and the energy behind having faith.

i.  Faith is Key whether you are praying or manifesting

In different bible verses, the teaching of faith and believing in things not yet seen is evident. Even as you pray, you are reminded to have faith, that the single act of faith could even move mountains.

Manifesting also relies so much on having faith that something will happen if you deeply focus your energy on it. Having faith in your own abilities and in the power of your inner thoughts. If you don’t believe that you can actually have whatever you are desiring, then it’s an exercise in futility.

The bible clearly describes that even as we pray to God for guidance or help, we have to believe or have faith in what we are praying for, for it to happen.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) says that faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Seeing and believing that we will achieve what we are praying for or our desires will come true even before seeing the outcome makes faith a key similarity between the scriptures and manifesting.

Matthew 21:21-22 (NIV) talks about receiving what you ask for in prayer if only you have faith. In fact, Jesus alludes to faith being able to do much significant actions like moving mountains if only you believe and don’t doubt His power.

ii.Everything starts from our mind and thoughts

This means being conscious of our thoughts and not allowing self-limiting beliefs to overtake them. Your thoughts are so powerful that if you think positively about yourself and what you want to achieve, then that is what you attract.

In fact, this is the whole basis of manifesting. That whatever picture we create in our mind of what we want to achieve, then that is the result that we get.

According to the scriptures, you can achieve your true potential if only you align your thoughts to match what you are praying for. You have to transform your thinking.

Romans 12:2 (NIV) on the other handemphasizes the power that our minds have to determine outcomes. That it is through renewing your mind that you are able to experience God’s pleasing and perfect will upon your life. This confirms that your mind is so powerful that a shift in your thinking could do wonders to your faith in God.

This can also be backed up by Proverbs 23:7 which says that “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

This boils down to the affirmations we tell ourselves while manifesting. Remember, what you put in is what you get out. If you sow positivity, then that is what you reap, but if you feed your mind with negative thoughts, then they will be manifested through your actions.

In this regard, if your intentions behind manifesting are pure, then it is not a sin. But if the sole reason for you manifesting is to hurt others, then that is definitely a sin.

Also if you believe that you are not capable or not good enough, then that is the kind of energy that you will attract to yourself.

iii.Asking with conviction for something to happen

In life generally, it is said that success comes when you are determined or focused. It does not just happen by chance.

This is the same whether you are praying for something or manifesting. The scriptures clearly state that faith that lacks action is as good as dead. When you pursue your desires with the utmost sincerity and believe in your heart that you deserve it, then, you are bound to realize it.

Matthew 7:7 (NIV) states that if you ask for something, then it will be given to you; If you seek it, then you will find it; If you knock the door, then it will be opened to you.

This clearly states that it is actually the Lords pleasure to give you that which you are seeking for. It’s also about believing in yourself that you can get anything if only you ask.

This verse also appears in Luke 11.9 which says that “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

iv.Visualizing your life as successful is okay

Manifestation happens when you first visualize the outcome of your desires. There is nothing wrong to want good things for yourself or others.

The scriptures also back this up when God says that He knows the plans He has for you and they are good plans geared towards giving you a future and a hope. This can be found in  Jeremiah 29:11.

Even God Himself wants good things for you. So, it is not pride or selfishness to only focus on positive outcomes for your life.

Is Manifestation a sin?

Positivity is the key driver to achieving good things because even if they don’t happen, you remain hopeful that they will. This also invites positive energy or good vibes around you that will help attract the good things that you so much desire.

Philippians 4:8 actually urges you to fix your thoughts on what is pure, lovely, true, honorable, admirable and worthy of praise among other positive traits.

Some people say that if you manifest and then get that which you desired, then you are bound to be proud because you believe that no one else matters but you.

Differences between manifestation and bible scriptures

Some of the biblical scriptures boldly come out as being against manifestation. They find the act as being contradictory to God’s will, and therefore making manifestation a sin.

i.God’s Sovereignty

Some verses from the bible in the book of proverbs clearly explain God’s sovereignty and why we need to put Him at the centre of our plans.

The reason why manifestation is thought to be a sin lies in the fact that believing in your own abilities kind of makes you like a god. So, instead of relying on God almighty and His power to help you through a certain challenge, you look up to yourself for that help.

Proverbs 16: 9 and Proverbs 19:21 clearly state that it’s only God who orders or determines our fate. So, we may manifest and consult our inner thoughts about what we desire, but it will only happen if God says so. So, when we are successful, then the glory should go to God and not to us as is with manifestation.

This can also be backed up by Isaiah 42:8 which states that “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols”.

For Christians, the belief is that God is the sovereign power, and that it’s only through Him that we should ask for divine help. With manifesting, one is not really sure which power they are calling upon. So, it is automatically assumed to go against God’s wisdom, hence, making it a sin.

This is backed up by Deuteronomy 18:10-12 which alludes the reliance on another divine power to sorcery or magic.

ii.Manifestation is manipulative

When you pray to God, the scriptures clearly state that you might get any of the three answers; yes, no and wait.

With manifestation, it is taken as neglecting God’s timing to answer what you are asking for. That those who manifest use it to try and speed up the answer to their request. The scriptures insist that God’s timing is the best and always perfect.

Psalm 27:14 talks about the importance of waiting on God because when He chooses to answer your prayers depends entirely on His will and perfect timing and not according to our desires. And trying to speed up this process goes against God.

iii.             Manifestation is Selfish

Manifestation can be selfish if you just want to achieve something for yourself with the intention of showing off to others instead of being of benefit to them.

Everyone wants something good for themselves; it could be a better job, a wife, a good car or a thriving business.

As you manifest, do you also wish good upon other people? You know like they say in the scriptures that we need to love others as we love ourselves. Meaning even as we pray and hope for good things for ourselves, we should do the same to our neighbors.

Most of the time, manifestation is all about what you want and desire. You are at the centre of it all.


iv.             Manifestation leads to Pride

It is believed that those who manifest and receive what they were asking for end up being proud. Why is that the case?

It leads back to the concept of believing that your own self is responsible for the outcome of manifestation. You feel like if it was not by your power, then the outcome would not have happened.

One may also end up showing off what they believe to have received as a result of manifestation.

Pride according to the scriptures is a sin. This is written in the book of  Proverbs 11:2 which says that “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom”.

Proverbs 16:5 also supports this by stating that “The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished”.

Is Manifestation a sin?  Reasons behind manifesting

The reason behind manifesting can make it to be a sin or not. Christianity’s emphasis is on doing good for the glory of God’s name.

In that regard, can manifestation be used to glorify God’s name? Yes. Since it’s about turning your heart’s desires into reality, one could actually be manifesting about good things for their church.

For example, you could think about spreading the word of God to more people in the world and then it happens in real life that you get to travel and spread the good news. In that case, the act of manifestation has been used for a good course even from a religious point of view.

So, when you are using manifestation to do good, then that should not be a sin since the bible and other religious holy books support doing good.

However, some people’s intentions for manifesting can automatically make it a sin. This includes manifesting bad things for other people. Things that could actually cause them harm. Or the reason behind you manifesting is that so you could appear to be better than other people.

Remember manifestation revolves around the kind of energy that we attract to ourselves. Wishing bad on other people could have a ripple effect in case the whole thing backfires.

So, manifesting for good is okay but when there is a sinister motive behind it, then that makes manifestation a sin.


Whether you are praying or manifesting, it boils down to asking, believing, and receiving. And by the way, it is in order to wish and hope for good things in your life whether you are praying to God or manifesting.

The kind of energy that you attract to yourself will determine what you reap from manifestation. Positivity begets positivity and vice versa.

Manifestation is not sinful if your intentions are good. You could use it as tool to build not just yourself but other people around you. In fact, manifesting could indirectly impact positively on religion depending on your desires.

From a religious perspective, manifestation is a sin as it does not rely on God’s power but on the belief that we have the power to make things happen. It is believed to bypass God’s sovereignty by relying on a power that could be considered as another god.

Also, those who manifest may do it for selfish reasons and end up being proud. This qualifies as a sin not just in God’s eyes but even from a moral point of view.

So, should you manifest or not? This depends entirely on your religious standing or the reason to why you want to manifest.

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