THE RELIGIOUS ASPECTS OF HYPNOSIS
Since Hypnosis is magnified concentration connected to a belief system, then the Bible has some insight to what is accepted and not accepted.
Deuteronomy 18: 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritualist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord…
Leviticus 19:31 20: 6 says about the same thing.
Even ADAM fell into a deep sleep when God removed a rib in order to make woman.
King David would play a harp until the King’s countenance was altered.
The anti-religious statements about hypnosis are made through ignorance. “I’ve heard…” “They say…” “The Bible says…”
Once again, the knowledge that people have about hypnosis comes from the movies and eighty percent of what ninety per cent of people know about the Bible is what they have been told.
Hypnotists have no mind-controlling powers, we can’t see into the future; we can’t cast spells or talk to the dead.
Also there is an irrefutable safeguard of hypnosis that would keep anyone from abusing the power: Any suggestions that go against a person’s morals, wishes, principles, or desires would quickly and automatically be rejected. No one can make anyone do anything they do not wish to do.
Every morning millions of Americans get up and go to work. Some use adding machines or computers or jackhammers to make a living. Some of us use hypnosis. That’s all. The truth is that everyone experiences some form of hypnosis everyday of the week.
As a “born again” Christian, if hypnosis was wrong, sinful, or mind control, I wouldn’t be doing it. If it was mind control, then we would have 100% tithers and 100% attendances in our home church. There would never be any arguments or disagreements among anyone.
If hypnosis was mind control or had supernatural powers to control peoples minds, then I would be making millions off of the local DA’s office pulling the truth out of everyone convicted of a crime who does not want to confess to their crime. Since it does not work that way, then it stands to reason why hypnotists are not used in the court room every day. Now if someone wanted to tell the truth, to remember things in detail and if they were willing to release that info to the public, then yes, hypnosis might be used and even able to help under those circumstances.
Face the facts. People are just people and no one has any human power over them other than themselves. People are easily influenced. The only power I claim to have is the fact that the Holy Spirit of God dwells within, and through His influence, guidance and unction’s I am able to do what is called good. Without Him, life would not only be meaningless but I would be so helpless in my efforts to do good. I depend upon His love, His Word, His guidance and His instructions for all my life. Proverbs 3:5-6.
So if you have doubts talk to me. Have your pastor call me. Many claim to have victory in Christ, yet they live in fear. Fear of the things they do not understand. We have victory through Christ over all things.
Some have even erred in saying that Hypnosis opens the doors to evil spirits. Again, they do not know the WORD of God. We know that light and darkness can not dwell together. Christ is the light so if your saved that means Christ lives with in you. If Christ lives in you then no demon or evil spirit can take up residence. The light of Christ drives out the darkness.
(1 Cor 9:22 KJV) To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
(v. 1,2) Believers are to dedicate themselves to God.
(v. 3-8) To be humble, and faithfully to use their spiritual gifts, in their respective stations.
(v. 9-16) Exhortations to various duties.
(v. 17-21) And to peaceable conduct towards all men, with forbearance and benevolence.
Believers are to dedicate themselves to God
(Rom 12:1 KJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We are to meditate on God’s Word. In other words, we are to become so focused on Him that we are able to tune everything else out and not be distracted by the outside world.
(Gen 24:63 KJV) And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
(Josh 1:8 KJV) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
(Psa 1:2 KJV) But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
(Psa 63:6 KJV) When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
(Psa 77:12 KJV) I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
(Psa 119:15 KJV) I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
(Psa 119:23 KJV) Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
(Psa 119:48 KJV) My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
(Psa 119:78 KJV) Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.
(Psa 119:148 KJV) Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
(Psa 143:5 KJV) I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
(1 Tim 4:15 KJV) meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.