Is Hypnosis Biblical?

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Hi T____,

Thank you for your question about hypnosis and what happens when one is hypnotized?
What happens is the loss of self- control and turning oneself over to the control of another. That is the effect of hypnosis in any of it many forms. Hypnosis is touted as a help in curing everything from weight loss to smoking to alcohol addictions. But it always relies on the need to have a hypnotist to suggest what ought to be your decisions and not those of someone else.
So what is wrong with another person being in control of your decisions or for that matter simply suggesting what decisions you should make? Well, if Christ and His Word were being held up as the ultimate arbiter of what is and what is not moral, there would be nothing wrong with that at all. But no hypnotist is living by that rule or he or she would not be a hypnotist. Here is one verse which demonstrates the truth of that fact:

1Co 14:32  And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
1Co 14:33  For God is not [ the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

No man of God ever has anyone between him and God, but Christ. He certainly does not have a hypnotist between him and God. A hypnotist who can control you thoughts and actions becomes nothing less than a medium, and mediums are condemned in scripture

1Ti 2:5  For [ there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Isa 8:19  And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
Isa 8:20  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [ it is] because [ there is] no light in them.

So no hypnotist has the light of these words in him or her. If he or she did, then they would not be dabbling in such unscriptural and demonic practices.

I hope this is edifying for you.
Your brother in Christ,

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