The Bible tells us to submit our minds to God, not to a hypnotist.Hypnotism is an occult science and can lead to demon possession.The Bible says “Let this mind be in you, which was also in ChristJesus:” in Philippians 2:5, and also, “Finally, brethren,whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoeverthings are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if therebe any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”in Philippians 4:8. In hypnotism, you do not control your thoughts,you let someone else control your mind. That is against what theBible teaches us to do with our minds.
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I have to disagree with this. Hypnosis is not demonic. It does notlead to demon possession. The hypnotist does not control you whenyou are in hypnosis. You are in hypnosis all the time…..the TV,the movies etc. So does the bible say that you can’t watch moviesor TV? Don’t you watch these? What about driving a car? Do youdrive a car and forget how you got there? You are in hypnosis. Whenyou read you are in hypnosis. Have you fallen in love before? Youare in hypnosis. Are these spoken against in the bible? When you goto school do you think you are not in hypnosis? How about when yougo to a sermon at your church? Do you think the pastor does nothypnotize you by repetition, by making you sing, by preaching toyou over and over and over again. Making you read passages form theBible over and over and over again. The more you do it the more youbelieve it. Come on lets get real. The bible is not meant to betaken absolutely literally. It is full of metaphors left to theinterpretation of the reader – that is exactly what hypnosis ismetaphors left for the interpretation of the person receiving it.If hypnosis is so bad then how come it helps so many people. Sowhat is the real difference? There is none.
“Hypnotize: 1. Put somebody into hypnosis: to putsomebody into a state of hypnosis. 2. Fascinate: tofascinate or charm somebody utterly. Synonyms: fascinate,mezmerize, spellbind, entrance, enthrall, compel, absorb.”
“Hypnotize” is what the “Serpent” did to Eve.
The “nachash”… translated “serpent” in the KJV from its “hiss” ismore like a “whispering enchanter.” Evidently, he spoke to Eve in asoft whispering voice of “secrecy” conveying an air of intimacybetween them. He was the epitome of the “traveling salesman”[selling his ‘merchandise’ – Ezek.28:16]. He sowed seeds of doubtin her heart that God was holding back the truth from her… nottelling her everything. The subliminal message was that ‘God can’tbe trusted… trust in me.’
“‘You will not surely die,’ the serpent said to the woman. For Godknows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and youwill be like God…” (Gen.3:4-5 NIV)
Satan [that ‘old serpent’ – Rev.12:9] “fascinated” Eve. Hehypnotized her. He mezmerized her… entranced her, enthralled her,compelled her… spellbound her.
The human mind is easily influenced from any number ofdirections… the five physical human senses are easily desceived.TV, commercials, ads, public speaking, and more, are geared toentrancing, compelling and initiating a response in those”mezmerized” by their messages.
The gospels are filled with instances of people “possessed” ofunclean spirits. Jesus cast them out of people right and left, itseems, as commonly as we take our next breath.
The human spirit is subject to them. Some people “dabble” inspiritual pursuits, seemingly asking for trouble. Others aremezmerized without any conscious thought. Most people aren’t awarethat anything’s going on at all.
Drugs can dull and open the mind to hypnotic influences, also…and hamper one’s ability to fight them.
The “business” of hypnosis, from an individual’s perspective, is aconscious decision on the part of a person to allow someone else to”take over” their spirit [intellect]… to clinically dull theirmind. It’s a willing surrender of one’s sovereignty… also openingthe mind up to outside influences, demonic or otherwise.
Being “hypnotized” isn’t “against” the Bible. It’s recorded in theBible to be a fact of human nature. The human mind is naturallysubject to it… unless one is aware of it and subsequently ableand/or prepared to fight it… or “overcome” it [ideally, throughthe power of God].
From another contributor:Hypnosis is not against the bible or God. Stoprelying on misinformation from people who do not understandhypnosis. and get educated about the subject. Fear of the unknownis the real enemy. Here is the Catholic Churches official stance onhypnosis that was established back in the 1950’s.Catholic Church Stance on Hypnosis:From the allocution to doctors by Pope PiusXII in 1957 which directly references the medical use of hypnosisand his allocution from 1956. Excerpt below:3. HYPNOSISBut consciousnesscan also be affected by artificial means. That one may obtain thisresult by the application of narcotics or by hypnosis (which onecan call a psychic analgesic) that does not make any essentialdifference in the moral point of view. Hypnosis however, evenconsidered only in itself, is subject to certain rules. may We beallowed on this matter to recall Our short allusion to the medicaluse of hypnosis which We made at the beginning of the allocution ofJanuary 8, 1956 on painless natural childbirth.The issue whichoccupies us now concerns hypnosis practiced for clinical purposesby the doctor, while keeping the precautions that medical scienceand ethics require from the doctor who employs it as well as fromthe patient who subjects himself to it. On this given use ofhypnosis, will apply the moral judgment, which We will formulatedon the suppression of consciousness.But we do not wantthat We extend purely and simply to hypnosis in general what We aresaying on hypnosis at the service of the doctor. This, in as muchas it is a scientific object of research, cannot be studied by anyperson indiscrimately, but only by a serious scientist within themoral boundaries valid for any scientific activity. It is not thecase of any circle of laymen or ecclesiastics, who would occupythemselves with it as with interesting subject by way of pureexperiment, or even by simple pastime.END EXCERPTCatholic Answersapologist Jimmy Akin also had a fairly good article with his viewof the Catholic thinking on hypnotism in his blog.