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Is Hypnotherapy A Sin

Is hypnotherapy or suggestive therapy a sin?

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I'm not sure. I know that many Christians say that it is wrong because they see it as mind control. I can understand the doubts. However, I know 2 Christian doctors who are also hypnotherapists and I know Christian patients of theirs who have been greatly helped by the treatment given. As much prayer would have been involved by both patients and doctors they must all have felt that it was O.K.
---M.P. on 6/19/07

How about a hypnosis session to improve scripture memorization?
Would that be wrong?

Like any other method or tool it depends on how and what its used for.

What are the fruits? Did it help someone or did it do harm?

Also, there is such a concept as self hypnosis so one would not have to worry about relinquishing control to another.

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:

Proverbs 23:7
---John on 7/13/06

Hypnotherapy I believe is a sin. It is handing the control of your mind to another human being -- goodness knows what they are being controlled by. To take part is to open one's self up to the powers of darkness. A lot of that stuff has evil spirits behind it.
---Helen_5378 on 7/11/06

As with anything that makes you loose control of your mental faculties, you open yourself to demonic activity and in worse cases demonic possession. Why give satan any easy access to you. He just laughs at our ignorance.
---Terry on 7/10/06

in the case of chemical imbalances then you aren't in your right mind and then treatment must be made, but hypnosis is a treatment that is giving control of your mind to someone else. Not God. Medical treatment is still in your hands, even theropy, because you have to take the meds or apply the discussions.
---jared on 2/16/06

Jared, the problem is that those with severe mental illness or condition are not in their right mind. Perhaps even to the extent that they do not recognised God. To say they just need to love God does not work in those situations.
I am sure that God has given us medical techniques, and wants us to use them.
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/16/06

Love God with your all your mind, soul, spirit and strength. Something about being in a theropy that takes you out of your right mind and into the suggestion of others just doesn't sound right to me.
---Jared on 2/16/06

What sorts of therapy do you practice?
How long ago did you become certified (now expired)?

Can you direct me to resources that demonstrate a significant difference between conventional and hypno-therapaeudic modalities?

OK, you do not practice it now, why?
---John_T on 2/16/06

The one thing that bothers me about hypnosis is, don't we fall under someone else's will and loose our own during that time? Without our free will, can't we be pawns of the devil?
---NVBarbara on 2/16/06

I am a certified hypnotherapist, but I do not practice it. This therapy is commonly used to help people overcome addictive behaviors like overeating, or smoking, or drinking, etc. The results are quite beneficial, and I would not be reluctant to suggest this kind of therapy to anyone, since I have witnessed positive results for many people. Some people even use it to help them in their college studies, by playing back their taped material while they are relaxing or sleeping.
---Eloy on 2/12/06

I do not understand medicines, but I do trust the doctors who use them for us.
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/12/06

Christians are very wary of anything that they do not understand, especially when it is connected to health issues. Acupuncture and a few other methods of treating the sick might come in the same category. The answer has to be, pray about it if you are wondering whether or not you should have one of these treatments and if still in doubt - don't do it. Be also aware though that the devil will infiltrate many good things to make us doubt and cause great confusion. I wear a copper bracelet, is that evil?
---f.f. on 2/12/06

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