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Are Trances Godly

Are trances of God? Acts 10:9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a TRANCE. What do you think?

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I think you're talking about hypnosis, are you not?
Hypnosis as a form of treatment for various conditions.
---Bob on 2/26/08

J._non': Like Acts 10:9 says, I think a praying Peter indeed "fell into a TRANCE". That is to say, he simply fell asleep (napped) & God gave him a dream/showed him a vision. :)

Peter's experience was not the same as Satan's counterfeit trances (drug & self-induced hypersuggestible catatonic stupors).
---Leon on 2/25/08

Trance is descriptive in which a person received a revelation by super-natural means. [Acts 10:10, 22:17 "visionary state"]. Peter and Paul, seemed to be interested in showing that the trance was only a vehicle for a revelation from God.
---catherine on 2/25/08

Good morning everyone. This is what I have found out on the scripture pertaining to the word trance.>>>The vision itself. He fell into a trance. He quite lost himself to this world and so had his mind entirely free for spiritual communion with divine things. In Study Bible>> Then he became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing something he went into a visionary state. The answer to your question is yes, God can put His people in such a state.
---catherine on 2/25/08

Trances can be of God if they make you worship God more and fall crazy in love with Jesus more. The devil does bring counterfeits though. Many people in the Bible experienced trances from God.
---Leslie on 2/23/08

Catherine, The KJV bible does say "trance" Look it up before you say "you have it all wrong".
---1st_cliff on 2/23/08

I am not sure why the question, in Acts it talks about Peter going into a trance, so this was of God as he was given a great revelation from the Lord about who to include in the Way. I don't believe his being hungry had anything to do with it other than he was waiting and my guess probably praying or God just spoke to him and he recieved it. He had an encounter with God.
---marja8875 on 2/22/08

I will tell you what I know: You have it all wrong. It was no trance it was a vision.>>>Peter saw the heavens open and a vessel descending unto him that appeared to be a great sheet knit at the four corners. And so forth.
---catherine on 2/22/08

No. Trances and channelling spirits, speaking in 'tongues' are not godly. Nor is Eastern meditation, certain types of concentration, and even certain ideas. You have to protect your mindset and make sure all your activities are in line with the Bible.
---frances on 2/21/08

Right On, Jk, Jsph, Mima + Robyn!
Peter was guided by God through it. Without it, us Goyim (Gentiles) would not have been accepted into the fellowhip of messianic worship. Divine Trances happen occaisionally, but they are not to be worshipped! Worship God, not the giver, nor the method.
On the otherhand: Eastern Mysticysm, Witchcraft, Drugs, or forcing myself to go without sleep can bring on a trance also, but I don't want that source for my life's direction, GIVE ME JESUS.
---timotheus on 2/21/08

J N : The word in Greek is ek stasis =displacement of the mind,bewilderment. In medical terms it's mass hysteria like hypnosis,nothing really supernatural. Robyn if you get a thrill from that,so be it! Peter was likely faint from hunger,dilusionary!
---1st_cliff on 2/21/08

I have gone into a trance before and was speaking in tongues during the process. You know what is going on around you but you have tuned that out and are focusing totally on Jesus. When the Holy Ghost is through with you, you snap out of it, so to speak. I believe in trances. You feel brand new when you come out of it. I praise Jesus for it.
---Robyn on 2/21/08

The TRANCE you described in your question was certainly a godly TRANCE.
---Mima on 2/21/08

The ability to Detach oneself from one's physical surroundings in a state of complete mental absorption and focus in prayer, as in this instance, is empowered of the Father. Denoting in this case, the state of mind of one who is in deep meditation concerning the things of God, thus open to receiving inspiration beyond the confines of ones carnal intellect. However not all trances are of God, whether it is or not, would of course depend upon the mindset and motive of the one entering the trance.
---Josef on 2/21/08

In and of themselves, trances are neither godly nor un-.

Only time and the fruits of such an experience can help us determine whether or not a given trance is "godly".
---Jack on 2/20/08

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