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Is Hypnosis For Christians Bad

Are psychotherapy and hypnosis acceptable for Christians as a way of treatment of mental health? A friend of mine says it is worldly and so Christians have to avoid it.

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WHO KNOWS? It is the sick who need a doctor. I've considered hypnosis myself. Some speak of self-hypnosis and visualization and meditation. Shock treatment might be a last resort. But what is one to do when the Lord is on another page? If the Lord is not quick to favor, what is one to do?
---born on 3/22/13

Follower: 'Hypnosis is allowing another human to have control of your mind.'

Where do you get this bit of info.

I do not directly differ, but I do want to know how you know so much

If you have evidence that can be provided, either to a secular or to a Christian court, please provide it
---Peter on 3/17/13


I said:

You replied: Yes there is.

Then please explain just how one is different from the other, and how we must rely on God alone to cure one, while we are free to use doctors to cure the other. Chapter and verse, please.
---StrongAxe on 3/16/13

Hypnosis is allowing another human to have control of your mind.

Would a logical thinking person willingly give control of their mind to another human being in the name of "mental health"? No of course not!!! Yet Doctors know those whose minds are impaired by way of "mental health issues" can surely be persuaded and sold on idea that giving control of their mind to another human being might cure them of whatever mental health challenge they have.

Should "Christians avoid it"? Absolutely as should every human being alive, however not everyone thinks for themselves they let others think for them, in effect they already gave away control to their minds and thoughts by believing the hypnosis lie.
---Follower_of_Christ on 3/16/13

I agree with StrongAxe, I have mental illness and I literally thank God for the meds that help me function in everyday life! They're a life-saver for me. I do rely on God, but meds too.
---Mary on 3/15/13

Would you counsel the same thing for people with cancer or other serious PHYSICAL illnesses? -StrongAxe on 3/14

Absolutely Not.

If not, why not? Do you think there's a qualititative difference between physical illnesses and mental illnesses?

Yes there is.
---Jed on 3/15/13


You said: Mental health treatment in general is worldly, for the most part. People need to submit their minds to Jesus Christ instead of seeking a diagnosis to provide excuses and reasons for their sins

Would you counsel the same thing for people with cancer or other serious PHYSICAL illnesses? If not, why not? Do you think there's a qualititative difference between physical illnesses and mental illnesses?

Sadly, many people think so. They believe our bodies are frail and expected to fail - so it's OK to see doctors for treatment, but our minds are different - we must rely ONLY on Jesus there, and/or our own force of will. Where does the bible teach such a dichotomy? I've never seen it.
---StrongAxe on 3/14/13

Mental health treatment in general is worldly, for the most part. People need to submit their minds to Jesus Christ instead of seeking a diagnosis to provide excuses and reasons for their sins. Submit to God, resist Satan, Satan will flee you.
---Jed on 3/14/13

cluny, were you a witness to the first zipper? were you there to see the first vehicle? wonder if chariots suffer the same as cars and zippers. that is almost too funny. I actually got a good laugh out of your post cluny.
---shira4368 on 3/13/13

Psychotherapy is one thing. Hypnosis is another.

They are not related.

Computers and automobiles are worldly, too. When they were introduced, some preachers even condemned zippers on clothes for reasons that modesty prevents my mentioning.

None of these things are mentioned in the Bible. Should Christians avoid them?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/13/13

to who it may concern: hypnosis is playing with the mind and it is against what God teaches. any kind of magic is not biblical for Christians to participate. you can believe the way you want but I know what God's Word says.
---shira4368 on 3/12/13

Hypnosis has nothing to do with the paranormal. There is a difference between hypnosis used in comedy acts and other purposes and hypnosis used in hypnotherapy.
---momof5 on 3/12/13

As a Youth Pastor I wanted to know the Truth about hypnosis. Once I understood what Hypnosis was I was able to come to my own conclusion.

First off, you need to understand that there are 4 states of consciousness. Beta (Wide Awake) Alpha (Learning State) Theta (Meditation, Hypnotic State) and Delta (Sleeping State)

These Four states are actual brain waves that can be measured and recorded with a bio-feedback machine.

Everyday we go in and out of all 4 states.

Hypnosis is receiving suggestions in the theta state where we are most suggestible and we can accept life changing suggestions.

Having someone you trust is a must! If you want Godly suggestions, than go to a Godly Hypnotherapist. Rev. Tom Zegan CCHt.
---Tom_Zegan_CCHt on 10/23/12

hypnosis is playing with the fire..the paranormal. we are warned about that in the bible. it is not normal. I once went to a dentist that tried to hypnotise me and it didn't work on me and maybe its because I am a child of the King. It really did scare me. I got up and ran out of there. even tho I was a teenager, I knew something wasn't right about that.
---shira4368 on 7/14/12

The truth about hypnosis is you are allowing another person to control your mind! The new-age sales pitch is this is a form of do-good therapy. Leaving aside the issue of religious beliefs hypnosis is dangerous and puts your mind in a vulnerable state. To call it worldly assigns some greater power to its destructive nature. Never yield your mind or body over to another human being.
---Follower_of_Christ on 7/14/12

NurseRoberts you are not off subject.

Hypnosis is a worldly tool just like a car, money, music, internet etc. It is what you do with it that makes it good or sinful.
Hypnosis in the eastern religions context is to find your internal goodness. So that it can be expressed and thus improve yourself. However total depravity and one of the gospels says that "Jesus knew the hearts of man and the evil intentions."
In a christian perspective hypnosis can allow you to isolate yourself from distractions and better listen to the voice of God. Both are intense peaceful states to listen but one is to yourself the other is to God.
---Scott1 on 7/13/12

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A little off subject, but what constitue worldly??

Are automobiles worldly? Computers? TV? Radio?
---NurseRobert on 7/13/12

1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1Co 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
---micha9344 on 7/12/12

Hypnosis is a form of witchcraft, which is of Satan.

It is a common tactic used by the Word of Faith movement to brainwash, decieve, and con people out of their money.
---Rob on 7/12/12

Erika: Is hypnosis a Biblical tool? Have you heard from a godly person that God instructed him/her to use it? If not, stay away from it and stop considering it. If Eve was not considering eating the forbidden fruit, Satan would not have encouraged her to do so James 1:14.
---Adetunji on 7/12/12

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A common misconception is that hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness resembling sleep.

Contemporary research says that in hypnosis subjects are fully awake and are focusing with their mind while experiencing a decrease in their peripheral senses.

Herbert and David Spiegel. Trance and Treatment. Basic Books Inc., New York. 1978. ISBN 0-465-08687-X. p. 22
---aka on 7/12/12

If hypnosis is UnGodly, then everyone who claims to be Christian are in trouble. Everyone goes into states of hypnosis every day of their lives. It is a state where the conscious mind is relaxed or distracted and subconscious is active. When you drive a car, and reach your destination and wonder how you got there because you were day dreaming....guess what, that is hypnosis. When you go into a state of prayful mediation on the word of GOD and block everything else out, that is hypnosis. God gave us conscious and subconscious mind. How can it be UnGodly? The state of relaxation right before sleep at night... you got it! Hypnotic state. And Jesus, preaching to the masses in His mesmerizing way, hypnotic.
---Stacy on 7/11/12

There are Christian Psychotherapists who love the Lord and and treat people using a biblicle model of therapy.

Hypnosis is just altered states. If you have ever driven a car and "Lost" part of the trip, you were hypnotised. If you have ever "Zoned out" you were hypnotises.

Hypnosis in the hands of an ethical person can be healing. Why do you want an ethecial dr. or a Christian Dr? Why? You want an ethecial dr to do it for the same reason you want an ethical mechanic.

Good tools in the wrong hands can do harm.
---ron on 3/20/09

the thing you have to understand about hypnotism is that it leaves your concious mind in a state of idol and that is the same thing as being in an astral plane which is what the devil created to counterfit the throne room experience with god and if youare out of state of mind demonic forces can enter you as they please so keep that in mid before you try hypnotherapy
---luke on 8/17/08

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It is taught in Christian Deliverance classes that hypnosis is demonic and that through it, satan can get in.
---Cheryl on 3/25/07

I am Christian, who practices self-hypnosis. What is unGodly about POSITIVELY trying to transform our subconscious minds in a spiritual way? God does not wish us to keep our subconscious minds negative. Hypnotherapy is probably the most powerful aid for this. He has given us certain technques, and it is up to us to use them properly under the right auspices. Let us not be fearful, as this is the place where most innaccurate thoughts and conclusions are born from.
---cristi on 3/23/07

Worldly,INDEED,and Dangerous;It is not by Feelings or Senses,but a Christian is supposed to "walk by Faith" (2Cor.5:7) and trust in Christ.Hypnosis seems to be a work of the Devil,putting his foot in the Crack you let open. The Bible is the Only "self-help" book I know, that solves any problem we face.
---rosem4839 on 3/14/07

I'm under hypnosis right now. I hope someone snaps their fingers pretty soon, I need to snap out of it.
---Dave on 3/9/07

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I won't go as far as to say whether hypnosis is good or bad, but it makes me somewhat nervous, because of someone else having such control over me. Now God, I love Him having total control over me.
---catherine on 3/9/07

Few things are "acceptable for Christians" or "unacceptable for Christians" in and of themselves (sin excepted, and even most sins are virtues, or at least neutral, depending on the context).

Hypnosis, however, is something that should not be done lightly. If it helped someone get off being hooked on pain killers (and NOBODY does this as a taste treat), then thank God.
---Jack on 3/8/07

I was one who said IT'S DEMONIC STAY AWAY. However, my daughter got hooked on oxycontin and dilaudid prescribed by Pain Mgmt Clinic for migraines. Long story short...she went to a christian doctor who did hypnosis and was delivered from all the drugs without anything hanging on...all within 24 hours. It was amazing. Be careful though and make sure you research the doctor. Have someone present with you if at all possible.
---Marlene on 3/8/07

"Noone is 100% in the mind", is what God said to me one time.I wouldn't go as far as to say psychotherapy is worldly, It just doesn't work. the hospitals are running over, The world is in a big mess. Noone seems to be really happy. I understand that 75-80% ect. of people are on nerve pills, sleeping pills. divorce rates are sky high. When you get use to Jesus counseling you, Then noone else will do, because He is the only one that knows the mind and people. He is our creator.
---catherine on 3/6/07

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I was taught by the church, that this leaves ones mind open for entrance of demonic spirits to take hold and take over.
---Cynthia_1 on 3/6/07

they do have christian psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists, i've had therapy for depression/panic disorder and i am a spirit-filled christian.i also take meds. hypnosis-i don't think so. god has other ways of healing. be very careful in your choice of counseling-find a christian. god bless you. you are in my prayers.kimberlynn9854
---kimberlynn on 3/5/07

Psychotherapy and hypnosis are based on limited human understanding of God's amazing creation. If you have mental health problems the best thing you can do is pray. Your friend may be being a little dogmatic in her stance but I understand her concern.
---Ryan on 3/5/07

I believe it's totally acceptable as a form of brainwashing. I use it all the time.
---Dave on 3/5/07

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Over the years, I have found it very helpful.
It's kept me from breaking down and falling apart at the seams. It's kept me out of the bin.
---Dave on 3/5/07

Both Psychotherapy and Hypnosis can be effective tools when used by a qualified professional. I don't recommend Hypnosis for parlor tricks and stage performances as this is just exploitation.

I remember that an instructor was going to try to hypnotize members of our Graduate Psychology class but they kibosh was put on that immediately. The Air Force really did not want any post hypnotic suggestions to being given to a group ICBM Combat Crew Members pulling nuclear alert the next day.
---notlaw99 on 3/5/07

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