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Christians & Hypnosis. Many sincere Christians have been seduced by the prospect of hypnosis. The fact that hypnosis is regularly used today by Christian psychologists and medical doctors, has led many Christians to accept hypnosis as a legitimate means of medical practice. However, is hypnosis justifiable?
Hypnosis is “an induced altered state of consciousness in which the subject becomes passive and is responsive to suggestion” (Harper’s Encyclopedia of Mystical and Paranormal Experience). The term hypnosis comes from hypnos, the Greek god of sleep, and was coined by James Braid, a 19th-century British mesmerist.
The methodology of hypnosis is used widely in medicine and psychology. Donald Connery, in Exploring Hypnosis, says, “There is greater interest in and employment of medical hypnosis than ever before in history.” The American Medical Association approved the use of hypnosis in 1958. Courses on hypnosis are taught in many medical schools and an estimated 20,000 medical and psychological specialists use it (Hypnosis,”Encyclopedia of new Age Beliefs).
Hypnosis was conceived in the field of occultism and remains intimately associated with it. The Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs observes: “Historically, hypnotism is typically associated with the occultist or psychic, the one who exercises power over things or persons, such as the shaman, magician, witch doctor, medium, witch, guru, or yogi.”
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Hypnosis - The Hidden Danger
The danger of hypnotism is evident from the fact that it can produce a wide variety of occult phenomena, including past life experiences, multiple personalities, speaking in unknown languages, automatic writing, clairvoyance, telepathy, seizures, spirit possession, astral projection, and psychic diagnosis (Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs).
Many Christians are susceptible to hypnosis because they believe it works. However, discerning Believers understand that there are innate powers within man that can be manipulated and brought under the influence of satanic powers (Exodus 7:10-12, 19-22; 8:5-7). Hypnotism has been successfully masqueraded as an acceptable form of mental and spiritual health treatment while blinding its victims to the origin and nurturing strength of the occult influence.
The fact that hypnosis is so obviously and intimately nurtured with occultic experiences... the discerning Christian will see what hypnosis really is: a projected emphasis of self-exaltation that ultimately enslaves the will of man to the seductive influence of satanic manipulation that leaves its victims in a state of tormenting fear.
Satan's fiery darts against Christians are intended to stimulate a distrust of God and tolerance for self-sufficiency. More often than not... this is accomplished through stimulating the mind with a preoccupation for survival and/or an endless search for self-significance (Genesis 3:1,6). When believers yield to the temptation for either, they are always on the loosing end of the battle.
Never be sympathetic with any challenge that would hinder your need to yield to the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Word Of God is both our training ground and the ground on which we gain a pure perspective of the worthiness of Christ.
Satan cannot spiritually or mentally oppress a Christian who knows their free to worship Christ in spirit and truth.
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
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