What does the Bible say about hypnosis?
The Bible speaks in general principles of righteousness. These principles are guides for us even when they don’t directly name an item under question.
For example, we know that recreational drug use, like excessive drinking of alcohol, results in the decrease of clear reasoning and decision-making power. When one loses the powers of reasoning, he/she often does foolish, sinful things. The same Scripture that condemns alcoholic drunkenness also condemns any surrender of our mind and will to ungodly forces.
Whether one yields his reasoning and response to marijuana, alcohol, hypnosis, or some other influence, we need to keep in mind a principle Paul lived by: “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” (1 Cor. 6:12).
The original intent of the passage refers to something else, but we can gather this: Some things not forbidden by law (God’s or man’s) are not expedient. Some legal activities are not expedient because they surrender control of our emotions and the exercise of our moral judgment, resulting in sin.
Such is the problem of being hypnotized. It is a process by which we surrender to someone other than God. The person to whom we surrender through hypnosis becomes “god” in a sense — one who can demand of us whatever he/she wishes with little or no ability on our part to evaluate or reject.
This is the danger of hypnosis. It supplants God’s control over us through His Holy Spirit. Such surrender is unhealthy in the extreme.
— Elder Roy A. Marrs
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