What Does the Bible Say About Hypnosis? Bible Passages on Psychics, Mediums, Fortunetellers

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.

Deuteronomy 18:11

Should a Christian Be Involved With Hypnosis?

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a process by which critical thinking is diminished and internal visualization is greatly heightened. It has been used to decrease the sensation of pain and the desire for an addiction, as well as the subconscious reaction that leads to fear. It's also been used in entertainment to temporarily convince people of things that aren't true. There are different types of hypnosis.

Traditional hypnosis is when a hypnotist puts a person into an alternate state that opens them to commands. This is most often seen in entertainment, but it can also be done by kids messing around.

Hypnotherapy is when the hypnotist puts a person into a trance and attempts to overcome some problem. It's been used to conquer fears, lose weight, and quit smoking. Therapy is not successful unless the person fully commits to the hypnosis.

Self-hypnosis is similar to meditation. The person is trained by a hypnotist to put himself into an alternate state and reinforce certain thoughts to overcome a problem.

Covert hypnosis is using conversation to hypnotize someone without them knowing—as seen in the TV show The Mentalist. Covert hypnosis is sometimes used by therapists on people who are skeptical of hypnosis in general, but it is also touted as a way to control people, especially for men to pick up women by influencing the woman to drop her guard.  (Read more...)

You must never sacrifice your sons or daughters by burning them alive, practice black magic, be a fortuneteller, witch, or sorcerer, cast spells, ask ghosts or spirits for help, or consult the dead. Whoever does these things is disgusting to the Lord. The Lord your God is forcing these nations out of your way because of their disgusting practices.  Deuteronomy 18:10-12

This is what the LORD says: “Do not act like the other nations, who try to read their future in the stars."  Jeremiah 10:2

Don’t turn to psychics or mediums to get help. That will make you unclean. I am the Lord your God.  Leviticus 19:31

I will condemn people who turn to mediums and psychics and chase after them as though they were prostitutes. I will exclude them from the people.  Leviticus 20:6

Every man or woman who is a medium or a psychic must be put to death. They must be stoned to death because they deserve to die.  Leviticus 20:27

I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells.  Micah 5:12

One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit that enabled her to tell the future. She earned a lot of money for her masters by telling fortunes. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.” This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And instantly it left her. Her masters’ hopes of wealth were now shattered, so they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities at the marketplace.  Acts 16:16-19

People will say to you, “Ask for help from the mediums and the fortunetellers, who whisper and mutter.” Shouldn’t people ask their God for help instead? Why should they ask the dead to help the living?  Isaiah 8:19

So Saul died for his transgressions; that is, he acted unfaithfully to the Lord by transgressing the message from the Lord (which he did not keep), by consulting a medium for advice, and by not seeking counsel from the Lord, who therefore put him to death and turned the kingdom over to Jesse’s son David. 1 Chronicles 10:13-14

Outside the city are the dogs–the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.  Revelation 22:15

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But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him.  James 1:5