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Is being hypnotized a sin?

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 I was watching some crime show the other day with my sister and in the show a guy claimed to have witnessed some terrible murder the police were investigating. His memory of some of the details and events were a little bit fuzzy, so the police asked and the man agreed to undergo hypnosis in order to give the police more descriptive details as to what happened.

 

 Is it a sin to be hypnotized in such a situation? What about for other less significant things?

 

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I don't know of a reason it would be sinful except that sometimes drugs are used to make it easier sometimes.

 

 

It could be dangerous though to allow your mind to become passive. And the origins of hypnotism are occultic. It's probably a good idea to just stay away from it for self help reasons.

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18 hours ago, Faber said:

Is it a sin to be hypnotized in such a situation?

Why would you think it may be a sin?

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6 minutes ago, Erik said:

Why would you think it may be a sin?

Maybe because drug induced altered states of consciousness are known as scorcery?

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10 minutes ago, William said:

Maybe because drug induced altered states of consciousness are known as scorcery?

Oh lol. As far as is being hypnotized in the scenario described of course it is not a sin. I can’t comment on if it’s a sin for other less significant things without understanding the less significant situation. As long as you are walking after the Spirit and not your body you should have no concern of sin. 

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From what I know of hypnotism, the question of sin connects to the wider question of world view. I would find it sinful knowing what I do about how many people use it.

 

At best, it's like leaving your house unlocked and popping out for a few hours. Sometimes nothing happens at all, sometimes a prankster might pop round and rearrange your furniture (like in the popular hypnosis stage shows) and maybe sometimes a squatter might move in who might be hard to get out. 

 

As for me and my house, I lock the door.

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18 minutes ago, Red Sky at Morning said:

From what I know of hypnotism, the question of sin connects to the wider question of world view. I would find it sinful knowing what I do about how many people use it.

 

At best, it's like leaving your house unlocked and popping out for a few hours. Sometimes nothing happens at all, sometimes a prankster might pop round and rearrange your furniture (like in the popular hypnosis stage shows) and maybe sometimes a squatter might move in who might be hard to get out. 

 

As for me and my house, I lock the door.

I agree. Regarding intruders, demonic spirits excluded how much is a person susceptible to outside influence during hypnotic states? Are they susceptible to suggestion by the hypnotist and/or investigators which may of subjected the person to identifying images beforehand? And how much merit is given a testimony in the context of the OP which is founded or changed after (I don't recall, but now I do) a non drug or drug induced altered state of consciousness? How much credibility should that kinda testimony be merited (under the influence or other means of alternative states of consciousness) in a court of law?

 

How do we reconcile Scriptures which command us to be sober minded at all times?

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