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I'd like to know what's wrong with hypnotism. I was looking at a TV program this week, and this guy was hypnotizing eight people. They were doing funny stuff. It was kind of cool to see people doing stuff they don't remember doing at all.

Steve Answers:

Probably the major negative issue has to do with handing yourself over to the control and manipulation of someone else. I suppose it's up to the hypnotist to decide what you will do without you remembering. Could be good, could be bad.

What difference does it make if you don't remember it anyway?

Well, let's try this out with some everyday situations. Under hypnosis while at school, you talk only to people who are wearing red. Imagine the surprise and perplexity of friends you ignore because they're not wearing red. Or how about those strangers or people you don't usually talk to? But they're wearing red today, so you engage in conversation with them.

Hey, wait. It gets better. Tomorrow you're not hypnotized. So you go to school as if nothing unusual happened yesterday. Isn't this great? Now you get to try to undo the fact that you ignored your friends (even though you don't remember it). And now you have to deal with those people who thought you had become friendly, when you really didn't mean it.

But that's just the casual stuff. Most relationships have ups and downs, give and take, sharing. Who would willingly hand themselves over to someone else, especially a stranger, to control them? What kind of relationship is that?

God created us free to choose. Satan's kingdom can be characterized as one without choice. Satan seeks to control. For a negative but graphic illustration of that, check out Mark 5:2-5--the story of the demoniac.

We're born with a sinful human nature, which has us in the grip of its control. According to John 8:34, "Anyone who sins is enslaved" (Clear Word). The contrast comes two verses later: "If the Son [Jesus] sets you free, you will be free indeed" (verse 36).

To be controlled by someone else is Satan's way. Being free is God's way. This means if your religion is "controlling," perhaps you need Jesus to set you free

! When I rely completely on God, "there is now a new nature working in me giving me a totally different motive for serving God. This new nature is a gift from the Holy Spirit who through Christ has freed me from the controlling power of my sinful nature which always stands ready to put me back on the road to death" (Romans 8:2, Clear Word).

"Funny" may not be the best measure to judge something. Being free counts for a lot more.

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