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.
Should a Christian
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.