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Hypnotism

In Hypnotism on May 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

Hypnotism is defined by the Standard Dictionary as “An artificially induced somnambulistic state in which the mind becomes passive, acting readily upon suggestion or direction.” Touching the same phenomenon the Century Dictionary says: “The subject believes, and at last does all that is commanded.” That these definitions are no more than the truth, is abundantly shown by the testimony of hypnotists themselves.

One of the most prominent of these in America says:—”What is hypnotism? . . . What force is exerted that, after making a man sleep, rouses him to a false wakefulness in which he obeys any suggestion, loses his identity, speaks a language foreign to him, feels contradictory sensations, takes part in strange scenes, and then is suddenly aroused, to have no memory of what has happened? … It is the most wonderful thing on earth. . . . Hypnotism is a spell, or trance-like sleep, that one person, by certain simple methods, casts over another. . . .The mind of the subject is entirely under the control of the operator. He may be made to see and hear, to think and feel, exactly as the hypnotist wishes. . . . No pen could adequately describe the marvels that may be brought about by hypnotism.

The divine law demands that all our powers be exercised in subjection to the will of God.Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,” says the Saviour; while the apostolic injunction is, “Whether ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” But in hypnotism we have a “silent and mysterious force,” which usurps the place of the Creator and “enables one man to seize on its very throne the will of another man and make him conform, to his slightest wish in every act and feeling.” Surely no man has any right to make such a surrender of his will, to so place himself under the power and will of another; and just so surely has no man the right to usurp such power over the mind and will of another.

Such power belongs alone to God, for He only can safely hold such power.  Nor is it necessary in all cases that the subject make a conscious surrender of his will to the operator. L. W. DeLaurence, Professional Hypnotist and Magnetic Healer, in his book, “Hypnotism,” under the head, “People Hypnotized Against Their Will,” says: “There is a way in which a shrewd hypnotist can succeed in putting people under the influence who really do not care to be hypnotized.” He then describes his method of entrapping an unwilling victim, and concludes thus: “You can then proceed by a few well-chosen suggestions to put him dead asleep and induce somnambulism or trance in the regular way. He will ever afterwards be your subject if you understand your business in giving post-hypnotic suggestions.” Thus hypnotism not only accepts the sovereignty of the mind when voluntarily surrendered to it, but by force and fraud “seizes upon its very throne the will” of the unwary victim of its hellish arts. Is not such power Satanic, if not in its origin, at least in its exercise?

That this “silent and mysterious force” is sometimes used for the alleviation of pain and the subduing of incorrigible children, does not make it any less dangerous. For when occasion requires, “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers [and agencies] also be transformed as the ministers [and agencies] of righteousness.” (2 Cor. 11:14, 15)   Moreover, this false angel of light collects an awful and a lasting toll for all the supposed or pretended benefits conferred. The will power of the subject is forever broken, and he is ever afterwards subject to the will of the hypnotist, unless rescued and set free by divine grace.  And let no one suppose that the hypnotist is himself safe. No man can debauch the will and mind of another without sinning against his own soul.

Another statement made by hypnotists, and which is’ doubtless true, demands special consideration. It ought to appeal strongly to Christian minds. It is the claim that under this “silent and mysterious force” the subject “loses his identity” and “speaks a language foreign to him.” The power thus to speak in an unknown tongue is one of the gifts of the Spirit of God; but it would be blasphemy to assert that it is the Divine Spirit that confers this power upon the hypnotized subject. Nobody claims this; indeed it is asserted that the mind and will of the subject are controlled by the mind and will of the human operator, the hypnotist.

The real truth, however, is that the hypnotic gift of tongues is nothing more nor less than a Satanic counterfeit of the Divine Spirit’s gift of tongues on the day of Pentecost. In its nature and tendency it is closely akin to the false miracles wrought by Jannes and Jambres for the purpose of discrediting the signs shown by Moses and Aaron. Now, as these magicians withstood Moses, so will there be in the last days men professing godliness who will oppose and seek to discredit truth by various counterfeits and substitutes. See 2 Tim. 3:8.

Another evidence that hypnotism is not of God is found in the fact that while this power, or at least the knowledge of how to exercise it, may be bought with money, the gift of God is beyond purchase. “Thy money perish with thee,” said Peter to Simon the sorcerer, “because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” (Acts 8:20) But hypnotism is a commodity to be bought and sold, the same as the knowledge of any other money-making art.  Hypnotism, under whatever name it may be known, is evil and only evil continually, for it violates the great principle of liberty of soul, of individual responsibility and accountability.

Whosoever surrenders his will to any man, should know that once out of his own keeping, his will can be restored to him only by a miracle of divine grace, and that he is in imminent danger of being led captive by Satan at his will. Therefore “avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”

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