This is a hotly disputed issue with so many opinions on this subject. One of the reasons is that the word “hypnosis” or “hypnotism” is not mentioned once in the Word of God. However, for a Christian, the Bible is the yardstick by which any matter should be judged, and we should look for principles that apply in this case.
The Free Dictionary online gives this definition of hypnosis:
“The induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behaviour, has been revived but is still controversial.”
Another online definition, from http://www.compellingtruth.org/Christian-hypnosis.html, is as follows:
“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. There has been talk among Christians that hypnosis may open the mind to demonic influence. We don’t know…