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A trick of the mind

We have a show-man in England called Derren Brown whos act is mind control through suggestion as opposed to being a straight forward hypnotist.He truly is a master of his craft.In more amusing examples of his skill you can watch as he asks someone for directions and they end up happily giving him their keys,watches and wallets.Like i said,he has studied human psychology for years and is a master at his craft.

Last year he went to America to do an experiment on belief systems(you dont know him there so he could get away with it).In one of the experiments they advertised for a group of staunch athiests and gathered them together in a hall.Within a short period of time they were claiming their eyes had been opened and were praising Jesus.

At the outset of the programme he specified he was not out to humiliate any group but to demonstrate the power of mass hysteria.He likened it to a football match where often times the crowd almost becomes one,the same with the two extremes of religious service.Firstly quiet surroundings with low chanting and on the opposite end of the scale a mad euphoric frenzy of praise,both of which induce a mild hypnotic state.

It was a very interesting programme and i was wondering if any of you guys out there have had a similar experience?As a nation us Brits are pretty reserved and there isnt really a lot of that "emotional" worship over here but i have seen a fair bit of it on TV.Sometimes it looks fake and other times it looks real.Any comments or veiws appreciated.
Sounds like this guy got a kick out of mocking God , and the move of the Holy Spirit . Another devil ! :thumbs_do Mike
"mind control through suggestion as opposed to being a straight forward hypnotist" :confused:

ah...mind control sounds so much better than hynotism! NOT!

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
No matter what label a person puts on it, the devil will always try to copy, imitate or counterfeit the true experiences and gifts of the Lord.
NOT a trick at all ,but the awesome power of GOD the father and his son our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. According to the word of GOD 1 Corinthians 12:3
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
The things of GOD even JESUS himself can not be revealed by flesh and blood 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Only the FATHER can reveal the SAVIOUR JESUS PERIOD..Praise GOD for his HOLY SPIRIT
for we are saved by hope but hope that is seen is not hope
for what a man seeth why doeth he hope for?
but if we hope for what we see not then do we with patience wait for it.
my flesh and heart faileth
but god is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
psalm 73:26
hey sparky,

i understand what you are talking about...sometimes it looks weird to me too...like brainwashing...and other times it looks real.

No really valuable comment...jsut wanted to say I know what you are talking about! :)