Would you like to…”Lose weight…Improve your eyesight…or get higher grades in school.” According to those who peddle them, subliminal tapes can help you in these areas and many more as well. Well, do they work? And more importantly should Christians use them?From knowing the New Testament to freedom from acne subliminal tapes promise the solution to virtually every dilemma people face…and this through messages only perceptable to the subconscious mind.

The fact that subliminal tapes gross some where around 50 million dollars a year might lead you to conclude that they must be effective. But are they really, or is this just another case of the placebo effect?

SUBLIMINAL TAPES- Solutions are not so simple
Well here again is an example of the skin of the truth stuffed with a lie. While there is some validity to the effectiveness of subliminal messages, the truth is that more often than not the solutions to our problems will come only through hard work, discipline, and diligence.Case studies done in universities demonstrate the fact that there really is no quantifiable difference between those who use subliminals and those who don’t. In reality there is simply no hard evidence supporting the validity of subliminal solutions.

Now just because you can’t scientifically demonstrate the benefits of these subliminal tapes don’t jump to the conclusion that there can’t be harmful affects to them. The truth is that there is an occultic dimension to some subliminal messages.  And don’t forget that many subliminals are produced by New Agers who are part of the “human potential” movement. There is no doubt that their objective is to substitute the god of self for the God of the Bible. In fact, subliminals can become a modern Tower of Babel which man attempts to solve his own problems apart from God.

SUBLIMINAL TAPES- No Shortcuts to Success!
Remember, as a Christian you should try to stay away from occultic influences at all costs, and that Proverb 1 and 1 Corinthians 9 calls us to obtain achievement through discipline and commitment (Prov. 1:1-7; 1 Cor. 9:24-27). There really is no shortcut to success regardless of what the sublimininal peddlers promise you. If you have a problem, let me suggest that you don’t depend on yourself, depend on God for the solution.On subliminal messages and subliminal tapes, that’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.