What do Christians believe about dreams?

Josh Larsen

May 7, 2010

I'm not sure what you mean. Could a dream kill someone? Maybe if it gave someone a heart attack. <br><br>I think dreams can have meanings though. I think the reason they don't seem to mean much to people anymore is because people are probably too worried about what they have to do when they wake up to think about the dream. Maybe if we kept a journal and wrote down some dreams that would turn out to have meaning.

May 7, 2010

I agree with you Josh, if anything we should have more dreams from the Lord in our time. As Joel says and Luke reminds us in Acts, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Actually I am seeing more interest in dream interpretation from a Biblical perspective and more books being published by reputable Christian authors. For example, Dream Language: The Prophetic Power of Dreams by James W. Goll is excellent, or Dreams and Visions: By Jane Hamon. Many times God has prepared me for a new season in my life through dreams, I have had a handfuls of dreams that foretold an event and then again, sometimes we just ate too much pizza. Everything has to be judged by the Bible, common sense and occasionally a Christian pastor or friend. But we could learn a lot from God’s attempts to speak with us through dreams as He did with nearly every character in the Bible.

May 7, 2010

My husband and I were just discussing dreams today with my daughter. She had a very vivid dream involving a group of people being drugged and controlled by one person. She knew she was being drugged, and was trying to tell the others that they were, as well. She said she was able to wake up out of the "trance" in the dream, but as soon as she did, the man came in with several other people, held her down, and began to inject her with the "trance" drug once again. Then she woke up.<br><br>I myself have extremely vivid dreams (ALL of which are in color, by the way). When I was going through a painful divorce years ago, I would dream of carrying my kids in the ocean, and trying to go through the waves, which were crashing over my head...I had this dream quite a few times, and chalked it up to feeling overwhelmed in my daytime life.<br><br>Over the years, and recently as well, I have had dreams involving houses or places filled with an evil, unseen spirit (and more graphic things that I can see, such as bleeding crucifixes or a bloody fetus in my hand--I know, it's weird), and just when I feel that my safety is threatened, or I feel totally out of control, I begin to yell for Jesus in my dream...and it is always then that I wake up. I think that's actually pretty neat! It's like he's coming to my rescue. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it...

May 8, 2010

I remember reading a book by a Chinese House Church leader a few years back and he spoke often of God warning him &amp; his wife when the Government Authorities were getting close, he was saved from death many times. I have had 'waking dreams' during the day, maybe could be called visions, where the Lord has taught me a truth about Himself that I have never forgot.

May 8, 2010

I realized one day while interpreting dreams for a guy that he mentioned God may have given me the gift of "dream interpretation". Sometimes He gives me the meaning quickly and others times more slowly or one I'm still praying for the interpretation. I don't think ALL dreams NEED interpreting, though. Sometimes they are VERY obvious as to the meaning.

Allan White
May 10, 2010

Conversion stories in Islamic countries are replete with dreams with a man in brilliant white robes calling to them. They see him as "Isa" (as Jesus is known is Islam), and are often drawn into a relationship with Christ - often in places where there are no bibles or other Christian thought. See "Secret Believers" by Brother Andrew &amp; A. Jannsen: <a href="http://www.secretbelievers.org/sb_book.aspx" rel="nofollow">http://www.secretbelievers.org...</a><br><br>It seems clear from these and other experiences (Solid4JC, appreciate the stories about the Chinese leader) that the Spirit is working in ways that we in the West rarely see. It saddens me greatly to think that our rationalistic, modernist mindset has perhaps blinded us to this... channel of communication with the Divine.

Ingrid Roeder
September 23, 2017

I have the gift of Dream interpretation. I'm a theologian... I have an MA from an ELCA Lutheran Seminary but I was told by my professors to not speak of my dreams ..to keep it a secret..and some people in my church think it's evil.
I feel dreams scare people and we're so far out of touch with God these days with all the distractions and materialism.

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