The Bible's Dream Influence
The Bible has had much influence on how people view dreams. It is suggested that, due to the Bible, some humans view dreams as prophecies and not as a clue from the subconscious. There have been numerous passages in the Bible in which God has appeared to his prophets in dreams and given them messages to bring to the people. Whether a person nowadays does not believe in the relevance of the Bible, believes that it should be taken completely literally, or believes in the simple moral messages of the Bible, it cannot be disputed that dreams are present in it, just as dreams are present in us. Here, we take a step closer to the Bible to examine dreams' influence in it.
Genesis: But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, "You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman."
Genesis: He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
Numbers: he said, "Listen to my words: "When a prophet of the LORD is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams.
Deuteronomy: If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder,
Judges: Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. "I had a dream," he was saying. "A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed."
Daniel: he said to them, "I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means."
Daniel: Then the astrologers answered the king in Aramaic, "O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it."
Daniel: The king replied to the astrologers, "This is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces and your houses turned into piles of rubble. But if you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. So tell me the dream and interpret it for me."
Matthew: But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
Matthew: And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Matthew: When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."
As we see, much of the dreaming in the Bible is prophecy and appearances by God and His angels. It is up to each individual whether or not they believe in what the Bible says, but we can see that dreams are present often in it. The Christian beliefs- surprisingly like Gypsy beliefs -have dreams present often, and this, in a way, shows how different religions can be connected.
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