Visions and Dreams
How does consciousness relate to religion?
Consciousness is described as a state of self-awareness of the action and decision made. Religion relates to consciousness since an individual has to make a decision on which religion to believe through his or her conscious. People must be aware of the choices and the consequences of their actions in religion.
How can psychological understanding of dreams be applied to Biblical texts?
Psychology believes that some dreams are a continuation of the conscious self where one is able to express feelings or acts that he or she suppresses during the day. To solve issues affecting patients, most psychologist use dream therapy to enable them to discover their hidden strength (Campbell 45). In Biblical text, dreams are considered as a revelation of what may happen in the future. People have prophesied based on the visions in their dreams. This is different from the psychological view of a dream.
How does a Buddhist understanding of dream help us to understand Biblical dreams and visions?
Buddhists have a different interpretation of dream and their significance. They believe that dream can occur as a method of communication from one person to another. In addition, a dream can occur to mean an impending event that will happen in the future. The Buddhist understanding of dream can be related to biblical text since God also communicates to the believers through dreams (Kozak 28). Furthermore, people have received prophecies through dreams in the Bible. Biblical dreams can be interpreted us a way of God speaking to his believers to provide information that is crucial to life.
How can dreams be understood Cross-culturally?
Each culture has its definition of dream and the importance of the dream to society or society members. To understand a dream one must analyze the cultural context of the individual. It is easy to understand dreams by analyzing the significance and the meaning attached to dreams in a certain culture (Campbell 192). A dream in one culture can be interpreted differently in another culture. It is crucial to note that none of the views presented about a dream are wrong, it depends on the cultural practice of the individual.
How can we scientifically understand such subjective experiences?
Scientists around the world have been fascinated by the idea of dreaming, which has led to a lot of research to determine the part of the brain that is active when dreaming. Furthermore, they are concerned on why dreams occur and ways they affect the lives of the dreamer. Studies in this field have shown that people are likely to dream about their experiences in the day or something they have missed. Dreams can be understood scientifically by more conducting research on the area to discover more information about dreams (Campbell 283). Psychologists have determined that dreams can be used in therapy to help the patient to recover.
Does a religious worldview offer us any insights into the meaning and significance of dreams which scientific theories do not?
Religious approach of dreams provides new meaning that is yet to be provided or tested by scientists. This because science is unable to offer the reason people can predict the future based on their dreams. Religion views dreams as a chance to determine what is likely to happen in the future through visions. Furthermore, religion offers a solution to the interpretation of dreams since the dreamer may not be aware of the meaning of the dream. Dream interpretation requires special gift that will enable the individual to determine what the dreams means about the future (Campbell 215). No scientific approach that has been developed which would help in dream interpretation in the society.
How does one choose between competing scientific theories especially when trying to use them to understand religious phenomena?
It is challenging to choose between scientific and religious theories since they both provide compelling arguments on why their theory is the best. However, lack of adequate evidence to substantiate the claim made by each side makes it more difficult to decide which is right. In this scenario, one should use his or her emotions to understand the religious phenomena. If the religious explanation of the phenomena makes one feel happy, then one should use it (Campbell 405). However, if there is enough evidence to show that the scientific view of the religious phenomena is accurate, then one should follow the scientific view.
What weight should be given to personal experience when examining dreams and religious experiences?
Studies show that most dreams relate to the individual experiences. For instance, if one dreams that he or she is being attacked, then there is something or she is fearing about. When examining a dream one should also analyze the individual’s lives especially the suppressed character that the individual fears that the society is against the behavior. If the dream does not relate to their personal experiences, the dream ought to be analyzed to determine if the dream has religious teachings or prophecy.
If a close friend had experiences such as those found in the Bible, how would you respond?
I would analyze the situation to determine if he or she had been thinking about the event lately. This is because if he or she was obsessed with the Biblical event when conscious, it might be the reason the dream occurred. However, if the event were unrelated to his or her experiences, I would consider it as valid prophecy or vision. If he or she had been thinking about the scenario, I would inform him or her that the thinking led to the similar vision.
If you had such experiences, how would you respond?
Just as in the situation of my friend, I would determine if the experience occurred due to my personal experience to determine if I should be concerned about the issue. If the experience does not relate to any of my thoughts, I will consider it as a vision.
Are such experiences from God, windows into supernatural world, or nothing important?
To determine the source of the experience one must relate the experiences with the culture he believes in. However, for I believe that such experiences occur due to Gods power.
Why do you think so many people are interested in dreams?
I believe that many people are interested in dreams because everyone dreams and want to understand the meaning of the dreams and their significance in their lives.
Why have they played such an important role in religions?
Dreams are crucial in religion since religious beliefs tend to emphasize the value of dreams and ways it can be used to predict the future. Furthermore, dreams provide spiritual nourishment for the believers.
Should such experiences become authoritative guides for us?
One may decide to act on the dream based on a self-reflection to determine the source or cause of the experiences. If the experiences prove to be God’s message, then one should follow them.