The Religious/Spiritual Perspective on Dreams?

Question by nacsez: The Religious/Spiritual Perspective on Dreams?
Dreams are one of those things which we all experiece, but very few of us actually take the time to think about, even fewer understand, and perhaps no one understands completely.
My question:
Do the various holy books (Bible NT, OT, Quran, Vedas, Sutras, Occult texts, Kabalah, etc…) have anything to say about dreams? How about other religious or spiritual sources?
please site if possible with quotes not verse number.
looking for all types of answers from all faiths and faith abstainers. will choose best answer
thank you for all the christians who have answered; i was also hoping for other traditions to weigh in on this one…
i still feel like even though dreams existence has been addressed in many of these passages, what they are hasnt really been approached…

Best answer:

Answer by Father K
Pilate’s wife, a foreigner in the land, was warned in a dream that her husband must prevent the persecution of Jesus. She said to Pilate: “Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him” [Matt. 27:19]

There are many others, including:

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.”

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7 thoughts on “The Religious/Spiritual Perspective on Dreams?

  1. Dream interpretation is in the bible. Example: 7 fat cows represented good harvest, 7 starving cows represented time of crop failure.

  2. YES! All religions base some examples of their faith on dreams. Sometimes answers to a problem are ‘gleaned’ through a dream or a vision.

  3. The bible speaks of the interpretation of dreams with Joseph (many colored cloak) and the Pharoah. Holy people are given the ability to interpret the future in dreams.

  4. Daniel had “night visions” from reading a book of law.
    Daniel was finally told: shut up and seal it, til time of C.
    C is the end of the law: Rom 10:4; not mend of it: Lk 5.

    Such “night” mares, are played out in Revelation of J.
    But Revelation is a “worse” case scenario, to a void
    (latter end “worse”: seven [other] spirits more wicked);
    Except for the ending, which notably ends “grace” us only;
    And written by the hand of Paul: “his witness unto all men”:

    The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ with you all. Amen.

  5. i think we all dream some of us don’t remember what we dreamt….if God is trying to warn you or bless you or even reveal something to you he can do it through a dream… i also think he would have some one in place to interpret …but that is my belief..God causes and God reveals dreams

  6. God spoke to people through dreams so they’re certainly a means of communication. Joseph was given a message in a dream about Mary and Jesus. My pastor’s wife told me that as Christians one of our prayers must be to ask God to speak to us in our dreams and he does. I had a dream a couple of months ago that I would prang my car and the very next day I did. I was planning a trip to another town and I couldn’t decide whether to drive or go by bus so I prayed about it, got my answer but I didn’t listen cause I thought I’d get there faster by car

  7. Daniel 24:29
    “As you were lying there, O king, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen.

    Daniel 24:30
    As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than other living men, but so that you, O king, may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.

    Acts 2:17
    And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

    Joel 2:28
    And it shall come to pass after ward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

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