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  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Christian Church / History
  • Language:English
  • Pages:232
  • eBook ISBN:9781543999624

Visions and Dreams

Are They Communication from God, or Just Us?

by Ken Powe

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Do dreams predict the future? Are visions really either hallucinations or delusions? Jews and Christians have had definite and conflicting answers to these questions for centuries that are maintained to this day, but what is the truth according to the Bible and other sources that people trust as a society of believers or thinkers? Even people today claim to have visions and dreams that come from God, but are they right? Although believers accept that divine dreams and visions in the Bible are real, they or the church may not necessarily accept or believe that yours are. Why is that? Psychologists dismiss hearing the voice of God and seeing angels or the deceased as hallucinations, but should they? Should we all take another look at hallucinating as being spiritual or divine occurrences? Ken Powe, researcher and minister, explores these meaningful and contentious issues by looking at Scriptures, cultures and science from different parts of the world in an effort to give meaning to the mysteries of the universal experience of dreaming and having visions. Visions and Dreams: Are They Communication from God or Just Us? is a methodical step in the direction of reconciling divine phenomena with everyday experience. You may just find the truth if you know which direction to look!

What are visions? What are dreams? What does the Bible say about them? What does the church tell us to believe? What if dreams are messages from God expressed in symbols that we have to rightly decipher? What if dreams are actually figments of our own imagination expressing our own fears and desires and nothing more? Are divine visions in the Bible actually just hallucinations? Can scientific research provide a possible answer? For centuries, there have been conflicting and shifting views about visions and dreams, even though there is little or no controversy about those that occur in the Bible. Joseph, Daniel, Zechariah and John, to name a few, had these direct encounters with God and Jews and Christians alike are expected to believe by faith they actually happened and were real. But it's yet a difficult, sensitive and divisive issue when any person today claims to have had a divine vision or dream. But why? Visions and Dreams: Are they Communication from God, or Just Us? explores the nature of visions and dreams and the biblical interpretations surrounding them across cultures, denominations and time. As dream interpretation remains an important practice in certain faith systems as well as modern psychology, Judeo-Christianity and psychology are also closely compared and contrasted. The result is an anthropological road map on the journey to contemplating one of the deepest mysteries of all human experience: are visions and dreams real, or just us?
About the author
Ken Powe was born in Birmingham, Alabama and attended college at the University of Alabama in his youth. He is a Christian interfaith minister and former English professor who taught Literature and Composition courses at several colleges and universities for nearly 20 years. He is also an international professional musician specializing in concert piano, producer, recording artist and composer who has worked in the music industry for more than 30 years. He also holds an MBA degree and is currently a freelance business consultant and legal researcher. He currently lives in Helena, Alabama with his wife, Shellie, and has been married to her since 1996.

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