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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Our Father Visits Me in a Dream

Something happened to me yesterday morning that I feel I need to share. Though I frequently have very vivid dreams that often hold meaning for me, my dream yesterday morning was quite different than my normal dreams. Usually my dreams are reasonably lengthy and vague in purpose, but this one was short and pointed and I feel it was probably a vision from God, not just a normal dream.

In my vision, there was a large, intimidating storm cloud and as I stood there, it became a face; the face was in the cloud and it was the cloud, that is, the cloud became the face; it was a bearded and kind yet firm face though it was still a cloud. And, believing it was a manifestation of the Lord Father, I asked Him the question that has been troubling my heart, "Why can't these people understand?" And I was given an answer. "Because they choose not to be able to understand." That was my entire vision.

My question was regarding people's ability to understand His Word, understanding that the Scriptures say what they mean and are correct (specifically Gen 1-11, but in general the whole Bible). Though I believe the Bible says what it means and is correct, I can understand the world through what I would call the fiction of popular historical science (i.e. the big bang theory, the theory of universal common descent by evolutionary principles, the proposed abiogenesis of life) and I would have to be able to do that in order to comprehend other science fictions (like some of my favorites, Dr. Who, Stargate, Star Trek, etc.) as I would be lost watching them if I couldn't. It seems to me that everyone I know who believes the historical record in the Bible can similarly wrap their minds around these stories passed off as science and mixed with science and distinguish where science and stories begin and end. But others seem incapable of doing the reverse, understanding the world through the historical record of the Bible when they are convinced of the popular historical view.

In rememberance of 1 Thessalonians 5:21 ("Test everything. Hold on to the good."), I recollect 2 Peter 3:5: "But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water." (Contrast with the big bang theory which says that the earth formed from dust and gas condensing into a molten ball and cooling to form solid land, then water came later.) I test and even if this is not a bonafide "vision", it is still a good dream as it is aligned with the Scriptures.

So my vision is true; it means to me that those who are unable to understand the truth are unable because they have decided to be unable. After contemplating this and praying about it, I believe that it means that I should not focus on trying to make people understand but only bring the truth and let anyone who wants to understand it do so. "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." (Romans 1:20)