March 1, 1967 is a day that will forever be emblazoned in my memory. Well, maybe not but at the time it was a little humorous. You won’t remember the date for the reason of this writing, and while giving away my age just a bit, perhaps you will recall a television episode where a marine ate some Welsh Rarebit Fiend.
The marine was USMC Gomer Pyle (😃). The food was blamed for his sleepwalking. Even Sgt. Carter ate some and fell under the same spell.
So, here’s the question. When it comes to your dreams, who is responsible? If you should have a bad dream, even a nightmare, is the devil behind the cause? Could it be your subconscious comes alive in your sleep-state and reveals your true self?
Ah, the sweetest most delightful dreams would then be from the angels of Heaven. The fluttering of angel wings calming your inmost spirit would invoke the praises of your lips to the Most High God. We would be quick to thank God for these kind of dreams.
Therefore, dreams would be like the person having to decide between right and wrong. A demon is resting on the left shoulder arguing for you to take the wrong path while an angel rests on your right side pleading for you to choose the right path.
What if the responsibility for your dreams are yours and yours alone? Those sinful thoughts throughout the day manifest themselves at night in your dreams. The scripture tells us to ‘let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.’ And then there is the verse which says, “He will keep us in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him.” Sin originates in the mind so disciplining the mind is essential. Dreams therefore reveal our progress?
Perhaps there is yet another possibility. Can a person really be held accountable for what happens beyond their control? Can we manage our dreams? Is our responsibility for our dreams similar to the child who has not come to the place of knowing right from wrong being responsible for his/her sin? If so, then we are not responsible or accountable for sinful dreams.
Would the bible support the position where a person in a state of sleep, where dreams, live would be accountable to God for what they dream? I have not found, as yet, a biblical precept to say who God holds responsible for dreaming sinful dreams. It may very well be no one is responsible.
Until Next Time,