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polkadotfireant

polkadotfireant

So I’m really confused about something…

Apparently many Christians think dream catchers are evil. I’ve just discovered this, and I’m undecided on what I think about this. Here’s the main reason:
I used to have terrifying dreams when I was a little girl. I mean, TERRIFYING. I’d dream about giant tarantulas stalking me, my dog turning evil, things like that. So my older sister made me a dream catcher one night, and put it in my room. And the bad dreams stopped entirely, at least the terrifying ones. I still have less than pleasant dreams, but they’re more about embarrassing things happening at school and they happen very infrequently. I don’t treat my dream catcher as an idol, I really don’t, but I’m kind of scared to get rid of it because I don’t want those dreams to come back (and not to mention, my sister made it, so it’s precious to me). So I was wondering… is Satan luring me into a false sense of security with my beloved dream catcher? Help!

February 2, 2015 at 10:31
Nate

Nate

You need to be depending on God for your security, not a dream catcher. Try praying and reading inspirational verses every night. You can even sleep with a bible under your pillow if you’d like.

I am personally undecided about dream catchers, but because you asked I am going to share a story from a friend about them. First just let me say that she is a very reliable person who has never gotten drunk or done drugs. I will tell you the story and let you draw your own conclusions.
She woke up during the middle of the night with a sense of “intense darkness surrounding her”. She said that the very air felt stiff and that she was scared, and I believe she said sad as well. She said that she thought that she heard God telling her to look up the origins of the dream catchers, which she collected. So she quickly googled it. When she read about their pagan origins she collected all of them threw them out, and prayed. When she got rid of them the indescribable feeling of darkness left too. This is what SHE believes about the whole ordeal. That there was spiritual warfare taking place in her room that night.

February 2, 2015 at 10:59
polkadotfireant

polkadotfireant

Thank you. I might try sleeping with a Bible under my pillow like you described. I would have already tossed my dream catcher if not for the fact that my sister made it. She doesn’t live with us any more, so I don’t see her as much as I’d like, so I guess that is the reason why I’m so confused.

February 2, 2015 at 11:17
polkadotfireant

polkadotfireant

I still really don’t understand why the dream catcher sucked all my bad dreams away. It’s a bit fishy, to be honest. I’m trying not to believe that this thing could have actual power, apart from the ability to comfort me when I miss my sister.

February 2, 2015 at 11:20
rainbowuni

rainbowuni

Dreamcatchers, like a lot of things, have pagan origins. Wikipedia talks abouy how they originated, for people like me that find that stuff interesting: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamcatcher

The reason it worked is likely because, with the dreamcatcher, and the expectation and/or hope that it’ll work, you were more comfortable and relaxed when you went to sleep.

Or maybe the Ojibwe people were on to something, who knows 😉

List of other things with pagan origins: http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/topic/160613/lets-list-everything-that-has-pagan-origins?page=1
…so if you want to give up anything not specifically Christian in it’s roots, you’re going to have to give up a lot more than a dreamcatcher. Anyone like windchimes? Those are pagan. Wedding rings? Also Pagan. Basically, you’re going to have a hard time finding something not of pagan origins.

February 2, 2015 at 12:47
polkadotfireant

polkadotfireant

Interesting! Never knew that everything listed, except the days of the week, months, and chocolate, were of Pagan origin. I’m not worried about the Pagan roots (I know, I know, sue me). I’m worried about depending on my dream catcher for protection instead of God. I really try not to idolize it, but it’s kind of difficult. It also has great sentimental value as well, like I’ve already described.

February 2, 2015 at 13:51
marysetrueblood

marysetrueblood

(Wedding Rings are pagan too, it’s cultural, not religious! So are Christmas trees!)
TBH a lot of it is the “good luck charm” and psychological feelings of safety. You feel safer with it there, and since dreams come from your brain, it believes you and doesn’t give you as many bad dreams.
It’s what keeps you feeling happy and safe. Don’t give it up. I have two that my nana gave me as a little girl.

February 2, 2015 at 18:21
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

I’ve heard dream catchers are evil too, but no one told me why 😛 As far as your dreams go: belief–positive or negative–has enormous power. When you got the dream catcher you expected to have good dreams-so you did.

You don’t need the dream catcher. It’s an object and it has no power, good or bad. You have a good brain, fill it with good thoughts and you will have good dreams.

I make it a habit to read a chapter of the Bible before I go to sleep, it gives me something good to dwell on as I drift off to sleep.

February 2, 2015 at 19:42
marysetrueblood

marysetrueblood

Though to add, because it’s just an object, it’s okay if you still need it! I need to sleep with the monkey I was given as a kid because he was given to me as a cheer-up gift when I’d been sad, and I associate him with good feelings. Therefore, I have good sleep-thoughts. So don’t dismiss objects that help you because theyre “just things.”

February 3, 2015 at 18:21
chloe523

chloe523

The dream catcher itself has no actual power, it’s all psychological. Since you expected it to work, it did. I don’t think it’s wrong to use, as long as you know that the dream catcher is not actually some sort of powerful object.

February 5, 2015 at 16:49
loveoutloud

loveoutloud

Like rainbow said, it’s a psychological thing. I’ve always just thought they were pretty…

February 6, 2015 at 13:59
polkadotfireant

polkadotfireant

Well, now I sound superstitious, lol.

Thanks for the replies.

February 8, 2015 at 09:13
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