Author Topic: To Ex-Believers: Did you ever have dreams/nightmares when you were a Christian?  (Read 1954 times)

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Offline majingojira

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I heard from one ex-christian that she had a nightmare where the rapture had occurred. As she flew up into the clouds, she saw Jesus, but he was evil and his eyes were glowing red. He caused a plane to crash because he could.

My question to ex-believers, did your religious beliefs ever intrude upon your dreams? If so, what were some of the things you dreamt about?

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I used to be LDS, and I dreamt once that someone had thrown those golden plates into a river somewhere, and I leapt my dumb ass in to rescue them, never mind that I can't swim to save my life :P


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I've had rapture dreams before.

Amusingly, one ended up being a bizarre transition of being in the car waiting for the rapture to happen, then it turns out that the entire thing was a computer game when the game "Crashed" and I'm sitting at the computer going "Well, heaven's sure buggy."

Now all I have are church dreams where I go church shopping.
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Nope, none that I recall.
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I had a couple Rapture dreams.

Mainly I was left behind because of [insert reason here].

I preferred the dreams where God actually answered my prayers for once.

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The closest I had were constant nightmares that haunted me to the point that I suffered from insomnia.  As a Catholic, I prayed every night and started asking god, Jesus, and anyone else up there for help.  Nothing.

Then, in the middle of one such dream, I called out to Thor.  Problem solved.

Sorry, but i have to go with the results.
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I am still a Christian, but even I have them. A key difference is that God is not the villain, but rather other people. In one, I was being burned at the stake by a mob of nondescript fundies. In another, I was being...probed by a lab coat-clad Nietzschian ubermensche figure, while Billy Joel's "Pressure" was playing the background. I can't tell if I need to see my pastor or my psychiatrist, because it seems I'm caught between two equally terrible fates.
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I had a few as a kid. They all freaked me out. Glad I stopped having them.
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Shortly before I converted to paganism, I had a really messed up dream where a Zombie Jesus (seriously, he was like a walking corpse, in the process of decaying) was chasing me, and when he caught me he ate my brains. I'm serious. In my dream I reached up and could seriously feel the inside of my skull with my hand. I think I watched "Return of the Living Dead" one too many times... though why there was an ACTUAL zombie Jesus there... fucked if I know.

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I used to have nightmares about dying, demons, dying in my sleep and the apocalypse. The demons and apocalypse dreams went away after I stopped believing in that stuff, and the death fears went away soon after.
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Strangely, I don't recall ever having dreams about demons or the apocalypse when I was a kid. My family was Catholic, but we weren't fundie, so maybe that explains it.

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Strangely, I don't recall ever having dreams about demons or the apocalypse when I was a kid. My family was Catholic, but we weren't fundie, so maybe that explains it.
My family was barely religious, but even just praying before bed (plus the "History" Channel), with the idea that I could die in my sleep repeated nightly, fucked me up there.
What I used to think was me is just a fading memory. I looked him right in the eye and said "Goodbye".
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I always assumed that kids in hell-fire-and-brimstone fundie households would have nightmares about hell and demons. Kids naturally have a predisposition to fear darkness, monsters, etc., it being an atavistic predator avoidance instinct channeled through their fertile imaginations. That said, I always saw the teaching of dogma about going to hell - a place that defines terror and pain - to be a form of ignorant, unknowing psychological child abuse :(
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I've read lots of stories of kids having nightmares about that shit, I agree, it's child abuse.
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I'd agree. Even being told it existed fucked the shit out of my brain, and that's with constant reassurances I wouldn't go there.
What I used to think was me is just a fading memory. I looked him right in the eye and said "Goodbye".
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Together as one, against all others.
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