Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mark Virkler's Bizzare Christian Dream Interpretation Views

If you dream about sexual intercourse with someone is that God's way to tell you you need their spiritual gift?   According to evangelical author Mark Virkler, the answer is yes.

Mark Virkler has been a popular Christian seminar speaker (4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice), but few may be aware of his strange views on dreams and their interpretation.

On his Web site he explains his views. 
www.cwgministries.org/Principles-of-Christian-Dream-Interpretation 

Virkler encourages us to try to remember our dreams upon waking and ask the Holy Spirit to help us interpret the symbolic imagery of our dreams to figure out what God is saying to us.  A few examples will suffice:
  1.  He states that if we meet someone in our dream named Sharon that could mean that we need to work on sharing more.
  2. Or again on Virkler’s Web site, “One person reported dreaming of a friend named "Anita Cook" and finding the interpretation to be ‘I need to cook.’”
  3. And, “Dreaming about ketchup may be calling you to "catch up" in some area.”  

One wonders if meeting a Dr. Ben Dover in your dream means you need to get a prostate exam.  Why not?  Does Virkler’s God have an affinity for bad puns?  Apparently so.

The above examples are merely humorous without intending to be so.  But other examples are downright disgusting and absurd.  From his Web site:

“Sexual dreams should be viewed symbolically. Sexual intercourse is a symbol of union, so ask the question, "In what way is there a union or joining taking place within me?" This will probably be a union of previously warring parts of yourself (for example - a merging of the workaholic part of yourself with the laid back part of yourself could appear as a dream of sexual intercourse). Or if you needed to incorporate the gift of hospitality into your being, you may have a dream of sexual intercourse between yourself and a person you know whose chief trait is that of hospitality.”

Seriously?  If God is trying to tell me to be more hospitable His best method is my having an erotic dream about someone who has that spiritual gift?  Let’s hope that person is one’s spouse.

And Virkler claims that God never warns us in the Bible about dreams. This simply is not so. There are a good number of such warnings scattered through scripture.   Here is just one:

Deuteronomy 13:1-3
If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying,  Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,?  you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
One final illogical teaching of Mark Virkler on dreams is the idea that "my dreams" are trustworthy but the Bible only warns about others dreams as being false.  This makes no sense whatever.  My dreams are others dreams from their perspective!

But biblically, this claim is also false.  Jeremiah 23:25 makes that clear,
I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, "I had a dream, I had a dream!"
Being in the first person makes no difference.  God calls them false prophets even though it was their own dream they refer to, and not someone elses.
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2 comments:

  1. very helpful and probably saved me from wasting my money on his dream interpretation kit.

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  2. In looking at a number of sources on dream interpretation and gathering information from both the Christian and Scientific world to learn more, it is not so incredible to realize that sexual dreams can be just what they seem to be, revealing throughts or desires, or that they can be metaphorically taken. Some statistics reveal that if people have sexual dreams only 20 percent of women dream of being with their spouse and approximately 7 percent of men. While these people have dreamt of being with persons other than their spouses they were not necessaily attracted to or in some cases knew who they were with; therefore, this can be deeper desires or issues coming to the surface or the meaning is not as obvious. Is God giving the metaphor? Probably not, but God can help us interpret what is going on in our hearts to understand ourselves better and and make adjustments in our lives.

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