Testing the Dreams
NOTE: When testing the dreams-articles the reader is presented with some pretty pictures. We will disregard them. They are not definitive when seeking the most important answer to the most important question: 'Is this message from the real Jesus of the Bible, or, from lying impostors?' To answer that question we will keep ourselves as strictly as possible to the wise directive in Isaiah 8:20:
"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
These dreams-articles contain material which appeals to our emotions, whether joy and pleasure, or, fear and horror. We will largely disregard these matters, also, for the same reason as we will disregard pretty pictures. We will not let them interfere with our primary Biblical work---bringing the teachings of the dreams-articles to an accurate analysis by God's Word. We ask for all the help the Holy Spirit will give us as we seek to be obedient in this task.
In assessing this material we will find three broad categories into which matters can be placed: 1) what the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy shows to be true, 2) what the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy shows to be false, and, 3) what the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy do not address, or, do not address in specific detail. We will leave out much, or all, of the third category as it is neither helpful nor definitive as we follow Isaiah 8:20. Examples in this third category would include: a) Adam and a belly button, b) details concerning resurrected infant care, etc.
We do not need to fret about Adam and Eve and belly buttons. We do not need to fret about how babies--born or unborn, on earth--will be cared for in Heaven. Our Creator is well able to take care of such things as He pleases. That much we do know from the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy concerning such questions. Fretting on unrevealed details only opens the field for demons to publish their bulletins on the subject.
There are other trivial subjects presented which we will also not address; such as: a) ambiguous architectural and mathematical occupations, and, b) childish games with letters floating in alphabet soup. These kinds of things are presented as either of vast importance, and/or, as an emotional hook. Fallen angels can, if we let them, absorb and obsess our minds with these matters until we have no time, energy, or interest for the "weightier matters" of salvation we are still having to face in this world.
"There are many questions treated upon that are not necessary for the perfection of the faith. We have no time for their study. ...But every truth which is essential for us to bring into our practical life, which concerns the salvation of the soul, is made very clear and positive.—Letter 8, 1895." -Selected Messages Book 1, 163
"By the thoughtless mention of God in common conversation, by appeals to Him in trivial matters...we dishonor Him." -Patriarchs and Prophets, 306, 307