When someone believes to have seen, heard or dreamt something of a supernatural nature.
3 ways of having a vision...
Intellectual vision - brings knowledge and undesrtanding. (Revelation from God)
Imaginary vision - something that strengthens faith seen in the mind's eye.
Coporeal vision - where figure is externally present. (Bernadette)
Examples of visions..
Joseph's vision (Matthew 2;13)
- 'When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.'
Apostle Paul's experince threw him to the ground. (Acts 9;3-5)
- 'Suddenly a light from heave flashed around him. He fell to the ground.'
Mary (Luke 1;26-28)
- 'God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth.
Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
- Brain disorder that can lead to religious hallucinations.
- Religious leaders supposedly experienced..
St Paul - Blinding flash 'seizures'
Moses - Burning bush 'seizures'
Electromagentic field in right hemisphere causing feeling of other presence in 80% of people.
Naturally occuring fields cause this feeling too. (Northern lights)
A conversion is a change from one belief to another.
Features of a conversion...
Intellectual - Thinking of logic (Between 2 systems of thought)
Moral - What's right and wrong (Around a lifestyle or behaviour)
Social - People around you (Changing friends, acceptance)
Valitional - Choose it to happen
Self - surrender - Don't choose it to happen
Examples of conversion...
Conversion of Paul; Saul was a Jew who was instrcuted to round up Christians in Damascus. Blinded by a light and heard a voice from heaven. Converted to Christianity.
Tolstoy; Converted on deathbed because he was afriad of going to hell.
C S Lewis; On reaching Whipsnade Zoo, he believed Jesus was the son of God. 'It was more like when after a long sleep, still lying motionless in bed, a man becomes aware that he is awake.'
William James; 'Man's extremity is God's opportunity.'
Edwin D Starbuck; People can only go so far in trying to change. You have to 'allow' it to happen.