Reading The Bible / Or / Listening To It While Asleep

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    I have been a Christian for a long time. During that time, I have read the Bible straight through only once, although I've certainly read portions of it several times. I don't see myself sitting down and reading it straight through again, but what I think I'd like to do is to play it on CD while I am sleeping. I have seen how listening to old Art Bell shows at night have affected my dreams so I think I'd like to see what the Bible can do.

    While you are sleeping, your ears are still working and your brain is still processing what it hears. While I was in paramedic school, I was working full time at a paper bag plant and volunteering with a volunteer ambulance service, so I didn't have a lot of time to sit down and study such things as formulas and algorithms.

    What I did was to read them all into a tape recorder, which I played on a loop while I was sleeping. Between the act of reading them into the tape recorder and the repetitive hearing them while asleep, I learned them.

    Has anyone here done that with the Bible?
     
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    I mentioned in another thread (I think about listening to audio books) that I have the NKJV Bible on CD's and that I often put my head phones on at night and listen to the Bible being read to me while I'm going to sleep. I also do this in the early morning often so as not to disturb my husband while he is still sleeping.

    While I have not gone through the whole Bible yet this way...I do find that when I do this my sleep seems deeper and more peaceful without a lot of the tossing and turning and waking up as often as is pretty normal for me these days.

    Plus on the nights I do this I wake up with peace in my soul too and like I'm filled up with spiritual nourishment for the day. I didn't notice this difference right off, but the more consistent I was in listening to my audio Bible before going to sleep...the more I came to notice these things.

    Lately since my daughter and grandkids moved back here from Texas and I have been busier helping them...I have not been consistent in my nighttime ritual and I do notice a difference here too. I am back to restless sleep and waking up with anxiety and feel I am missing my nourishment for the day.

    Thanks for starting this Thread @Ken Anderson and reminding me to get back on track with something that has been very helpful to me. With all the changes in our lives these past few years...some that are overwhelming to me at times...I think listening to my Bible CD's before going to sleep at night consistently will be a big help in keeping me balanced no matter what changes come our way. I will begin again tonight. :)
     
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    Have you fallen asleep with the audio Bible playing? Has it come into your dreams?
     
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    I know I have fallen asleep listening but I don't think it had time to come into my dreams because if I turn in my sleep the strangeness of still having the head phones on would wake me up by startling me. But I have some ear bud ones that I will see if I can use for this and I am going to try listening on a more regular basis and I'll let you know what happens then Ken. :)

    I definitely think it will help me memorize more of the Bible. :)
     
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    I think I'd have trouble sleeping with earbuds on too, which is why I am going to wait until Michelle is gone. She is going to housesit for her sister for a couple of weeks in Connecticut at the end of this month, leaving me alone here. It will be kind of a vacation... for me.
     
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    Well @Ken Anderson tomorrow will be a week that I have been listening to the Bible on CD as I go to sleep. It's not following me into my dreams yet...at least not any I can remember. Yet after 3 days of listening to the New Testament before falling asleep I have woken up to a desire to hear more of God's Word...so I have been listening to the Old Testament in the Morning...and the New at night for the past 3 days. I also noticed that after a few days I wanted to read along in my Bible while listening to the audio CD so I have been doing some of that too.

    Although I am not noticing any dreams about what I am listening too...I am noticing that my sleep is much more peaceful and I am not waking up as many times as I usually do. Which is a blessing just in itself.
     
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    It is. I haven't tried it yet but I do have the audio Bible now and will be doing so while Michelle is away in Connecticut later this month. I will be surprised if it doesn't come into my dreams because I frequently dream about the stuff that is being discussed on reruns of the Art Bell show that we listen to.
     
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    Okay, my first experiment was last night. I started at the beginning and it was somewhere in Leviticus when I woke up, but I didn't recall any dreams. I could remember having dreamed but couldn't remember anything about them. Tonight, I'll start where I left off.
     
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    https://www.christianbook.com/nlt-video-bible/9781598567120/pd/567120?event=CARTPERS

    I'm still listening going to sleep every night listening to the Bible on CD and still no dreams on any of it...but it sure makes me want to wake up listening to the Word some more and so almost every morning I am still listening to it again before I get up.

    For my Birthday I ordered the above Bible translation on DVD and I'm really enjoying listening to this while reading along with it. :)

    My soul feels refreshed...and this is just what I have needed. :)
     
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    When I awoke, I was learning about the rules for dealing with leprosy. It's just as well that I didn't dream about that one, I guess. It was a lot longer than I had remembered.
     
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    I often found when I would open my Bible and start to read it to myself...so many things would often distract me away from what I was reading...even if it was just things knocking around in my head. :)

    But since I've been listening through my head phones to the Word being read to me, my mind concentrates on what is being read to me and I'm hardly ever distracted. This same concentration is happening while I listen to the DVD and read the verses on my TV screen while they are being read to me. I also find that some verses "pop out" at me...and when I'm finished listening to the CD or DVD I will go reread these verses that I have jotted down on a note pad I keep next to me.

    Even though I'm not having any dreams about any of what I am hearing, my spirit being refreshed and renewed on a daily basis again is just wonderful.

    Another thing I've added to my ritual now is some Praise and Worship songs before I turn the CD or DVD on. This seems to help the Word "saturate" every part of me. :)

    I'm glad you started this topic @Ken Anderson. It's helped to stir up the fire again.
     
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    That makes it worthwhile.
     
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    A few nights now, and I am halfway through the Psalms. I woke up this morning with a hymn on my mind, one that came from one of the Psalms. I remembered which one earlier but no longer do. The Night before last, I woke up during the night aware that I had had a Bible-inspired dream, but then I went back to sleep, and couldn't remember the dream in the morning, only that I had recalled having it.
     
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    I am in the Gospels now. I have definitely been having dreams based on the audible Bible text. I don't remember enough about any of them to be able to give you any clear examples but I have had a couple of dreams that were based on one or more of the prophets who were yelling at me while I was asleep, predicting all sorts of horrible things that would be in store for me, which my sleeping brain took, twisted around, and made it about me. I wish I could remember it, but I have had one dream on the Gospels, and I think I am only in Mark, so it was probably from Matthew. I think I was awake through Mark.
     
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    I have finished the audio Bible in the NKJV version. One odd thing about the audio version that I have is that "Lord" was always pronounced with two L's, as L-Lord.

    Tonight, I am going to begin again, this time in the KJV. I thought about going with the James Earl Jones version but that seemed a bit overly dramatic. Maybe I'll do that on my third time through.

    It's interesting how we spend most of our Christian lives in the New Testament, although that does make sense, yet the NT is such a small part of the Bible. The NT was over in less than two nights.
     
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    I have read the Old Testament through twice in my life and the New Testament several times. Often it brings more questions to my mind than it answers. I was afraid I was going to become non-Christian if I continued, so I stopped. I still read passages and look things up, but I can't read it cover-to-cover any more. Most people are inspired, but I am not one of those. My wife has a chair that she sits in and reads every morning. It settles her mind. She sees things differently from me. I have the KJV on tape--not CD--but have only listened to a small part of it.
     
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    I listen to it for a while before I fall asleep, then my subconscious listens to it while I sleep. When I wake up during the night, I will listen to it before falling back asleep, and again in the morning. I am interested in seeing 1) how much of it I can absorb while asleep and 2) how it effects my dreams.
     
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    The other night after falling asleep listening to Ephesians in the New Testament I found myself in a dream doing some powerful spiritual warfare for my Nephew who is addicted to meth. I woke up knowing that I was dressed in the full armor of God during my dream and that God is moving in my Nephew's life.
     
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    Wow! That was something!
     
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    So far, I have been through the entire Bible in the NKJV once, the NT in the KJV once, and as far as Leviticus in the KJV, although that version of the KJV was hard to understand since it was more like a computer reading it to me, so I stopped there, and went back to the earlier copy of the NKJV, in which I am somewhere in Numbers now.

    I have had several dreams that were in some way related to the Bible text, but nothing particularly dramatic. However, my sleeping mind is picking up enough of it that I feel far more familiar with the Bible text than I have been since Bible college.

    I don't know if this is related directly to my sleep coverage of the Bible, but I have become far less receptive to trash in movies. Movies whose level of disrespect for God wouldn't have kept me from watching them anyhow, only a month ago, are now more likely to sicken me, not physically but to the point where I have to decide that I am not wasting an hour and a half watching that trash. Probably, my nightly recitations of the Bible have simply put me in a better frame of mind.
     
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    You said, I think, you had finished listening to the new King James Version. How if I may asked does the NKJV differ from the plain King James
    Version. What bible tdo you keep in your study or your home?
     
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    Maybe you are "seeing" and "hearing" those movies through God's eyes and ears now Ken. :) Keep it up and you just may see that same disrespect for God in more than just the movies. :)

    I am still going to sleep listening to the Scriptures and waking up either listening some more or reading the Word and I am sometimes surprised to hear things I don't remember hearing before...even though I'm sure I must have. My thirst for the Word keeps increasing so even if I'm not having dreams...I must be absorbing what I'm hearing to the point that I can't wait to hear more of it when I wake up.

    I'm also experiencing the waking up of my senses to what is disrespectful to God during my days too.
     
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    The New King James Version uses the same source material as the King James Version, but in modern language, whereas many of the other translations will use different source material, so there are some verses that are in the KJV and the NKJV but not in the NIV or the NASB, etc.

    I have several translations and versions, and which I use will depend on what I want to do with it. I grew up with the KJV so I don't have much trouble with the archaic language, although I can understand why someone new to the Scripture might just give up when confronted with the KJV. I like the poetic language used in the KJV, as none of the modern versions seem to be able to retain the poetry.

    While doing Bible study, I like to have a couple of different translations. The Amplified version is good for that, although it would be maddening to use the Amplified Bible for regular reading.

    I know that it drives the KJV-only people nuts to hear this, but some of the other versions are based on manuscripts that are earlier than the ones used in the KJV, so a version like the New American Standard Bible might be more accurate. The differences are fairly negligible, for the most part.

    For regular reading, I love the New Century Version, but only the versions published before 1991, when they decided that it would be cool to make a gender-neutral version.

    My favorite all-purpose Bibles are the Holman Christian Standard Bible or the New American Standard Bible. I use the NASB most. I used to like the New International Version, as the early NIV was a good translation, but they decided that political correctness was more important than accuracy.

    So I'd go with the NASB or the HCSB, but if you're comfortable with the KJV and are pleased with it, I don't see any reason to make a change.
     
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    Of course, if you really want to have fun, you might try the Cotton Patch Gospel. A very nice guy that I know put the Cotton Patch Gospel of Matthew online.
     
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    I thank you for taking the time to fill me in.
     
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