Throw out baby with bathwater? Not enough! Throw out tub too! … Exaggeration made for purpose of effect. :eek:
Very many people misled in very serious ways through these. Dreams and visions very dangerous. You are not Joseph and Daniel. Majority become kooks. Please do not become kook. Many very holy people easily deceived. Are you very holy yet?
Holy fear and trepidation of these things is often needed to the greatest extent!
I know people who have had lives ruined by these things.
‘God desires from you the least degree of purity of conscience more than all the works you can perform.’
‘Deny your desires and you will find what your heart longs for. For how do you know if any desire of yours is according to God?’
‘To actual imperfections all are not liable in the same way. Some, whose spiritual good is so superficial and so readily affected by sense, fall into greater difficulties and dangers, which we described at the beginning of this treatise. For, as they find so many and such abundant spiritual communications and apprehensions, both in sense and in spirit wherein they oftentimes see imaginary and spiritual visions (for all these things, together with other delectable feelings, come to many souls in this state, wherein the devil and their own fancy very commonly practise deceptions on them), and, as the devil is apt to take such pleasure in impressing upon the soul and suggesting to it the said apprehensions and feelings, he fascinates and deludes it with great ease unless it takes the precaution of resigning itself to God, and of protecting itself strongly, by means of faith, from all these visions and feelings. For in this state the devil causes many to believe in vain visions and false prophecies; and strives to make them presume that God and the saints are speaking with them; and they often trust their own fancy. And the devil is also accustomed, in this state, to fill them with presumption and pride, so that they become attracted by vanity and arrogance, and allow themselves to be seen engaging in outward acts which appear holy, such as raptures and other manifestations. Thus they become bold with God, and lose holy fear, which is the key and the custodian of all the virtues; and in some of these souls so many are the falsehoods and deceits which tend to multiply, and so inveterate do they grow, that it is very doubtful if such souls will return to the pure road of virtue and true spirituality. Into these miseries they fall because they are beginning to give themselves over to spiritual feelings and apprehensions with too great security, when they were beginning to make some progress upon the way.’
St. John of the Cross