Hi all. i didnt know where to post this so i am just posting here. Sorry for it being kind of long.
A couple of months ago i was going through a REALLY tough time in my life with MANY things one even being questioning any religion let alone my catholic religion that i was brought up with. So during that time, my catholic faith was not nearly as important to me as it is now.
I had a dream, or nightmare rather, during the worst part of this hard time. In this dream I was in a very comfortable place with nothing else around me except the color blue. I then saw God or what it seemed to be God who was completely surrounded by a really great light. I asked him if i was going to go to heaven. He looked at me and said “Yes you will see heaven, but you will experience or see hell first”. Just then everything turned red and i could remember seeing flames all around me of which i then woke up.
(yes it might sound like any cliche dream of heaven but thats how it went)
This really scared me and still does to this day. Since then i have tried to change and have devoted much more of my life to Jesus and the teachings of the catholic faith including confession, scripture reading and daily prayer. However, this dream still haunts me. I am scared that i am going to be like the rich man in the bible that God sent to hell because of his actions on earth. If i am correct he, saw Moses and Abraham along with Jesus in heaven from his position in hell. Sometimes, i really feel this is what my dream is saying.
Basically i am asking if any of this could mean that i need to something different in my life or am i making something out of nothing? Is it wrong to take it literal? God is infinite in his works why couldn’t he work in our dreams? Any advice?