Speaking in tongues

A good read on the phenomenon known as speaking in tongues
And some info of new research into what happens in the brains of those who practice it.



12 thoughts on “Speaking in tongues

  1. “This fascinating research supports what the Bible teaches about speaking in tongues, “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful” (1 Corinthians 14:14). What a wonderful God-given gift this is. No wonder the Bible encourages us to seek this gift and to use it regularly.”

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  2. I don’t know that it’s always divinely inspired, or even if some low spirit entity is responsible. I do know that as children my sister and I used to speak what we called ‘Double Dutch’ or ‘Gobbledegook’ to each other as a game. This was not like Pig Latin or any other meaningful coded language, but as far as I can see identical with Tongues. It is the intent and the emotion with which Tongues are spoken that makes the only difference, I feel.

    In these later years of my life I use it to express emotion, relieve feelings, and wish I had not fallen into this habit. I hate the thought that I might use it on my death bed, and family expecting to hear my words are frustrated and bamboozled!

    I recall a devoted couple going to a charismatic home church, who separated because the pastor told the wife, who could speak in Tongues, that her husband, who could not, would therefore not be saved, as Tongues was a sign of salvation. The pastor said she would have to leave him if she truly wanted salvation. She did leave, and told me it was the hardest thing she ever had done.


  3. Exactly 50 days after Passover the Jews celebrated the Feast of Pentecost. And they had been doing so yearly for 1500 years by the time the events of Acts 2 happened. In fact, the reason that there were people from all languages who were in Jerusalem that day to hear Peter’s message was precisely because they were there to celebrate the Old Testament Pentecost.

    We read in the Law how Pentecost was to be celebrated

    “Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath [i.e. of Passover], and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD. From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the LORD. (Leviticus 23:16-17)

    On the day of firstfruits, when you present to the LORD an offering of new grain during the Festival of Weeks (i.e. Pentecost), hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. (Numbers 28:26)”

    In the Jewish feast of Pentecost the Jews were to offer up a grain offering along with the regular burnt offerings. The grain was to be ‘firstfruits’ of new grain harvested from the land. This was an allusion – the depth of which was unseen by the first Jews from the time of Moses – of the coming of the Holy Spirit on that more famous Pentecost Sunday in Acts



  4. Interesting what the scientists have found. Being possessed by something, certain brain functions shut down, etc.

    Speaking in tongues? Genuine or people leaving their brains at the door? Stay tuned.


    • Point No.1 – Speaking in Tongues is Speaking Foreign Languages

      The first demonstration of speaking in tongues was at Pentecost. And those who were spoken to understood the apostles as speaking in their own tongues (acts 2:6-12)

      There were, however people who tried to discredit the apostles by insinuating the apostles were drunk and as a result were babbling nonsense (Acts 2:13).

      Some Pentecostals have mistakenly assumed that unintelligible language was the by-product of speaking in tongues, because it appeared to be unintelligible to the enemies of the apostles.

      But this class of Pentecostals/Charismatics fail to understand that an enemy will often misrepresent the situation to score points.

      Other Pentecostals/Charismatics utterly refuse to consider that speaking in tongues refers to foreign languages.


    • Point No. 2 Communication with Angels is not dependent on speaking in Tongues

      1 Corinthians 13:1 tells us that:
      “Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels and have no charity I am become as a tinkling cymbal or a sounding brass”.

      Much is being made by Pentecostals of speaking with the tongues of angels to defend their incoherent babblings.

      The following points are ignored:
      1) The Old Testament is full of instances of people communicating with angels. If speaking in tongues refers to speaking with angels, then this was already in place before Pentecost.
      2) The Old Testament communication with angels is presented as a dialogue between people and angels in such a way that the angels made themselves understood without the need of people having to speak in whatever the language the angels speak when in heaven. In fact the dialogue is presented as angels speaking and people understanding straight away without engaging in incoherent babblings.
      3) Acts chapter 1 finishes with Jesus ascending into the clouds of heaven and two angels appearing to the disciples and talking to them. The disciples are assumed to have understood the angels despite the fact that nobody was speaking in tongues, despite the fact that that the Holy Spirit had not been poured out yet, and despite the fact that the angels surprised the disciples by addressing them first!

      If you study the Bible from Genesis to Revelation you will find absolutely no evidence that the incoherent babblings are needed to understand angels (much less communicate with them), should they appear to you and me.


    • Point No. 3 – Speaking in Tongues is not always the loving thing to do

      1 Cor. 13 starts by stating that even though Paul spoke in angelic and man’s tongue, without love it was worthless.

      1 Cor. 14 explains why speaking in tongues without love is worthless. One that speaks in tongues without the benefit of an interpreter is only understood by God, not the rest of the Church (verse 2). Such a person cannot encourage, strengthen and edify the church because nobody understands him/her (verses 4,5). These speakers in tongues speak mysteries to God, because nobody else can understand them. What they speak is a total mystery to them (verse 3)

      Let’s stop here for a moment and consider the implications:
      1) Pentecostals/Charismatics often point to some talking in tongues but if you ask them to make sense of what the person seen talking in tongues says, they cannot tell you even though they claim to speak in tongues themselves.
      2) Many people in this day and age, come to church and get bored out of their brains even though the sermon or homily is in their own language. Imagine how much more bored they would get if they hear someone speaking in tongues without making himself/herself understood. Thus speaking in tongues is not a loving thing to do to those who cannot understand the tongue.


      • Speaking in tongues was a dramatic miracle that helped the Christian church begin (Acts 2). The book of Acts records two other occasions on which the Holy Spirit caused people to speak in tongues, and in his letter to the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul gave instructions about speaking in tongues.

        Some churches emphasize the practice of speaking in tongues. They teach that every Christian should speak in tongues as evidence of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Some of these churches are among the fastest-growing segments of Christianity.

        Other churches allow the practice of speaking in tongues, but do not encourage it. In these churches, tongue-speakers may form charismatic fellowship groups within the larger congregation. (Charismatic is defined in the glossary at the end of this series of articles.) Still other churches forbid their members from speaking in tongues.

        Speaking in tongues has been vigorously debated during the past century. The major questions are these:

        •Does every Christian who receives the Holy Spirit speak in tongues?

        •Does speaking in tongues prove that the Holy Spirit has come to a person?

        •Are those who speak in tongues more spiritual or closer to God than those who do not?

        •What role should tongue-speaking have in church meetings?

        To answer these questions, we need to consult the Bible. First, let’s see what Jesus said about tongues.

        Mark 16:15-18

        Giving his disciples their commission, Jesus said: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-18). Then Jesus predicted what would happen: “These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (verses 17-18).


  5. Speaking in tongues, glossalia, was well known before New Testament times. Sometimes theywould be recognisable languages, though unknown to the speaker, who was presumed possessed by a spirit who had aacquired that language while living here. Other times they would be more like gibberish, and perhaps caused by demon possession. Sometimes they were called the language of angels. You can get interesting info by googling, if you can find a reliable source.


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