What exactly is "Speaking in tongues"?

What exactly is "Speaking in tongues"?

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Since: Aug 08

Somewhere in Ireland

#1 Nov 27, 2008
Does anyone really believe that speaking in tongues is anything other than a load of blarney? I watched a TV programme recently where a woman was muttering what to me was utter gibberish, while her front man was taking no chances and asking, in English, for viewers to part with their money, something that seems to be obligatory if you are a TV evangelist. I had a look at this site www.tbm.org/tongues.htm , but despite the explanation offered, the clearest message was that there was merchandise for sale. I gather that speaking in tongues is not practised by all Christians, but would be interested to hear your thoughts on this phenomenon.

“Search For Truth”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#2 Nov 27, 2008
Hi Par five,
I think the NT means that the Apostoles suddenly were able to speak other languages of the world.
However the site you mentioned claims that 'speaking in tongues' in the language of Heaven. Therefeore it means that all the people who claim having this 'gift' must understand each other. This is easily verifiable. Get two of these persons and ask them to communicate with each other by giving questions (in wrtiting) to one of them and ask the other to translate it, or reply in English.
Hello

New York, NY

#6 Nov 27, 2008
Yes it is the overcoming of the Tower of Babel -- the scattering and destruction of humanity due to arrogance.

I can read in all different languages whereever God has appeared atleast in Hebrew, Pali and Sanskrit:

Yah - I am
Aham - I am

Now to me all these texts are my own...no matter what language.

Since: Aug 08

Somewhere in Ireland

#7 Nov 27, 2008
Hello wrote:
Yes it is the overcoming of the Tower of Babel -- the scattering and destruction of humanity due to arrogance.
I can read in all different languages whereever God has appeared atleast in Hebrew, Pali and Sanskrit:
Yah - I am
Aham - I am
Now to me all these texts are my own...no matter what language.
What????
Hello

New York, NY

#8 Nov 27, 2008
par five wrote:
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What????
Gen 10:9-10, He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be mighty upon the earth. Nimrod prevailed in wickedness and his effectiveness increased. He slew innocent blood in order to make a name for himself and build a world empire.

And the LORD said,'Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.' So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.' Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth." (Genesis 11:1-9)
Missionary Man

Ravenna, OH

#9 Nov 27, 2008
par five wrote:
Does anyone really believe that speaking in tongues is anything other than a load of blarney?
Par five, why do you wish to begin a thread on speaking in tongues with a question that will obviously offend all who believe in speaking in tongues. Yes there are many many people who believe in speaking in tongues. It is estimated that of the approx. 2 billion Christians worldwide, 25% are of the Pentecostal/Charismatic faith. That means there are at a minimum a half billion people worldwide who believe in speaking in tongues and doesn't believe it is "a load of blarney".

I will answer your question even though I find the way you asked it to be offensive.

What exactly is "Speaking in tongues"?

Three dramatic signs accompanied the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost: a rushing mighty wind, tongues of fire and speaking with other tongues. The wind and fire were not repeated in Acts, but speaking with tongues continued to occur when people were filled with the Spirit. Praying in tongues has several purposes in the life of the Spirit-filled believer.

1. Confirmation. Speaking in tongues is the first outward sign of the Holy Spirit baptism. This is found in Acts 2:4 and also in Acts 10 and 19. Acts 10 is especially instructive, because Luke records that what convinced the Jewish believers that the Gentiles had received the gift of the Holy Spirit was that they heard them "speaking with tongues and exalting God." (Acts 10:46)

2. Adoration. Our finite minds are incapable of comprehending and our own language is inadequate to totally express our hearts' worship to God. Speaking in tongues, in what many refer to as a "prayer language," frees us to communicate to God the worship of our hearts that we could not express in our limited vocabulary. Having been a missionary and being able to worship in more than one understood language, I still run out of words. But when I pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit bears witness with mine that the worship of my heart that I could not adequately express has been communicated with the Spirit's help.(1 Corinthians 14:15-17)

3. Edification. Praying in the Spirit edifies — "builds up" — in two ways: It edifies the individual who prays in the Spirit, and if interpreted, it edifies the church. Paul stated that he spoke in tongues more than all of the Corinthians, yet he admonished them that in the church setting tongues should be interpreted so that all could be edified.(1 Corinthians 14:3-9) This does not restrict the private use of tongues for personal edification, because praying in tongues builds up the believer spiritually.

4. Intercession. "The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should." (Romans 8:26) When we pray in the Spirit, we are enabled to pray beyond our understanding, and God uses us to work His purposes in the lives of others through the ministry of intercession. Paul said, "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints." (Ephesians 6:18)

“Life Force One”

Since: Jul 07

The Spiritual Universe

#10 Nov 27, 2008
Missionary Man wrote:
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Par five, why do you wish to begin a thread on speaking in tongues with a question that will obviously offend all who believe in speaking in tongues. Yes there are many many people who believe in speaking in tongues. It is estimated that of the approx. 2 billion Christians worldwide, 25% are of the Pentecostal/Charismatic faith. That means there are at a minimum a half billion people worldwide who believe in speaking in tongues and doesn't believe it is "a load of blarney".
I will answer your question even though I find the way you asked it to be offensive.
What exactly is "Speaking in tongues"?
Three dramatic signs accompanied the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost: a rushing mighty wind, tongues of fire and speaking with other tongues. The wind and fire were not repeated in Acts, but speaking with tongues continued to occur when people were filled with the Spirit. Praying in tongues has several purposes in the life of the Spirit-filled believer.
1. Confirmation. Speaking in tongues is the first outward sign of the Holy Spirit baptism. This is found in Acts 2:4 and also in Acts 10 and 19. Acts 10 is especially instructive, because Luke records that what convinced the Jewish believers that the Gentiles had received the gift of the Holy Spirit was that they heard them "speaking with tongues and exalting God." (Acts 10:46)
2. Adoration. Our finite minds are incapable of comprehending and our own language is inadequate to totally express our hearts' worship to God. Speaking in tongues, in what many refer to as a "prayer language," frees us to communicate to God the worship of our hearts that we could not express in our limited vocabulary. Having been a missionary and being able to worship in more than one understood language, I still run out of words. But when I pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit bears witness with mine that the worship of my heart that I could not adequately express has been communicated with the Spirit's help.(1 Corinthians 14:15-17)
3. Edification. Praying in the Spirit edifies — "builds up" — in two ways: It edifies the individual who prays in the Spirit, and if interpreted, it edifies the church. Paul stated that he spoke in tongues more than all of the Corinthians, yet he admonished them that in the church setting tongues should be interpreted so that all could be edified.(1 Corinthians 14:3-9) This does not restrict the private use of tongues for personal edification, because praying in tongues builds up the believer spiritually.
4. Intercession. "The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should." (Romans 8:26) When we pray in the Spirit, we are enabled to pray beyond our understanding, and God uses us to work His purposes in the lives of others through the ministry of intercession. Paul said, "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints." (Ephesians 6:18)
Thank you for sharing your primitive superstitions and myths.

Speaking in tongues is nothing more than some Christians spewing out meaningless words in church so that others will think they are "special". They do it to get attention and self aggrandize themselves.

“God Loves Ilks!”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#11 Nov 27, 2008
God already knows what is in our hearts, we don't even have to pray out loud.

1noteasilyfooled

“Fundie SMACKER..”

Since: Mar 08

Sunshine city, St Petersburg

#12 Nov 27, 2008
Nettiebelle wrote:
God already knows what is in our hearts, we don't even have to pray out loud.
Very true!
ScienceRules

Plainfield, VT

#13 Nov 27, 2008
Missionary Man wrote:
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Par five, why do you wish to begin a thread on speaking in tongues with a question that will obviously offend all who believe in speaking in tongues. Yes there are many many people who believe in speaking in tongues. It is estimated that of the approx. 2 billion Christians worldwide, 25% are of the Pentecostal/Charismatic faith. That means there are at a minimum a half billion people worldwide who believe in speaking in tongues and doesn't believe it is "a load of blarney".
Once again, ALL of the peer-reviewed science refutes speaking in tongues as anything other than odd, but explainable human behavior. It can be taught, it virtually always matches patterns of the speaker's native language, the emotional regions of the brain are active instead of the language centers, etc. It does not matter if the participants "BELIEVE; they can be proven to be simply blabbering nonsense.

Do you have ANYTHING to offer that isn't like shooting fish in a barrel?

1noteasilyfooled

“Fundie SMACKER..”

Since: Mar 08

Sunshine city, St Petersburg

#14 Nov 27, 2008
ScienceRules wrote:
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Once again, ALL of the peer-reviewed science refutes speaking in tongues as anything other than odd, but explainable human behavior. It can be taught, it virtually always matches patterns of the speaker's native language, the emotional regions of the brain are active instead of the language centers, etc. It does not matter if the participants "BELIEVE; they can be proven to be simply blabbering nonsense.
Do you have ANYTHING to offer that isn't like shooting fish in a barrel?
Ah C'mon SR! Shooting fish in a barrel is barrels of fun!
ScienceRules

Plainfield, VT

#17 Nov 28, 2008
1noteasilyfooled wrote:
<quoted text>Ah C'mon SR! Shooting fish in a barrel is barrels of fun!
True, and you may eat them afterward!

“Adam and Steve”

Since: Aug 08

Earth

#18 Nov 28, 2008
Speaking in tongues: a psychotic manifestation of delusional thinking.

Watch the documentary Jesus Camp, and see the 7-12 year old boys and girls being encouraged to babble nonsense in the name of the Lord.
Obama 08

Kahuku, HI

#19 Nov 28, 2008
Hello wrote:
Yes it is the overcoming of the Tower of Babel -- the scattering and destruction of humanity due to arrogance.
I can read in all different languages whereever God has appeared atleast in Hebrew, Pali and Sanskrit:
Yah - I am
Aham - I am
Now to me all these texts are my own...no matter what language.
You are so full of shit.
Hello

New York, NY

#20 Nov 29, 2008
Obama 08 wrote:
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You are so full of shit.
Only the dead are full of shit, not the living.

Your grave is awaiting the return of your corpse.

Since: Aug 07

Jeffersonville, IN

#21 Nov 29, 2008
Hello wrote:
Yes it is the overcoming of the Tower of Babel -- the scattering and destruction of humanity due to arrogance.
I can read in all different languages whereever God has appeared atleast in Hebrew, Pali and Sanskrit:
Yah - I am
Aham - I am
Now to me all these texts are my own...no matter what language.
you don't get out much do you?
Hello

New York, NY

#22 Nov 29, 2008
PROV1X81 wrote:
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you don't get out much do you?
I get out much and see the dead blocking the livings way.

Why do you come here, dead one...tired of your grave?

Halloween is over, go back.

“God Loves Ilks!”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#23 Nov 29, 2008
Hello wrote:
<quoted text>
I get out much and see the dead blocking the livings way.
Why do you come here, dead one...tired of your grave?
Halloween is over, go back.
Get help.

Hurry.
Hello

New York, NY

#24 Nov 29, 2008
Nettiebelle wrote:
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Get help.
Hurry.
said the corpse :)

Since: Aug 07

Jeffersonville, IN

#25 Nov 29, 2008
Hello wrote:
<quoted text>
I get out much and see the dead blocking the livings way.
Why do you come here, dead one...tired of your grave?
Halloween is over, go back.
lol,your comebacks suck kid,grow a brain.

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