posted on Mar, 6 2004 @ 08:22 AM
Yes Valhall, right on. We seem to be in agreement. The important thing to realize is their was a relevant purpose for the gift of speaking tongues.
Since it happened when the church was in its infancy, it was like a needed boost to witness to all these nations, to get off to a good start and to
spread effectively. But the fact that the Spirit spoke through them in this way has nothing to do with how good of a christian you are. Again, God
is not wasteful or foolish. He doesn't beat around the bush. A message of importance would be shared by Him by direct means. Why would He want His
christians to appear foolish, even if it WERE really the Spirit talking through them. No, there is no need for it.
Now, because christianity is widespread, there is little need for the Spirit to aid us in this way, because anywhere that needs to still hear the
gospel, there are almost always people who already know the languages just because, again, there are many christians around the world from many
cultures and languages already.
Really, this issue isn't really too important, because speaking in tongues is not the central part of the religion by any means, nor is it even
crucial. I just think that christians who believe in it or do it are getting worked up and focus on this unnecessarily. They put too much emphasis
on it, and distract from the important and crucial parts. In this way I think it's more negative.
As far as acting possessed, well.....honestly it COULD be that. However, only you have seen these people and I'm not gonna say for sure that they
are. Just be aware that it's a possibility, but I warn you that you should be careful about coming to a conclusion like that. I don't want to say
much just because I have no idea since I wasn't there. But yeah, demons and the forces of satan are capable of possessing people. They will
demonstrate powers and miraculous things, but they can only because they have higher powers than humans, not because they are benevolent. They do so
to confuse people into thinking that because these amazing things have happened, it must be from God. And in a way, they can gain influence and
trust. They do this simply to confuse, mislead and decieve anyone they can.