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Originally posted by dreadphil
When I was very young, I used to go to church with my grandmother. During some of the more raucous services they had, there would be 2-3 people who would hold their hands to the sky and begin speaking in what my grandmother called "the Toungues"...She had also explained to me that it was a gift from god and that god can give one of two gifts to special people...the gift to speak the tongues and the gift to understand the toungues. After my grandmother passed away and life caried me down long and dark roads bereft of religion. I finally started going to my sisters church. I had actually forgotten about people speaking in :The Tongues: till my first time to my sisters church...during a sermon, the Pastor, having worked himself and the congregation into a religious fervor, began speaking it. I felt goosebumps raise on me and a in-describable feeling over came me. the memory nearly overwhelmed me and I felt tears rolling down my face, At that point I felt as if I had drank the freshest water ever in the world and that I had not realized how thirsty for it I was.
So..the point of this thread is........Does anyone on ATS ave the ability to either speak or understand the toungues? also does anyone also get such a feeling as I did when I heard it from my new Pastor?
And most importantly do YOU belive in The Tongues?
My understanding of speaking in tongues from a biblical standpoint has little to do with what we tend to see in some of these churches today.
If you look at the biblical accounts of speaking in tongues, the general details were that early christian believers who did not know these languages ahead of time began speaking in other languages of men when non-believing jews of other nationality were present, as a witness to these men in their own language. At no point did it devolve into indecypherable gibberish or otherwise occur (according to the accounts) when there were not jews of other nationality around to hear.
Originally posted by Artorius
reply to post by IlluminatusOculus33
When I've spoke in tongues its usually to myself. Iv'e heard people just go off and start babbling and like Paul said, its pointless for the benefit of the listeners. From the speakers perspective, it fills you with joy and strength (at least in my experiences) so its not pointless to them. I've also heard people speak it then decipher an awesome word straight from God. Sometimes it is genuinely uncontrollable when the Holy Spirit's presence is strong then again, some people want attention so you must use wisdom.edit on 1-9-2011 by Artorius because: (no reason given)