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  1. Was wondering what speaking in tongues is. The other day I thought that i heard someone doing it...was quite freaky.
    Could someone pls enlighten me re why some people do this.
    Ziggy.
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  3. by   H ynnoD
    It happens when a person is so filled with the Holy Spirit,He speaks in a languauge other then his own.I don't exactly understand it myself,has'nt ever Happened to Me and I've never seen it before.Acts Chapter 2, When the day of Pentecost had come,they were all together in one place.And suddenly there came from Heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind,and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves,and they rested on each one of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    (god morning! a typo but appropriate for the thread i thought i would bring this thread to the top for any christian nurses who want to say hi/connect/chit chat. it's not a place for religious debate but rather for mutual support - keep it light please (pun intended )

    my original post follows but first: please note the date of this thread and keep this in mind when responding to anything you read here. some members may not even be active with allnurses anymore - but feel free to participate on more current postings! would love to meet you!)

    originally posted by donny h
    it happens when a person is so filled with the holy spirit,he speaks in a languauge other then his own.
    hey donny, glad you answered that! i also have never experienced it, but i do believe i have witnessed it in a very few people.

    some people have told me that unless you do speak in tongues you were never baptised in the holy spirit. they say it is the evidence of this. i don't agree, i think the fruits (change in behavior and personality) are evidence also. what do you think?
    Last edit by Liddle Noodnik on Apr 10, '08
  5. by   Jay-Jay
    Originally posted by ziggyRn
    Was wondering what speaking in tongues is. The other day I thought that i heard someone doing it...was quite freaky.
    Could someone pls enlighten me re why some people do this.
    Ziggy.
    For more insight into this than I could possibly give you, I recommend They Speak With Other Tongues by John Sherrill, or Nine O'Clock on the Morning, and The Holy Spirit and You by Dennis Bennett.

    I was raised Anglican, and in that church, you are supposed to receive the Holy Spirit when the Bishop lays hands on you at Confirmation. Needless to say this is NOT usually accompanied by the confirmee beginning to speak in tongues! Other churches, most notably the Pentecostal, will tell you that you don't have the Holy Spirit UNLESS you speak in tongues.

    The purpose of tongues, according to Scripture is twofold. First it is to 'edify' the believer. It's regarded as your own personal prayer language, in which you say the things that you couldn't put into words on your own.

    Second, a 'word' in tongues is sometimes given publically. If this happens, it has to be interpreted by someone (don't have time to look up scripture reference, but I believe it's in Acts). Sometimes the word will be in a recognizable language. I heard of one case where a non-believer came into a charismatic meeting for the sole purpose of disrupting the meeting. Someone stood up and rebuked him in tongues, and it turned out they were speaking a language he understood (don't recall just what it was), and actually addressed him by name. He became a believer pretty quickly, as the person who spoke had never laid eyes on him before, and had NO IDEA what they were saying. They just knew by the stricken look on his face that whatever they'd said had hit home!

    Studies done on tongues show that, although the 'tongue' may not be a recognizable language, it does have a definite grammar and syntax, and is not 'just babbling'. There are thousands of languages and dialects around the world, and in any of the studies done that I am aware of, only a small percentage of the world's languages have been known and understood by those doing the study. And according to scripture, the angels have their own language(s) too... "Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have not love...." So, maybe tongues truly are a heavenly language!
  6. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by Jay-Jay
    For more insight into this than I could possibly give you ...
    Wow, I think you have quite a BIT of insight!

    One thing that happened at that church, there were a few who I thought really COULD speak in tongues. When they spoke I didn't understand the words yet I understood what they said, if that makes sense.

    There were people who didn't seem to honestly have that gift, I remember one couple, when they spoke, and looked into their eyes, it seemed EVIL! It was almost just some echolalia (sp) that they were making up.
  7. by   eltrip
    From what I recall, scripture requires (I Corinthians 14, esp. verses 27 & 28) that an interpreter be present before tongues may be spoken aloud. Otherwise, the brother or sister is to remain quiet & pray to G-d in this language.

    From my childhood experiences of watching my mother's involvement with the "Charismatic movement" (as it was called in the 70's), I do not have a ready trust of outward "shows" of spiritual gifts unless they are being used to edify or help another. I guess my idea is like the example of the Pharisee praying aloud on the street corner...he's already gotten his reward by praying aloud in public.

    I also know what you mean, Zoeboboey, about looking into the eyes of some & seeing evil. My parents asked me to attend a church with them as a teenager. I took one look at the preacher & knew that he wasn't "of the Lord," but rather, was in it for the money. I didn't say anything to my parents, as they would've considered it to be just a bad attitude. Two months later, my suspicions were confirmed & my parents left shortly thereafter.

    I know that our Lord moves & works in His ways & His time...people however, are another story.
  8. by   Liddle Noodnik
    I think it's Barbara Walters who is quoted as saying, "Trust your gut." Intuition, Holy Spirit, whatever, it is usually right!

    Wish I had been as discerning with MEN, LOL! But God sent me a good 'un this time!
  9. by   eltrip
    Amen to that! Whenever I haven't trusted my "gut," I've gotten myself into a world of trouble.
  10. by   H ynnoD
    The Holy Spirit affects each and everyone in different Ways.I cried tears of Joy!Some more of Acts to answer some replies Here.Acts Chapter 2,starting verse 6.And when this sound occurred,the crowd came together and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own Language.They were amazed and astonished,saying"Why,are not all these who are speaking Galileans?""And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?" I think they were able to speak in tongues to help spread the message to others who did'nt speak their language.Good Morning All!May You All Be Greatly Blessed Through Out The Day!
  11. by   eltrip
    I've been thinking about Caroladybelle's thoughts on unsolicited proselytizing. I can relate to it. I recieve unsolicited proselytizing & challenging of my faith by people of differing beliefs or denominations frequently.

    There are some folks who'll come doorknocking to sell you info that essentially tells the reader that unless you're a member of THIS denomination, you won't spend eternity w/ G-d. then there's the folks who'll tell you the same thing to your face - for free - and actually believe it.

    Then there's the family members of whatever persuasion who converted to Christianity, didn't find what they needed (or whatever else caused an issue) & returned to their originial belief system & proceed to tell you that your system is wrong.

    I guess, for me, the question boils down to is it proselytizing to share your beliefs with someone (i.e., saying to someone of a differing faith "I believe the Lord is working through you because of...") or is it simply sharing a part of yourself that helps you to deal with this life?

    I've had the opportunity to share bits of what I believe with various & sundry people. Had a great discussion with my Microbiology professor (years ago), who happens to be of the Muslim faith. We found shared beliefs & mutual respect. Same thing with my uncle...we discussed the differences between Christianity & Judiasm with him questioning us on how we (my brother & I) practice our faith as Christians. He shares his faith with us frequently. I find it helpful, but hey, that's me.

    IMHO, I think it is vital to show respect to all. If someone says or writes something that seems to not show respect, I try to "speak the truth in love." After all, someone else's behavior doesn't dictate my response, right?

    Just the unsolicited opinions of this gal who's still learning to speak with braces in her mouth
  12. by   H ynnoD
    To answer with what I believe and why, would Most likely cause a big argument on this thread and would not serve Gods purpose.It does'nt matter what denomination you belong to that decides weather you go to heaven.It matters whats in your Heart.If anyone would like to know exactly what I believe they can PM me.God Bless You All, May You Have A Great Day!
  13. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by eltrip
    I guess, for me, the question boils down to is it proselytizing to share your beliefs with someone (i.e., saying to someone of a differing faith "I believe the Lord is working through you because of...") or is it simply sharing a part of yourself that helps you to deal with this life?
    This is very good, thanks! As a former non Christian I was sensitive to ANY sentence that had the word "Jesus" in it, and I got angry and I felt disturbed. Some of that was justified, the haughtiness and self righteousness of some people, UGH, if that is Christian who wants it!

    But those who were not there to "save" me but only to love me, they are the ones who got me.

    I was also disturbed because I feared they were telling the truth. While instilling fear is not an effective ministry tool, LOL, there is something to be said for asking God to show you the truth. In my own life those ways of showing me are kinda funny, and definitely made me think and feel.
  14. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by Donny H
    To answer with what I believe and why, would Most likely cause a big argument on this thread and would not serve Gods purpose.... If anyone would like to know exactly what I believe they can PM me.
    Thanks Donny, well done my good and faithful servant, LOL!

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