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.
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!