Last week's homily in our church was based on a Bible passage that refers to speaking in tongues. I know that some denominations claim to have followers who speak in tongues. What does that mean? Is it authentic or affected? What does it signify?
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Thanks very much for answering, but it raises more questions: Is it an actual language? Does one person speaking in tongues understand another? Is it developed or natural? Why does it seem to occur only in certain sects or denominations?
It is an actual language but not some people have the gifts of tongues w/O having the gift of translating them and some of the gift of translation. So some can translate what is being said. it is not developed, it is natural, it just flows. It doesn'
I have heard that people have spoken in the tongue of Hebrew who have never studied Hebrew.
This is the first time I have found the need to go back and reread a string of comments. I find this discussion exciting and I even think that I am beginning to get a grasp of it.
Hi Civil War Bob, I agree with you for the most part Corinthians and the book of Acts explain the gifts of tongues very well. Although I have been in settings where ppl's tongues were interpreted. I myself, speak in tongues but only in private.
Really? I have never heard a clergyman address the issue.
Do you attend a Christian church?
I do. Regularly. I am a longtime usher and the children are altar servers. Note that my original question stemmed from a homily last weekend.
I didn't go back and read the original question after my initial post. Over the years I have heard this subject addressed several times and I am not a frequent churchgoer. I have also read various experts ideas on the subject. I wonder what denominat