Was the "Tongues" spoken of in the Bible the same as they are today?
Many Churches teach that speaking in tongues is a manifestation of speaking to angels. However, in gthe Bible when the Holy Spirit came upon those gathered in the upper room, they spoke actual languages; foreign languages that caught the attention of peoples who heard their particular language being spoken in a starnge land and that was what attracted them along with the actual message which contained "good news". Why is it the church today promotes babbling etc and call it speaking to angels when the angels are with GOD and don't need ministering to?
The gift of speaking in tongues written in The Holy Bible is a gift given by God's Holy Spirit which enables humans to be able to speak in foreign languages and be able to also instantly translate what is spoken. It has nothing to do with the so called "Babbling" as you put it seen in churches today.
It has been said, but I don't know how true it is, that angels of heaven have a special language that they use when speaking with God, that only God Himself can understand. Whether this is true or not I have no idea, and whether man can speak it or not after receiving the Holy Spirit is questionable too.
I do know though, that I have the ability of singing, in tongues. I can perform musically song lyrics that I never before knew the translated meaning of and be able now to translate the song, at least to English.
in acts the holy spirit descended upon the 12 and they all spake with tongues, at the same time, Acts 2:4 "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the SPIRIT gave them utterance".
What a bunch of inaudible garble that must have been. 12 people all speaking at the same time. Put yourself in a room and try to listen to all the voices and you get a jumble of noise.
Acts 2:5 "And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of EVERY NATION under heaven".
Gods holy spirit interpreted the heavenly language of tongues because it was said
Acts 2:6 "....confounded, because that every man HEARD them speak in his own language".
Verses 9-11 tell of 16 different languages for only 12 men to speak.
Again the crowd was astonished
Acts 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Acts 2:8 "And how HEAR we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born"?
They marvelled at how each of the 12 knew so many languages fluently.
Acts 2:13 "Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine".
If they were speaking in fluent earthly languages how could it be said they are full of new wine? Wouldn't it be of more common sense to say "wow thats amazing how they speak in so many earthly dialects".
There must always be an interpreter to tongues and on this new event, the arrival of the holy ghost, GOD INTERPRETED, according to the biblical pattern set forth in the word of god.
Tongues is the spirit speaking, its not an earthly language at all. Tongues, exercises our faith and communicates what we do not know how to pray for. We have the spirit of god inside us is it so hard to imagine that it should also have a voice to our benefit?
This is the difference between pentecostalism and other denominations. To speak in tongues requires that one step out in faith and utter the not understood words and practice them. Paul sets out a pattern in 1 corinthians 12.
1 Corinthians 13:1 "Though I speak with the tongues of men AND OF ANGELS, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal".
I am a pentecostal and i speak in tongues. I will never be detered from believing otherwise. When i feel weak or spiritually tired the gift of tongues is an excellent edifier, and a weapon against temptations.
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tongues is a heavenly language spoken directly to God not to angels remember angels minister to us when sent by God. The bible says 'Jesus the same yesterday, today and forevermore' meaning they change not since it is a language given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, who is for ever present .so they are the same.
In the book of Acts those that heard the disciples could hear their own Languages, yes that was because God was speaking to every one for repentance and there was need for the people to hear. there are praying tongues which when one is sayin them there is no need for those around to hear because it will be a conversation directly to God. there are tongues of prophesy as well of which when said there must be some one with the gift of interpritation of tongues to interpret , note that gitf is given by God to anyone whom he pleases.
The first rule of Bible Study is to "take what the Word says literally".
There is no biblical reason to believe that the tongues of today are any different than the tongues of the Book of Acts.
Paul's reference to speaking with the tongues of men and tongues of angels did not infer that the angels were being ministered to by those who spoke in tongues any more than it inferred that men were being ministered to by those who spoke in tongues.
Men heard them speak in their own languages as a fulfillment of prophesy Joel 2:8 and as a witness to the fact of other tongues. Acts 2:5-13
When you pray in tongues you are praying to God not to men (or angels or devils)- but unto God. 1 Corinthians 14:2.
You may be using the tongues of men, but you are praying to God. Likewise, you may be using the tongues or languages of angels, but you are praying to God.
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The short answer is NO, it is not the same. Modern day speaking in tongues is not coming from God's angels as some claim.
I don't know a lot about this topic but I do know this: Speaking in tongues is from God, but you need to be skeptical because sometimes people think they are doing it just to do it. The main reason is to communicate to people. I have heard of a church where everyone was babbling praising God. Maybe that's how they worship, but if that's the case every Sunday, then I doubt it's real.
Also, a way to tell if people are speaking in tongues is if you hear patterns. If they aren't speaking in tongues, they will have no pattern or reason for their speaking. Languages are usually pretty complex and very organized.
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