Speaking in Tongues: Real or Fake?
Glossolalia or speaking in tongues is practiced by an estimated 100 million Christians in the world today and the number engaging in this practice is growing at a massive rate every year. That is approximately 20% of all Christians. What many people are wanting to know is if speaking in tongues as seen in the Church today is always from God or are there other explanations. Speaking in tongues has been practiced for many centuries, but despite its long history, differences of opinion accompany almost all questions regarding the phenomenon: is it sent from God? Is it of the Devil? Need it be a religious experience at all? Or is it a result of a mental disorder? People from all different walks of
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Plato’s thoughts on speaking in tongues are similar to what Glossolalia speaking Christians are. In Acts chapter 2, Apostle Paul writes “On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other tongues, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” Most Christians who speak in tongues believe that it is a perfect language that comes from heaven. Brown explains it as follows, “Tongues is the heavenly language. It is what is spoken in heaven; the only difference is that the people in heaven understand what they are saying.” Having attended a Pentecostal church myself for over a year, the congregation made it very clear to me that in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit, one must show physical proof; speaking in tongues. It was once explained to me that in order to receive this “gift from God”, I start out by simply praising God and thanking Him for all he has done for me. After my praise offering, I was to ask for the ability to speak in tongues. I was told I would feel my lips begin to