Friday, November 4, 2011

Speaking in Tongues Delusion

Why is it common that babbling nonsense is a miraculous gift of the Holy Spirit? The term "tongues" in the Bible just means a different cultural language. Tongues never means babbling nonsense that someone made up.

If the Holy Spirit gives people tongues today then surly He would give the gifts of miracles too.Where is raising people from the dead or healing a person with a terribly visible skin disease?

1 Corinthians 13:1 "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal."

1 Corinthians 13:1 is most likely hyperbole like in Galatians 1:8 "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed."

Paul is using hyperbole to emphasis that Apostles do not have the authority to change the Gospel and not even an angel has the authority to do so. Does Paul say: "There are angels from heaven preaching a different Gospel, don't listen to them."? No he doesn't!

In 1 Corinthians 13:1 Paul is most likely stressing his point by saying that if there was some superior lofty language of angels, it would not be of love to even speak that language when nobody understands it. On the other hand Paul could be emphasizing that the language of men is the same as that of angles. Which makes since, because angles can most likely speak any language known to men. Making any other conclusion than these is grasping at straws to add something to God's Word.

There is no evidence whatsoever in the Bible that angles from heaven have some special audible language that is given to people by the Holy Spirit. Those that embrace that one single verse in 1 Corinthians and have turned it into something more than what it really is, have done so because of traditional false teachings. Sadly, those that have convinced themselves they can speak in "tongues of angels" by babbling nonsense are spiritually corrupted.

The only examples of men actually speaking in "tongues" is in the book of Acts. In these cases there were two types of manifestations: One was that a person was speaking in his own language, but many people of different languages could understand them in their own native language. The second is people were simply speaking a different language, that they did not know, as if it was natural to them. There is no mention of babbling nonsense or speaking in some unintelligible language of angels in the book of Acts.

Now if one holds to modern day "tongues", they must also hold to all of 1 Corinthians 12:27 "Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues."

If you believe in modern day Apostles, Prophets and disciples that can perform miracles, where are the miracles? A miracle is an event that violates the physical laws of nature. Babbling nonsense is no miracle because anyone can babble nonsense. Claiming someone survived cancer, after you laid hands on them, is no miracle because even atheists survive cancer. Pulling someone up out of a wheelchair, so they can stand and hobble a few steps, is no miracle because even an atheist physical therapist is capable of inspiring a person to do that. Laying hands on someone that has a spot on their lungs from an x-ray and then later, they have an x-ray again that shows the spot gone, most likely means there was a smudge on the first x-ray. It was no miracle!

Resurrect someone that has been dead for a few days! Heal someone with legs that have atrophied! Heal someone with a crushed hand! Those are unmistakable miracles!

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