Hey there, I’m eager to know what non-Pentecostals think about speaking in tongues. Whether it’s really from the Holy Spirit or from somewhere else or completely made up. I’m open to all opinions. I’ve already heard a lot of the years, from tongues being said to come from the Devil, to a colloquial term for ‘gibberish’ to being completely made up. I’ve seen research conducted by scientists who were curious about what happens in the brains when people speak in tongues, which was very interesting.
I myself speak in tongues and I’ve been doing that since I was around 15-16. I may have been prayed over by a televangelist to speak in tongues, but when it was unsuccessful I was so upset that I prayed for three days for hours until it happened.
To me it is a very peaceful and meditative form of worshipping God. By speaking in tongues in my apartment and not wanting the neighbours to hear I realised you can’t speak tongues in your head, it has to be verbalised, even if quietly. It starts off by making a sound, and moving your tongue around, then a few untranslatable words are uttered. They increase and get faster and faster, as though you have been practicing them for years. You have no control over them. I’ve even been fortunate enough to have my prayers answered to get a few of the words translated to me in English. I promised I would not share the translation as that’s between me and God, and not so I can be featured in some news program and have the spotlight put on me instead of God who gave it to me. Even if I could prove without a doubt that tongues is really from God. But what I can say that it’s basically praise to God, repeated multiple times. It usually starts off as singing in tongues, and slowly a few words will be revealed to me, and then more and more, and soon enough I can sing it in English.
It’s alright if you don’t believe me. I just thought I’d share my experience.
Pentecostals can respond too. I could use the support.
Acts 2 “ 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 languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4 NLT