Are tounges a mystery language known only by God or anther language?

rfields's picture

During the pentecost Peter is said to speak in anther tounge, could this just be the Greek language. Also in 1Corthinians where it is talking about spiritual gifts it says that if one is speaking in tounges in must be interperted or it is for nothing. If the spiritual gift is anther language can't anyone learn it and that is not a gift from God. Does anyone have some insight on the subject of tounges.

JeffLogan's picture

an example

I heard of a baptism once where the evangelist spoke in English but a Spanish speaking woman heard and understood in her tongue. In order to relate her story she needed a translator to speak to the preacher. But his preaching she heard in her native tongue. I believe this is a true gift since neither could communicate without God's intervention. And, I believe this is what happened at Pentecost.

When you read the account carefully the story follows exactly the experience I related, i.e. "how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?" (cf. Acts 2:8).

Acts 2

5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. -Proverbs 18:2 NIV