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

I would like to clarify

Hey Rich,

Understanding a tongue/language and not recognizing it are two distinct things. For example, I can't understand French but I still recognize it as French.

Now I realize I am being a little hard-nosed, but I am no novice. I know of people who "babble" and call it baptism in the spirit when in reality no one knows what they are saying, not even the speaker. That is indeed an unrecognizable tongue because it is no tongue (not a language), it's non-sense. So I can't let you go down that path by allowing you to equate not being able to understand a language with something that is not a language (unrecognized). I fear if I allow you to build that bridge that we will cross over it and be unable to return.

So, to live by your by-line, let's pay attention to the plain meaning of the text and not substitute other words which carry a greater meaning than may have been originally intended by the author and which may allow a wrong impression to enter in.

Even now as I read the passages again I am impressed that perhaps Paul isn't even speaking of tongues in the sense of foreign language but rather he is admonishing them to speak with simple words, at a pace the audience can keep up with, and in distinct tones which are easily recognized.

Consider this example: Your professor stands up on the first day of class and pontificates on the subject at hand. Without prior exposure to the subject and at least a little understanding of the terms every student would be saying to themselves, "What did he say?" He may be speaking great truths but of what value will it be to his students? I am beginning to think that this is what Paul is stressing in this chapter--the need to speak so the audience can understand.

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