Speaking In Tongues -
Tongues (the word itself) is mentioned 34 times in the Bible. Mostly it is in reference to languages, actually always in languages. Now the funny part is that prophecy is spoken of in a good way. Try and do a prophecy today and you will be labeled evil and occult and indeed the occult seems to work hard in this area. But in tongues and speaking in tongues in not exactly what we should do and is frowned upon.
38But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
40Let all things be done decently and in order.
1 Corinthians 14:22
Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
1 Corinthians 14:5
I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? 7And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
Now what is funny to me is that aside from Paul who speaks of tongues being language, and that he can speak Angelic and man's language, nowhere else of the times tongues is mentioned is it mentioned that angels have a different language. Matter of fact, of the 34 times tongues is mentioned, 18 are from Paul's writings. All others refer to dialect and the way you speak. In other words, what you choose to say or the language you speak.
So what is tongues? Apparently it is a language you speak in most instances and in a few the words you choose. Perhaps this is the most mistranslated scripture in the Bible. It's not that the Bible is wrong, people are.
16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Now when you are born again, your choice of words will change as your thoughts change. You will speak differently as you now think differently. When one gets down to verse 18, again, it is misinterpreted. If one looks in the bible, evil is represented by serpents. One also has to remember on the laying of hands, God has allowed people to gain knowledge to help others, called medical trained personnel. I'm not saying that prayers are not the strongest medicine, but God has allowed knowledge to be attained. Now in all of this, God's will comes first. Sometimes His answer is no. I isn't even about to touch the drink something deadly, unless it would mean that when one is spiritually saved, physical life dies but the spirit will not. Certainly believing in God and accepting Jesus does not mean bad things won't happen. Look at what happened to the Disciples and Christians over the years.
Another scripture that gets mistranslated is this one. Note: Where are they and what type of tongues are they? Cloven Tongues. Cloven means split or divided. Most likely they were able to speak different languages so that those who were there could understand them.
3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
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