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In Acts chapter 2 we read how the apostles all spoke in other tongues and everyone hearing could understand in their own language. These were known languages. Where do we find the record of the heavenly language that tongue speakers talk about?

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 ---Paulette on 9/27/05
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If you speak in tongues, pray that God will give you interpretation. Give a word in tongues, be prepared to interpret. If you cannot, remain quiet. Ever observed someone give an unknown tongue and everyone is in uncomfortable silence because no interpreter is present.
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.

---Michelle on 10/7/07

1 Corinthians 14:2, "For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries."
---Bruce5656 on 4/7/07

Likely the reason they talk about tongues so much is that they believe that tongues is the initial physical evidence that one has been Baptized in the Holy Spirit. NOT salvation but the subsequent baptism in the Holy Spirit as on the day of Pentecost. They may also believe the the baptism in the Holy Spirit opens the door to the other gifts in their life. Just a guess.
---Bruce5656 on 10/4/05

Bruce I can what you mean but I can assure you that I have an lot of friends and relatives who attend various charismatic churches. I sometimes attend myself with friends and they are all very vocal about tongues, either letting me know they can speak in tongues or, if they cannot, that they constantly ask God for this gift and cannot understand why He hasn't given it to them yet. NEVER have I heard anyone talk about prophesy this way. Tongues seems to be what everyone desires and strives for.
---Paulette on 10/4/05

One of the problems Paul addressed in the Corinthian church was that those who had received the various gifts of the Spirit were acting as if they were superior to the others. Plus there was a divisive spirit amongst them that had been very damaging. Paul was more interested that they exercise gifts that would edify and unify the body than those that would edify the individual.

Hence, his statement that he would rather they prophesy. This is not to
---Bruce5656 on 10/4/05

devalue any other gift tongues included.

As to why there are not more seeking the gift of prophecy? How do we know that? It is not like you have to make it public that you are. From a practical point of view, prophecy takes much more faith. When you are speaking, declaring, in your own language, people can/will/should judge what you say. You had best be PART THREE:
sure that you are exercising the gift of prophecy and not giving
---Bruce5656 on 10/4/05

expression to your own thoughts. This is very scary, intimidating even, and requires a lot of faith!

Paul did say, 1 Corinthians 12:31, "But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way." What are the best gifts? We are left to decide for our selves but I think Paul would say that they are the ones that yield unity in the body. The next chapter (13) , the better way certainly bears that out.
---Bruce5656 on 10/4/05

Bruce 'I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied:' This has always confused me because all the people I know who attend charismatic churches (and I know quite a lot) earnestly seek the gift of tongues but I know of no-one at all who earnestly seeks the gift of prophecy, and I know very few indeed who have the gift of prophecy. Why would you say this is?
---Paulette on 9/30/05

1st cliff,
It is usefull when used as intended, with interpertation for the edification of the body or privatly for edifying one's self.

Why would God give us a "useless" gift?
1 Cor. 14:4-5, "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 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
---Bruce5656 on 9/30/05

church may receive edifying."
1 Corinthians 14:18, "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:"
Evidently, Paul did not share your point of view.
---Bruce5656 on 9/30/05

I have recently listened to two Koreon(sp?)kids speak to eack other in their native tongue and it sounded alot like jibberish.....most languages that are not familar sound like jibberish.......who can judge unless they know ALL tongues(languages) Just my two cents!!
---co_ach on 9/28/05

How usefull is it when even Paul says (1cor.14) vs.9"Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue,how will anyone know what you are saying? you will just be speaking into the air" ..vs 18 "I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue"
---1st_cliff on 9/28/05

How do you reconcile that opinion with scripture? I Cor 14:2
---Bruce5656 on 9/28/05

Ann & Bruce are correct. Glossalalia is the heavenly language which we speak in heaven, it does not come from earth, it is a gift from God.
---Eloy on 9/28/05

Bruce, I just love how you stick in there. You have given more than enough relevant Scripture pertaining to this question that has been asked in so many different ways...and you do so in the spirit of Christ. Isn't it wonderful to know that it isn't up to us to convince but to simply put the information out there and let the Holy Ghost reveal the Christ?
---Linda_Smith on 9/28/05

The only heavenly language I know is when I pray in english. An unknown tongue is another language from other countries. That is proven from the record of penticost. If a frenchman came to your church and started talking french, no one would understand what he was saying. On the day of penticost, God let them understand each others language.
---shira_5965 on 9/28/05

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1 Corinth.13:1- "Though I speak in the tongues of men AND OF ANGELS..." These are the 2 different types of tongues- the first is the bring the word to people who need to hear it in another human language, and the 2nd is between you & God- a real prayer language.
---Ann5758 on 9/27/05

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