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Hannah Hatfield Mr. Newell English 101-066 12 November 2009 What Language Am I Speaking Now? After becoming a Christian every person is granted a spiritual gift through the Holy Spirit. It is in these gifts one’s talents and abilities inside and out of the church are magnified tenfold to be used for the glory of God. Although some would deny the actuality of the spiritual gifts all together most would agree the existence of such gifts as wisdom, teaching, leading or compassion. However it is with the more controversial gifts that most evangelical Christians have suspicions towards, such as prophecy, the discerning of spirits and the working of miracles. However it is the gift of tongues which is the cause for most arguments…show more content…
Although Paul alludes to “groaning” being a type of prayer language or a version of tongues there is another form of glossolalia that is being practiced throughout the Pentecostal churches. To some the gift of tongues may be a considered a private prayer language set between one individual and God however to others it is meant for the whole congregation to hear. The second theory of the tongues is that of made up syllables also thought to be an ancient language used only by the angels. This theory comes from 1 Corinthians 14:2 “For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit” that the gift of tongues is not in inaudible groaning, but rather a non-understandable language given to the individual who is in possession of the gift. Again in 1 Corinthians 14:9 Paul talks about a language unknown to man. It is in this theory that Richard A. Hutch states in “The Personal Ritual of Glossolalia” that “[i]n spite of the possibility that such phrasing (e.g., “aish, nay, gum, tayo…”) may be a routine and inherited verbal formula derived or fabricated on the spot from the subject’s social and cultural circumstances, a distinct kind of psychological analysis holds sway”(257). This type of thinking tend to give a link to the psychology department arguing that tongues are a merely

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