I was browsing the forums and came across some conflicting responses. Thanks for your time in reading my post; I would appreciate any help!
I was reading How do Pentecostals and Catholics differ? and JonathonofOhio responded with the following:
[quote=JonathanofOhio]A Pentecostal believer in a spiritual experience may vocalize fluent, unintelligible utterances (glossolalia) or articulate an alleged natural language previously unknown to them. Catholics do not do this, and we believe what is clearly explained in the bible about speaking in tongues. We understand it to be the process by which someone speaks and everyone listening can understand them regardless of what language they speak. This is clearly demonstrated in the Acts of the Apostles and there is no such thing as anyone speaking unintelligible utterances. Speaking in tongues also relates to wisdom.
The classification as “unintelligible utterances” didn’t seem right at first, which is why I posted this. Romans 8:26 says that “the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” In this case, the words used are cannot be uttered, which has two definitions:
*]the verb-form means “cannot be given forth with the voice”
*]the adjective-form (unutterable/unspeakable) means “too inexplicable for words”
Personally, I tend to lean toward the second form. If someone stubs their toe, usually what comes out are groanings as “gosh, that smarts” doesn’t always express the pain properly.
I wouldn’t say they were unintelligible as God understands what our hearts speak via the Spirit. Technically, they are unintelligible utterances by dictionary definition, but not to God. To me, it makes sense that the Spirit would posses our tongue to express in the heart what a worded prayer could not; hence, the word “groanings.” Therefore, how could others understand the groanings of the heart? I thought only God was privy to that information.
Also, the above poster said that this gift of God through the Spirit invokes a universal understanding, which was clearly demonstrated in Acts. I found the scripture he was referring to, but what about in 1 Cor 14:2, where it says, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him (as in unintelligible utterances); howbeit in the Spirit he speaketh mysteries.” It’s all a mystery to others, but not to God or the Tongue that speaks to Him through the Spirit. So, perhaps the event of the Spirit tongues at the Pentecost was a special case?
Also, JohnatonofOhio’s post conflicts with the response to a similar thread I found on another site: What are the official Church teachings on Charismatic issues and the charismatic gifts?
[quote=John DiMascio][Montanism] basically did all it could to squash the phenomenal gifts, which often times accompanied the Sacrament of Confirmation. When the confirmed would start speaking in tongues, the bishop would let him go on for a few seconds and then slap him. Centuries later, this slap was attributed to the willingness of the confirmed to suffer for Christ.
For centuries the Church down played these gifts but they’ve always been with us. Throughout the ages, we hear stories of various saints praying ecstatically.
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Tongues and prophecy are very common gifts. Tongues is simply a form of prayer; it is not a known language. That is not the proper translation of the Greek word Glosolia.
It means utterance. The Greek word for languages is Dialectos where we get the word dialect.