Skip to comments.Medical study proves validity of speaking in tongues
Posted on 08/02/2019 7:04:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
In 2008, the University of Pennsylvania released findings from a medical study proving that the practice of speaking in tongues is sourced by the Holy Spirit. In the study, participants brain activity was monitored while they spoke in tongues, giving the medical researchers scientific insight into the parts of the brain active while speaking in these heavenly tonguesand the results were astounding.
Much of the study is outlined in the below piece by ABC News, findings that are well worth the watch.
Speaking in tongues, as ABC News accurately states, is an ancient practice mentioned in the Bible. [Apostle] Paul called it speaking in the tongues of angels. Jesus Apostles were first said to do it at Pentecost.
It is this spiritual phenomenon that Dr. Andrew Newberg, while at the University of Pennsylvania, set out to find an explanation for what most regard as unexplainable. While trying to discover the relationship between faith and science, his study quickly ascertained that speaking in tongues is absolutely not regular language. Newberg states to ABC News: Its not languageits not regular language at least that would normally activate the frontal lobe [of the brain].
So what did Newbergs medical study show happens to the brain during ones deepest moments of faith then?
Newberg shares the heart of his study: If were really going to look at this very very powerful force in human history of religion and spirituality, I think we really have to take a look at how that affects our brain, whats changing or turning on or turning off in our brain during those extremely deep and powerful moments of faith.
And remarkably he discovered that whats happening to [the test subjects when they pray in tongues] neurologically looks a lot like what they say is happening to them spiritually.
When test subjects prayed in their native language, their brain activity indicated normal behavior for speech in the frontal lobe. However, when the same test subjects prayed in tongues their brain activity showed something extremely different. [The test subjects] scan showed that the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that controls language, was active when he prayed in English. But for the most part, it fell quiet when he prayed in tongues.
Dr. Newberg confirmed this finding saying, When they are actually engaged in this whole very intense spiritual practice for them, their frontal lobes tend to go down in activity, but I think its very consistent with the kind of experience that they have because they say that they are not in chargeits the voice of God, the Spirit of God thats moving through them.
The study found many other fascinating findings that affirm that speaking in tongues is truly a spiritual gift and not a mental practice. We encourage you to watch the full ABC News piece to learn more.
It’s a real shock that in order to babel incoherently one must first shut down the brain.
Or Demon Possession? One would be wrong to automatically assume that altered brain activity is a sign of angel involvement or God.
Democrats speak in tongues. Forked tongues.
I suppose this would be akin to finding a hidden gear in your autos transmission that was inter dimensional Nirvana. Somehow, I just cant see it. YMMV.
The “Speaking in tongues” in Acts 2 by the Apostles of Jesus is VERY DIFFERENT from the babbling in tongues I hear from many churches today.
The apostles spoke in a KNOWN EARTHLY language they never learned before. For instance, if I don’t know Urdu, and I can suddenly speak it, THAT is the kind of miracle that was manifested in Acts 2.
What those who “speak in tongues” today tell me is that they are speaking in some unknown “heavenly” language.
The Speaking in tongues in Acts 2 by the Apostles of Jesus is VERY DIFFERENT from the babbling in tongues I hear from many churches today.
The apostles spoke in a KNOWN EARTHLY language they never learned before. For instance, if I dont know Urdu, and I can suddenly speak it, THAT is the kind of miracle that was manifested in Acts 2.
What those who speak in tongues today tell me is that they are speaking in some unknown heavenly language.
I 100% agree with you.
You’re just trying to inject some Scripture and logic in this thread. We had some science proving chaotic behavior makes us/our religion better some how. Watch it!
“What those who speak in tongues today tell me is that they are speaking in some unknown heavenly language.”
Yes, and you would think that since there is only one heaven, they would only need one language, but all of the people speaking in tongues have their own personal babble.
Yeah, we can totally trust ABC when they say something that flatters us. They only lie all of the rest of the time.
When I was in college in Los Angeles.....decades ago.....I heard the story of what happened in the campus chapel (at Loyola Marymount University).
A student started speaking in tongues in front of everyone.
After the mass, an elderly couple approached the student.
They had come to America when they were young, and they told the student that he was speaking an obscure dialect spoken in only a remote area of Russia. They student had never been there. I wish someone had asked the couple to translate the speaking into English.
In a religion class I took as an elective, a male student was speaking in tongues one day. Of course I didn’t understand what he was saying, but it was unusual to say the least.
The gift of tongues is not discussed in Acts 2, but I Corinthians 14, though I suspect you already know that :-)
1 Corinthians 13:1 1If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
Methinks the Apostle Paul doesn’t quite agree with you there.
Tongue is just another word for language. Whenever the Bible speaks of tongues, it is speaking of KNOWN LANGUAGES. Some greek speaking folks used to get up in early church meetings and start speaking Hebrew (they had studied the scriptures) and it didnt make any sense to the congregation. That is why Paul said someone should interpret that language - so that folks can say amen to it! The modern day charismania babble is not speaking in a language - its just infantile gobbly gook! Its insanity run amock!
Some good examples of people waking from comas speaking a foreign language they didnt know.
My English speaking mother after coma could only speak and write German. While German had been spoken in the house when she was young she never learned to read or write It.
Turns out this is not uncommon
Here is an article of an Australian kid who after coma was fluent in Mandarin.
RE: If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels,
Where did he disagree with me?
a male student was speaking in tongues one day. Of course
I didnt understand what he was saying
Sometimes someone else will respond with an interpretation.
Timely thread. I just finished watching the last of all One Step Beyond videos available on youtube!
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