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- Jun 13, 2014
The book of Acts is a transition period in the early church. By the time most of the NT was written, most of the miraculous activity died out. In fact, the writer of Hebrews performed no miraculous deed, as indicated in 2:4, where he excludes himself from those who performed miracles. Furthermore, he indicates that those miracles were for validating the gospel message that the apostles were teaching, since they had no written documents of it at that time.
I suggest you do some more reading in the early church fathers. St. Augustine didn't agree with your view regarding the miraculous. See my research: St. Augustine: The leading Church Father who dared to change his mind about divine healing
If someone blows random notes on a trumpet (blows jibberish) then no knows what is going on causing mass confusion. Therefore what is blown MUST BE UNDERSTOOD so people know what is going on. Likewise a tongue must be spoken in a language the hearer CAN UNDERSTAND or it is meaningless jibberish to the hearer, the speaker is speaking to the air, no edification takes place.
I find your language about tongues as 'jibberish' to be offensive. If you read 1 Cor 14 (ESV) carefully, you would discover:
- '5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. 6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
- So Paul wants all of the Corinthians and by extension, all of us, to speak in tongues. That's Bible.
- While Paul wants all with the gift of tongues to use it, he would prefer if we used prophecy.
- There's another dimension in 1 Cor 14: 10-15 (ESV): '10 There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, 11 but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. 12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. 13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. 15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also'.
- Therefore, God has provided a way in the public meeting for tongues not to be 'jibberish'. Every exercise of the gift of tongues in the church or small group must be accompanied by the gift of interpretation.