Not only did the teacher show favoritism towards particular students (not me!), but he mumbled a lot! I would focus on what was in the text in order to keep up with the class. I would pay extra close attention to his body language and facial expression in the hopes of catching a glimpse of comprehension. All that did was make him more loud and annoying to me! In the stream of nonsense babble, I would find myself fazing in and out of conscience wakefulness, bored to tears and frustrated beyond belief. I did seek outside help, and eventually passed the class with a low grade in light of the fact I was an "A/B" student. With my personal experience, I can truly relate to the 14th chapter of 1 Corinthians, in particular verse 11--"Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me"
Communication is essential in edification, in the light that there must be understanding as a result. Paul is exhorting the Corinthians on speaking in an unknown tongue in this chapter.
"Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?" -- verses 13-16
What does it mean to speak in tongues? I do believe today's understanding of tongues and the biblical reference to tongues are two very different things. If Paul is admonishing the Corinthians to have an interpreter of an unknown tongue (verse 27) It would make sense that there is understanding with a known tongue. In other words, tongues used in this chapter is a spoken language of a specific group of people. (Author's note: Pay special attention to how Paul differentiates between tongues and unknown tongues). Acts 2: 4-8 supports this understanding. Additionally, in verse 10, Paul states that there are "so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them are without signification".
Paul writes to Corinthians explaining what seems to him basic common sense; there is no edification without interpretation. "Be not children in your understanding" he says to them (verse 20). In the end, God is NOT the author of confusion (verse 33) I would imagine He would want us to communicate in a way that is clear and understood by all who would hear him, ultimately bringing Glory to His name. Before Christ's ascension, He promised an invaluable resource, in our effort to carry out His commands:
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, unto the uttermost part of the earth." -- Acts 1:8That's exactly what happened in Acts 2:1-4. They became equipped to carry out the commission of Christ. Today, there are hundreds of languages in which we have interpretation. So I wonder what's the whole point of "speaking in (unknown) tongues" today? What does it profit? How is the Body of Christ edified? As a hard-of-hearing believer, it is complete non sensible confusion. If that is so in my case, how much nonsense does it make to a hearing unbeliever? Even more, hearing-impaired unbeliever??
To read the entire chapter of click here: 1 Corinthians 14.