The Case for Tongues
In 2017, while queueing to get onto the Temple Mount, I started talking to a pastor from the Bible Belt. We chatted about prophecy and various other things, until we ended up debating tongues. I said, "I speak in tongues", to which he replied with a chuckle, "No one speaks in tongues these days". When I told him that my wife speaks in tongues too, he started laughing. I soon realised that it was pointless to argue any further, and at that point we had anyway reached the Dome of the Rock. His implication that I was lying was remarkable though.
On another occasion, while praying moderately in tongues at the Western Wall, I sensed a few bewildered looks on people’s faces. I was standing some two metres from the barrier, when a Jewish woman suddenly shouted at me, "What is this? What are you doing? This is our place! Stop it!"
Despite (or because of) the amount of literature on the subject, there appears to be a lot of ignorance regarding tongues. Though this ignorance may partially be deliberate and thus harder to remedy, I would like to contribute to the discussion.
It’s not only about ignorance or misinformation though. I have hardly come across a subject which causes so much controversy, bigotry, and rejection as tongues. What is the reason for this?
In seeking to explain the animosity towards the Jewish state, Alan Dershowitz says in his impassioned book The Case for Israel:
"It became clear to me that darker forces were at play."