Readers of this site will probably be interested in this article which reports on a neuroscientific study of speaking in tongues, a study which affirms the positive and accurate reports of those who have been filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania took brain images of five women while they spoke in tongues and found that their frontal lobes — the thinking, willful part of the brain through which people control what they do — were relatively quiet, as were the language centers. The regions involved in maintaining self-consciousness were active.
The Times report that the women in the study were regular in their church attendance and were healthy, active people. Appearing in the prestigious journal Psychiatry Research, the images are the first of their kind taken during this spoken religious practice, which has roots in the Old and New Testaments…
”The amazing thing was how the images supported people’s interpretation of what was happening,” said Dr. Andrew B. New-berg, leader of the study team, which included Donna Morgan, Nancy Wintering and Mark Waldman. ”The way they describe it, and what they believe, is that God is talking through them,” he said.
Very interesting also was the report of a recent study of nearly 1,000 evangelical Christians in England in which it was found that those who engaged in speaking in tongues were more emotionally stable than those who did not.
While it certainly does not require medical and/or neuroscientific attestation for Apostolic Pentecostal people to believe their experience is authentic, it is fascinating to read such a study.
Does the report of this experience resonate with you? Have you felt the need for a deeper experience with the Lord? This dynamic gift is definitely for you. If you live in Lake Havasu, we hope you’ll come see us here at Christ Alive. If you’re from another area and are not sure of the location of such a church, please give us a call, and we’ll be glad to assist you in finding one.