On “speaking in tongues” or…What sound am I making?


Have I been “speaking in tongues” or contributing to the modern day “Babel?”

I have over one hundred posts on this blog with quite a number of people visiting every day, and it occurred to me that people could still wonder what exactly am I getting at? What am I hoping to achieve with all these posts.

I have presented a number of posts on Blaise Pascal and his “anthropological argument” which was his belief that humankind holds a key within itself that unlocks the truth that we were created by God. He thought that the “greatness and wretchedness” of humans, which are both clearly evident, can only be adequately explained by the biblical worldview that humankind is God’s creation. So this blog’s general practice has been to provide some of the evidences for man’s greatness and wretchedness. But this practice is not the end, but is only the means, to point out that we are basically, in Pascal’s words, a “monster” hybrid. But following Pascal’s own purpose for his “observation” my aim is to point to “the gospel” (good news!) for this fallen glorious monster, the human being.

So this post presents my aim, by presenting the gospel for Pascal’s “deposed king,” in the interest of communication clearly. The Apostle Paul had something important to say about communicating clearly:

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? If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air. 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. (1 Corinthians 14:6-11, ESV)

So the task now becomes, what is the gospel? I thought that perhaps the best way to present the gospel would be to find a video or two  by several established and credible scholars whose lives consist in presenting that gospel. After some searching I found videos by Ravi Zacharias and N. T. Wright, and think they compliment each other very well with their different approaches to communicating the biblical gospel.

I suppose, I hope, that the manifest propensity of “Manifest Propensity” is now clearly spoken.

BMC @ Manifest Propensity

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcomed!

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