I was talking to my friend about my son's unusual comments. The thought of a past life freaked her out, of course, as she is a BIG religious person. She was a bit more open than I'd expected, though. I was telling her that he seemed to be speaking in another language occasionally---just a word here and there. Her explanation was that he was "receiving the holy ghost." Of course, in some churches, people believe they can receive miraculous gifts during worship service, as a sign to others that there is a God. Or, to edify believers. I've always had a problem with the "speaking in tongues" thing because why would God have you speak in say, German, if no one else in the church could speak that language? How would that help or prove anything? So, I started thinking.... Here is a passage from a quick reference I used to find the "speaking in tongues" verses. To me, it seems to mean something completely different that how the writer of the article suggested. What do you think?..... The Holy Spirit is sovereign in the distribution of these gifts. Following the listing of the gifts, Paul adds, “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will.” (1 Corinthians 12:11). Christians have always had a hard time understanding exactly what the Holy Spirit is, and even in my extensive church background, in a highly academic environment, no one has really been able to explain it. In fact, the only unforgivable sin is listed as involving the Holy Spirit. MATTHEW 12: 31-32 "Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come". I hope Father God doesn't see my question as blasphemy! That's not my intention, of course. It is said that the Holy Spirit is one with God. It is part of the Trinity, belonging there with God and His Son. Could the eternal soul of every person be this Holy Spirit? The divine part of ourselves 'bestowed' when we decide to follow God? (As in, we should begin to use our eternal spirit to further our progress as souls. We should then have the foresight and maturity to use our experiences to make life more holy, thus leading us closer to Heaven.) Here is another excerpt from an online article: A. The Holy Spirit is involved in the new birth. B. The Spirit sanctifies (I Pet. 1:2). C. The Spirit convicts (Jn. 16:8, ASV) D. The Spirit comforts (Acts 9:31) E. Teaches (I Cor. 2:13) F. Saves (Tit. 3:5) G. Purifies (I Pet. 1:22) H. The Spirit also exerts power (Rom. 15:13). Please tell me what you guys think. There may be another thread on this, but I'm desperately seeking answers. In fact, just THINKING this (given my background) is a scary thing. I simply want to understand. Back to the original topic. The church where I studied doesn't "believe" in speaking in tongues. They say that is a miraculous gift, which passed away when Jesus did, and died out completely when the last of his disciples died. Of course, no one in 'my' church EVER speaks in tongues. HOWEVER, so many other people report this. Good people. Smart people! Where my congregation is quiet, still, and orderly, others are free to cry, be joyful, move around, etc. They become 'worked up in worship,' so to speak. Could people be entranced or in such deep meditation that languages from their past lives come to the surface? Whereas, in other churches, where these gifts aren't 'possible,' they are never in the meditative state to reach them. Just like you can't be forced into hypnosis if you strongly believe against it. According to my friend, people often don't know what they even sounded like during the experience. They certainly didn't 'know' the language. She spoke of one man who suddenly began praying in Choctaw (rare Native American language), and it happened that a man in the church understood it. He was Choctaw! He came up and asked the man where he'd learned that language, and he had no idea. If not for the Native American's presence, this would have sounded VERY foreign, possibly a language from Heaven and not of this earth. (Many believe that.) In the Bible, this 'gift' was used to speak to people who couldn't understand or wouldn't accept what was being said. For example, if I went to France, where I could barely speak the language or needed a translator, the Holy Spirit would help me suddenly speak fluent French so as to prove what I'm saying. In that way, this 'gift' serves a great purpose. Could this blasphemy against the Holy Spirit mean that you mustn't ignore the eternal soul inside you? The "HOLY" spirit in you? Luke 12:10 Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the person who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Also, do you guys know of anyone who has spoken about this particular topic? Any references? q6gif Again, this whole discussion makes me feel like I'm going to Hell. I was never encouraged to question anything for fear of judgment from others, and especially from God. I don't want to blaspheme the Spirit, but instead, to know it more intimately than ever before.