Davidandme - The purpose of the gift of tongues is to bring people together in a common understanding of the spoken word. When God confused the languages by the tower of Babel He did it to confused people and drive them away from the tower. The purpose of the gift of tongues is to do the opposite. Bring people together when people can't understand each other because of the language barrier.
, since this thread is about speaking in tongues, I have copy and pasted my post in the other section about my insight of speaking in tongues. I hope it is helpful to all readers:
"I believe the Holy Spirit is around everyone, but those who actually receive him inside themselves are those who firstly believe this is possible, and not some fairy tale. As He says "Signs will follow those who believe."
I attended the Catholic Church for many years and did not know anything about receiving the Holy Spirit. However at various occasions during that time, I used to communicate with 'spirits'. It was only after I started attending a pentecostal church that I learnt that good and bad spirits can communicate with you. From that pentecostal church I was able to differentiate between evil spirits and good spirits, as evil spirits cannot read your mind.
When I look back I realise that the Holy Spirit had been in my life for decades
but because some churches preach that hearing voices and other communications are from evil spirits, I had rejected all communications of that nature. On discovering that evil spirits cannot read your mind, I then began to communicate in my mind with God directly in June 2007. To my surprise, He would reply back to me directly, in my mind. This has been happening upon demand now till today.
I feel the sessions with God/The Holy Spirit is very fulfilling. I can ask Him any question, I mean any question on any matter and 90% of the time He would give me an answer. On the occasions He did not give me an answer are when, on reflection, I already new the answer.
Receiving the Holy Spirit and utilizing resourse to its fullest extent is extremely powerful and beneficial for those who are strong. Yes, those who are strong - because if you get to communicate with Him to the level I do, He will remold you, as He points out home truths about yourself that you thought was unimportant and OK with Him and which needs to be changed. The Holy Spirit is my No. 1 adviser on every aspect of life. My life will not be complete with Him
Just one point. All my children know about my very close relationship/ communicatin with God. They also know about the connection of speaking in tongues and the Holy Spirit. One day my daughter asked me very intelligently. "Why don't you speak in tongues, since you quite clearly have the Holy Spirit?" I considered this was a very good point. The next day I did not hesitate to put it to God in one of our communicating sessions. The answer was more or less "To speak in tongues you do not understand what you say, but as you are communicating with God directly, you are closer to God, since you are understanding what He is saying to you..."
So I conclude that speaking in tongues has its place in the bible somewhere and in life generally, but to really experience God in your life, you need to start to speak to Him directly, whoever you are, holy or unholy - whether or not you currently speak in tongues. If you do not communicate with God directly, you are missing out big time ...
Just shut yourself in your bathroom, bedroom, toilet etc., turn off all music/noise, zip your lips open your mind and connect with the Holy Spirit. Do this regulary, whether or not you receive any response; but be persistent. Eventually He will respond - when He knows you are serious."