11041[Meditation Society of America] Re: organism and identity / for maria luisa
- Oct 1, 2003--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Gregory Goode
> At 04:44 PM 10/1/2003 +0000, Nina wrote:pentacostal Christian churches, there's a belief that being baptized
> >There are all manner of spontaneous expressions of being
> >filled with "The Holy Spirit". As regards my own expression
> >of this highly intimate experience, either you see it in
> >what I share, or you don't. The same could be said of anyone's
> >contributions on this list.
> In some places this experience is highly contentious too. In the
by the holy spirit is evidenced by speaking in tongues. And in these
churches, speaking in tongues has a certain sound, certain syllables
that people recognize.
>the church building. They lost their position and had to move from
> A friend of mine and his wife were Sunday School teachers living in
the church. Why? One day someone asked him whether he had ever
spoken in tongues. He said, "no." They said, well, you can't teach
Sunday School here [and told the pastor] unless you have been
baptized by the holy spirit."
>doctrine states that this isn't enough, that you must speak in
> He said "I was, I heard the "mighty rushing wind." They said, "Our
tongues." So he had to leave.
>also classes on speaking in tongues and how to make yourself ready
> With that belief, it's no surprise that in these churches there are
for the baptism. You even practice the sounds!
> Great case of a cultural belief that is projected onto God!
What an excellent parable! Thanks for the telling of it.
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