I'm An Atheist. But I can speak in tongues.
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23-03-2013, 06:50 PM
Tongue I'm An Atheist. But I can speak in tongues.
I went to a Charismatic church for over 10 years and was "Baptized in the Holy Spirit."

I spoke in tongues as a believer for years. Now that I'm de-converted, I can still speak in tongues. I can still experience all those same feelings that I did when I spoke in tongues as a believer.

Gee, I thought the Holy Ghost left when you became an atheist.

Point is, it's all B.S. But you knew that already. Dan Barker made me think of this in one of his recent interviews.
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23-03-2013, 07:14 PM
RE: I'm An Atheist. But I can speak in tongues.
Whenever I smell incense all those old catholic feelings come back. The brain is powerful, especially when it comes to childhood experiences.
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23-03-2013, 07:23 PM (This post was last modified: 23-03-2013 07:26 PM by TheLogicalAthiest.)
RE: I'm An Atheist. But I can speak in tongues.
(23-03-2013 06:50 PM)onedream Wrote:  I went to a Charismatic church for over 10 years and was "Baptized in the Holy Spirit."

I spoke in tongues as a believer for years. Now that I'm de-converted, I can still speak in tongues. I can still experience all those same feelings that I did when I spoke in tongues as a believer.

Gee, I thought the Holy Ghost left when you became an atheist.

Point is, it's all B.S. But you knew that already. Dan Barker made me think of this in one of his recent interviews.



When you spoke in tounges, did you ever get taught how to do it properly, or did you just do it yourself and start talking gibberish.
Also did you have to act it out or did it come naturally; did it really feel like the Holy Ghost was inside you?
This reminds me of this Dusty Smith video where he talks about speaking in tounges etc.



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23-03-2013, 07:27 PM
RE: I'm An Atheist. But I can speak in tongues.
(23-03-2013 07:23 PM)TheLogicalAthiest Wrote:  Also did you have to act it out or did it come naturally; did it really feel like the Holy Ghost was inside you?
What, exactly, does it feel like to have something that doesn't exist, inside you? Consider

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23-03-2013, 07:40 PM
RE: I'm An Atheist. But I can speak in tongues.
(23-03-2013 07:27 PM)bbeljefe Wrote:  
(23-03-2013 07:23 PM)TheLogicalAthiest Wrote:  Also did you have to act it out or did it come naturally; did it really feel like the Holy Ghost was inside you?
What, exactly, does it feel like to have something that doesn't exist, inside you? Consider

Well I am wondering if there if they actually felt a spirit was inside them. Our psychology is very complex, after all, some people are certain they hear God talking to them, so I want to know if they knew they were having to make up the speaking in tounges or if their psychology made them think it was real.

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23-03-2013, 07:53 PM
RE: I'm An Atheist. But I can speak in tongues.
(23-03-2013 07:40 PM)TheLogicalAthiest Wrote:  
(23-03-2013 07:27 PM)bbeljefe Wrote:  What, exactly, does it feel like to have something that doesn't exist, inside you? Consider

Well I am wondering if there if they actually felt a spirit was inside them. Our psychology is very complex, after all, some people are certain they hear God talking to them, so I want to know if they knew they were having to make up the speaking in tounges or if their psychology made them think it was real.
I get that. It was just funny to read a matter of fact question about the non existent. Kinda like asking if it's hard to put a saddle on a unicorn. Or maybe asking where leprechauns bank...

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23-03-2013, 07:57 PM
RE: I'm An Atheist. But I can speak in tongues.
TheLogicalAthiest,
Thanks for bringing my attention to Dusty Smith! I'd never heard of him before.

This reminds me of the time my mother (staunch R.C.) was taken to a Charismatic church by a woman she had met. Scared the shit out of her!

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23-03-2013, 09:08 PM
RE: I'm An Atheist. But I can speak in tongues.
You've progressed from agnostic to atheist?

This is a very quick deconversion. I hope you can share your story, as much as you're able. And of course we're all here for you to talk to. If you have any questions on science send me a PM or make a thread and I'll try to answer. Smile

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23-03-2013, 09:14 PM
RE: I'm An Atheist. But I can speak in tongues.
Does anyone know what you are saying when you speak in these tongues? Do you? Is there a Rosetta Stone for this?

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23-03-2013, 10:45 PM
RE: I'm An Atheist. But I can speak in tongues.
I have similar experiences, onedream. Although I can't speak in tongues, I still get an emotional response when I am forced persuaded to go to church. I get the feeling of another, much more powerful presence in the building. It makes my hair stand up on edge, and a cold shiver run down my back. I get an emotional, almost devout, response when I sing some of my favorite hymnals.

I sometimes slip up and say 'Under God' in the pledge.

Mine is a product of conditioning, and I am sure yours is as well. It's amazing how powerful indoctrination is.

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