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Hearing the Word In Our Own Language

From the July 1972 issue of The Christian Science Journal

On the Day of Pentecost, when the disciples were assembled in Jerusalem, they became filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues. The effect of their spiritual illumination upon those of many different nationalities who were present is described in this way: "The multitude . . . were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language."Acts 2:6;

Each one heard the Word of God in his own tongue, in the way that he was individually prepared to understand it. The Word was effectively communicated to each listener in terms of his own needs.

It is helpful to ponder the meaning of the Pentecostal experience in connection with Christian Science church services today. Do we not desire that each member of the congregation may hear the inspired Word in his own tongue? We desire, in other words, that each listener may realize that the spiritual truths voiced during the service are speaking directly to his needs, whether for healing, comfort, guidance, or peace.

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