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sexta-feira, 22 de maio de 2015
…a crowd came together in bewilderment,
because each one heard
their own language being spoken
Acts 2:6 (read 2:1-11) - NIV
Pentecost has always captivated the imagination of the
Church. In spite of the fact that the event is mentioned only once in the
Bible, the Day of Pentecost has won a prominent place in the Christian
calendar. It also became the central point of the great "revivals" of
the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, culminating in the Pentecostal and
charismatic movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Certainly, Lucas never imagined that his modest
narration of the Day of Pentecost would later serve to convey concepts contrary
to its central message.
The central message of the Day of Pentecost is that
all peoples are equal before God and that God speaks to everyone in his or her
own language. It was a phenomenon that broke all national and linguistic
barriers, because there were people there from “from every nation under heaven”
who spoke many different languages, but everyone heard in his or her own
language. Together they received the same message about the pouring out of the
Spirit on all people.
But it was not long before misrepresentations and
distortions started to appear. With the passage of time a language that
everyone could understand morphed into an unintelligible jabbering called “speaking
in tongues” that only a spiritual elite spoke and understood and which needed
translators to interpret it to weaker believers. What was meant to be unifying
became divisive. What was to be a solution for breaking down barriers between diverse
cultures and languages became problem that separated people who spoke the same
language. Paul was forced to spend large parts of his letters to counter
divisions created by the pentecostalism deviations of his time. Pentecostalism
continues to afflict the Church today.
Luke's Pentecost is an invitation to rethink our
attitude and practice. The essence of Pentecost is to break down barriers of
all types that separate people. We need to work on our own internal barriers.
If our religion gives us motive for separating ourselves from the others
because they are different from us in their religious orientation, we must
rethink our faith. God may be speaking to them in a language that we cannot
understand. When we run down someone else's religion we may be rejecting the
other languages that God uses to speak to people who are different from us. The
purpose of Pentecost is to recognize that God speaks to each one in his or her
ACTS 2:1-11 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES AT PENTECOST
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled
the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of
fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled
with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation
under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in
bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly
amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is
it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and
Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from
Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them
declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”