Hello.Customer I can give you my opinion, FWIW.
I don't think the two are mutually exclusive if you take "tongues" as it was referenced in the bible understanding that the word itself is only one of many possibe translations from the original texts. "Toungs" as a spritual language where the person speaking it could not be understood is more "folklore" than anything.
If you look to the handful of places in the Bible this practice of "speaking tounges" is supposed to be based on, you'll see that each has their own meaning in the context of the story, and even the sentence. Here are a couple of examples: Mark 16:17
,And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
MarK 16:20,And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following
My response: By "New Tongues" Jesus is implying that they will be preaching to confirm the word of God, and they will have to skill to do it with even the most difficult people. They weren't able to do that before for whatever reason, but now they can.Acts 2
, which describes an occurrence of speaking in tongues in Jerusalem
, though with various interpretations. Specifically, "every man heard them
speak in his own language" and wondered "how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?"
My take: It's more simple to understand with this correct translation. People were not talking in "Toungs" Proper or a nonsense language. To the contrary, the miracle was that people from different languages could understand each other! That's one heck of a sign, but now how your typical "Toungs Advocat" would see it. Acts 10:46
, when the household of Cornelius
spoke in tongues, and those present compared it to the speaking in tongues
that occurred at Pentecost.
At least that's what people think it said, but the words in the Bible are, actually starting with 10:46:
...because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter.
My take on it: This has nothing to do with the whole household of Cornelius speaking tounges. Cornelius was last mentioned in Acts 10:31. This isn't the household, this is the holy spirit speaking "WITH" tounges - meaning they could be heard and understood. Perhaps even the Holy Spirit Speaking through Gentiles "who also poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost". Nobody was talking in this imaginary langueage CALLED "Tounges"
And again: Acts 19:6, when a group of approximately a dozen men spoke in tongues in Ephesus as they received the Holy Spirit while the apostle Paul laid his hands upon them.
Not exactly - here is the text "And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
My Take: My sentence construction tells me we're referring to the holy spirits talking "with toungs" meaning in an audible and understandable way.
And there are many more. So I agree with what you are saying. In the instances where some interpret that "Tounges", a nonsensical language was spoken, it's actually something more profound - like people of different cultures understand each other in their own tongue. That's remarkable, and That's a sign all by itself.
And for the people that have talked in tounges? If they've made up something to make them more comfortable believing, then good for them, but I don't think anything like that is really even referenced in the Bible when translated and then interpreted correctly.