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  1. Introduction.
  2. Acts 2: 1 ?When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.?
  3. Acts 2: 2 ?Suddenly a sound like... where they were sitting.?
  4. Acts 2: 3 ?They saw what seemed to... came to rest on each of them.?
  5. Acts 2: 4 ?All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit... as the Spirit enabled them.?
  6. Acts 2: 5-6 ?Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews... heard them speaking in his own language.?
  7. The conversion of Lydia (Acts 16: 11-18).
  8. The defense of experience (Acts 22: 1- 11).

The Jews and all the holy men from all the races in the world residing beneath the heaven were staying in Jerusalem. Once the people were informed of the news about the presence of these holy men in Jerusalem, they gathered together and they set out to the Holy Land. The people who witnessed the preaching activities of the blessed people were amazed because they heard them speaking in their own native language. The people knew that the Jews and the holy men were Galileans but then they were overwhelmed when they heard these Galileans speaking in the language they were born into. Languages from Pathia, Medes, Elamites, Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phyrgia , Pamphylia and Libya were spoken by the holy messengers to propagate the words of God. Hence, this mysterious occurrence created anxiety to the minds of the people who witnessed the divine teachings conducted through confounded languages whereas others became extremely doubtful and were merely satisfied in relegating the incident to something of a mockery (Barclay 1976, p. 20).

[...] Paul fiercely condemned this practice of preaching the message of God because according to him messages especially those that came from God should be relayed to the people through a medium that would be understandable to all. Moreover, Paul alleged that if a stranger happened to stumble upon in their congregation, he/she will probably realize that he/she entered parishioners of insane men. Hence, men speaking in tongues will likely be considered men who are drunk by people who are not familiar with the rite (Marguerat et al. [...]

[...] Luke even noticed the awareness of Lydia of her own faith; Luke was quite happy by the fact that the wealthy woman began listening to them. Because God had opened her heart a long time ago, she displayed excessive enthusiasm in listening to Paul's elaborations (Reimer 1995). Even though Lydia had all the material riches in life, she still remained humble in the face of the Lord. She welcomed the missionaries to her large house and she proposed to be baptized inside her abode along with the people in the household such as her children, relatives, workers and slaves. [...]

[...] They were egoistic in their belief because they wanted to confine the preaching and messages of God to themselves. Those who will attempt to spread the word of God will be considered a heretic and a blasphemer. Furthermore, another grand difference between Paul and the people was that the former had the advantage over the latter because he had already the opportunity to meet Christ personally or face-to-face (Barclay 1976). The contradiction in Paul's arguments was basically manifested in his efforts to proclaim his identity to the crowd that persecuted him. [...]

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