Perhaps you're familiar with the religious practice of speaking in tongues -- the Biblical gift that enables individuals to speak and interpret a language that is believed to come directly from God.
Of course, the theological construct comes alongside a great deal of debate. While some individuals embrace this notion as a realistic element of the Christian faith, others dismiss it as a mythical practice. But the debate is more complex than that, with theologians expressing a variety of views on the religious practice also referred to as "glossolalia."
Either way, the significance of the practice of tongues has been observed for centuries. Interestingly, recent -- and curious -- events by a Christian preacher have caused some in the faith and media communities to wonder if a new phenomenon -- "typing in tongues" -- is entering the scene.
Juanita Bynum, a Pentecostal televangelist, raised eyebrows among some bloggers, journalists and Christians, alike, when some of her Facebook posts looked as though they contained text typed "in tongues." The Christian Post has more:
In the first message time stamped 3:57 p.m., it appeared that Juanita Bynum II, the account holder for the Facebook page, started praying for Zachery Tims, the Florida megachurch minister who was found dead in a New York City hotel room on Aug. 12:
GOD WE PRAY FOR THE DESTINY CHURCH FAMILY....WE PRAY FOR THE STRENGTH OF PASTOR RIVA TIMS....MIGHTY GOD...GIVE US STRENGTH.....WE ARE THE BODY THAT FEELS THIS PAIN.....WE ALL FEEL IT.....COVER THE MINDS OF HIS CHILDREN...GRAB THEM UP IN YOUR ARMS LORD JESUS......BE A COMFORT TO THEM.....YOU ARE THE MANY BREASTED ONE....
Then, a second post with the same timestamp appeared (nothing was out of the ordinary with this one). A third post, published a minute later, begins to show the odd text that some see as evidence of digital tongues. Here's the first message that includes this curious text:
While some would likely dismiss these letters as an error, Bynum continued to post other messages with the same jumbled text. Here are more examples:
Reaction to these messages has been intriguing. The Post highlights a few of the comments that were posted on Facebook:
"God did not tell her to type in tongues...I think every sane/spiritual person knows this to be true... an explanation/interpretation should really be made in order for the confusion and ruckus to cease," wrote Kischa Loree Pena .
Pena continued, "Dr. Bynum...I think you should defend yourself. If the spirit fell so hard that you lost control of your typing, just say so. Too many people are being led astray and fed false teaching/doctrine in a time when a pure and sincere relationship with our heavenly Father is necessary...and I am saddened by these posts."
So far, Bynum has been silent about the intriguing Facebook messages. Interestingly, she hasn't posted any "tongue" text since these notes were uncovered.
(h/t The Daily Beast)