Ten Hundred Word Pentecost
Before Mr Jesus went away into the sky to be with the Father, he promised that he would send the air-person-God to help his friends to know what to do. One story says that he also gave people the air-person-God before he went away, but that’s usually ignored.
When the air-person-God arrived, all the first God-liking people started to use different ways of speaking, so that people from all over the world could understand what they were saying. We don’t know whether the God-liking people understood their own words, and we don’t know what they said. I’d like to know whether they were saying the same thing in all those different ways of speaking, but it seems that no one was very interested in that.
The important thing was that speaking in these different ways was meant to show that the air-person-God was helping them to do it. If that was the idea, it could probably have worked better, seeing that some people thought they were drunk. As there were all these people from different places in the area, it would be very strange if no one was able to speak to them without the help of the air-person-God. And it makes me wonder how they knew what the other people were saying about it.
Then one of the God-liking people stood up and told everyone what was going on, and that they had to say sorry and go under the water. He seems to have said this in his own way of speaking, just to the people God liked anyway, so it’s not clear whether God wanted the other people in his group at this point. This is usually seen as the start of a new God-group, because lots of people did what they were told and the new God-group about Mr Jesus started to grow very fast.
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