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Reverend says people misinterpret Bible's view on gays
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Posted on 10/27/2003 8:03:56 PM PST by chance33_98

Reverend says people misinterpret Bible's view on gays

Jennifer Ross | Staff Reporter October 27, 2003

People read the Bible as the absolute truth, but they pick and choose words, phrases and sentences for support, a speaker said Sunday night at the Student Center.

Frank Gorman was the first speaker for Spectrum's People Respecting Our Unique Differences Week.

Gorman, professor of religious studies at Bethany College, discussed what the Bible says about homosexuality. He discussed possible interpretations and misinterpretations.

The church can support or discriminate against gays, lesbians and bisexuals, Gorman said.

"I feel very strongly about the church's role in hate-mongering on this issue," he said. "As an ordained minister, I take that seriously. I'm here as a friend of the people."

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1 posted on 10/27/2003 8:03:56 PM PST by chance33_98
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To: LiteKeeper
Ping
2 posted on 10/27/2003 8:04:56 PM PST by chance33_98 (Check out my Updated Profile Page (and see banners at end, if you want one made let me know!))
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To: chance33_98
Reverend says people misinterpret Bible's view on gays

DN PHOTO / JEFF FURTICELLA

FRANK GORMAN spoke at Cardinal Hall Sunday night on how the Bible deals with issues of homosexuality.

Jennifer Ross | Staff Reporter

October 27, 2003

People read the Bible as the absolute truth, but they pick and choose words, phrases and sentences for support, a speaker said Sunday night at the Student Center.

Frank Gorman was the first speaker for Spectrum's People Respecting Our Unique Differences Week.

Gorman, professor of religious studies at Bethany College, discussed what the Bible says about homosexuality. He discussed possible interpretations and misinterpretations.

The church can support or discriminate against gays, lesbians and bisexuals, Gorman said.

"I feel very strongly about the church's role in hate-mongering on this issue," he said. "As an ordained minister, I take that seriously. I'm here as a friend of the people."

Ill feelings come from misinterpretations of the Bible and its history, Gorman said.

When fragments or verses are taken from the Bible, their meanings can be taken out of context, he said.

Gorman cited Leviticus 17-26, known as the Holiness Codes, as examples of popularly misused passages.

According to Gorman, the codes were used as a guide for the people of Israel. Codes were impurity rules defining the difference between clean and unclean.

One code describes how the Canannites were defilers of the land and sexually perverse, Gorman said.

"We make people bad and we immediately relate it to sex," Gorman said. "We think they must have a sexual problem ... we're too focused on sex."

For instance, the story of the men of Sodom reflects violence and power instead of sexual appetite, Gorman said.

In Genesis 19:5-11, a mob of men asked "to know" the visiting male outsider, Gorman said. When the mob's request is refused, they rape a woman all night. Gorman interpreted the phrase "to know" as "to have sex."

"This is about violence and rape," Gorman said. "This is about violence being used to put someone down. I find this disgusting. It's all about power. If you want to really understand sex and power, then go to prison."

However, Gorman said everyone, including Christians, have the right to their own interpretation of the Bible.

He encouraged students to read and to question the Bible.

"I don't think the Bible is the absolute truth," Gorman said. "I don't think it can provide me with the right answers. It provides me with the right questions."

Gorman's personal admission caused murmuring in the audience.

"He surprised me. He doesn't believe the Bible is the absolute truth. To me, what's the point of being a minister, if you do not believe it is the absolute truth," junior Jeremy Kinney said.

In today's society, believers need to be understanding and interpret the Bible with a contemporary context, Gorman said.

"Religion affects acts of Congress and many other things. It is unfortunate that the teachings of Christ are misused. If I was a Christian, I would be upset that my religion was being used as hate," Spectrum internal vice president Anthony Amstutz said.

3 posted on 10/27/2003 8:11:43 PM PST by goodnesswins (Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free.)
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To: ahadams2
Bible misinterpreter ping.
4 posted on 10/27/2003 8:12:18 PM PST by No_Outcome_But_Victory (Apostates: Nothing to fear better still, nothing to obey)
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To: No_Outcome_But_Victory
Gorman cited Leviticus 17-26, known as the Holiness Codes, as examples of popularly misused passages. According to Gorman, the codes were used as a guide for the people of Israel. Codes were impurity rules defining the difference between clean and unclean.

Homosexual sex is pretty darned unclean. This would indicate that God actually had some concern for the people's health.

Sounds pretty loving to me.

5 posted on 10/27/2003 8:15:54 PM PST by No_Outcome_But_Victory (Apostates: Nothing to fear better still, nothing to obey)
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To: chance33_98
If you want to know madness, make the acquaintance of psychiatrists and psychologists. If you want to know heresy, listen to a theology instructor.
6 posted on 10/27/2003 8:24:59 PM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: No_Outcome_But_Victory
"I don't think the Bible is the absolute truth," Gorman said. "I don't think it can provide me with the right answers. It provides me with the right questions."

Well, this language makes misinterpretation easy. Hmmmmm. The Bible certainly raises question, was Jesus the Son of God. But the Bible gives Gorman no guidance about the correct answer? Then what's the point?

7 posted on 10/27/2003 8:26:10 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: goodnesswins
So let me get this straight.... If I think someone is immoral and question why they want superior rights to me, then I am a "hatemonger" and should therefore be silenced...(anyone actually believe Hate Crime laws provide 'equal protection under the law"? Why is it a social crime to question NAMBLA, but it is their ACLU-given right to rape boys? And does anyone not see that SOME in the "politically correct" communities want much more than equality?...we're all equal, but some are more equal than others)

On the other hand, my beliefs can be skewered, disembowled, lampooned, God and people who follow His teachings victims of prejudice and forced to accept what they cannot...... and this is "enlightenment" and "tolerance"????

Just checking if this is so.
8 posted on 10/27/2003 8:29:19 PM PST by M1Tanker (Modern "progressive" liberalism is just NAZIism without the "twisted cross")
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To: goodnesswins
""He surprised me. He doesn't believe the Bible is the absolute truth. To me, what's the point of being a minister, if you do not believe it is the absolute truth," junior Jeremy Kinney said."

bingo

9 posted on 10/27/2003 8:29:39 PM PST by El Cid
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To: goodnesswins
"I don't think the Bible is the absolute truth," Gorman said.

The good reverend says...

10 posted on 10/27/2003 8:30:06 PM PST by PFKEY
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To: PFKEY
What box of cracker jacks did this quack get his ministers license from.

Sure sounds like a humanist to me.
11 posted on 10/27/2003 8:33:21 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy
Could be self-declared.

I'm made of cheese....
12 posted on 10/27/2003 8:38:21 PM PST by PFKEY
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To: chance33_98
"Ordained" by whom? Certainly not an evangelical Christian church!
13 posted on 10/27/2003 8:42:31 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: chance33_98; GatorGirl; maryz; *Catholic_list; afraidfortherepublic; Antoninus; Aquinasfan; ...
Ping!
14 posted on 10/27/2003 8:42:40 PM PST by narses ("The do-it-yourself Mass is ended. Go in peace" Francis Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria)
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To: chance33_98

15 posted on 10/27/2003 8:45:04 PM PST by Abcdefg
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To: narses
That his picture? What nice irony in the way he appropriates orthodox iconography as a springboard to trash the iconography of man.
16 posted on 10/27/2003 8:48:16 PM PST by Romulus (Nothing really good ever happened after 1789.)
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To: chance33_98
This guy Gorman is what I call a "gobbledygook talker." He says a lot of stuff but it makes no sense.
17 posted on 10/27/2003 8:50:57 PM PST by upchuck (Encourage HAMAS to pre-test their explosive devices. A dud always spoils everything.)
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To: No_Outcome_But_Victory
You are spot on.

Bill Clinton's CDC released figures a few years ago reflecting that fully 85% of all AIDS/HIV cases are

1. Active, non-monogamous homosexuals,
(the largest subset)

2. Heterosexuals and bisexuals who have had sex with group 1 and

3. IV drug abusers who share needles.

(Kinda gives new meaning to Romans 6:23, doesn't it?)

The remaining 15% (the REAL “victims” of AIDS!!) are those who have contracted AIDS via other, non-sexual/non-drug means SUCH AS TRANSFUSIONS OF TAINTED BLOOD (which one homosexual "leader" on the West Coast URGED his fellow homosexuals to CONTINUE to attempt to contaminate in order to involve the straight community in the push to increase federal funding for AIDS research).

What a guy -- er -- GAY!

18 posted on 10/27/2003 8:53:59 PM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: chance33_98
" I'm here as a friend of the people."

That my friend is the problem. You are Gods rep on earth, he is your client and master. It is only when people put their beliefs before their belief in him do we have problems.
Had you obeyed his word and not read into it what YOU want there would not be the problems we have now. It is the old living breathing bible, constitution, what ever thing.

If they were meant to be changeable they would not have taken year or centuries to put down on paper. There was a reason and it is not ours to decide but to trust and obey.
19 posted on 10/27/2003 8:58:10 PM PST by JSteff
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To: chance33_98
"I don't think the Bible is the absolute truth," Gorman said."

Then he has nothing worth listening to. The Bible is God's letter to believers.

Gorman should not be reading someone else's mail.

20 posted on 10/27/2003 9:01:55 PM PST by nightdriver
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