The gay dating bible
Like Vines, I was looking for biblical justification and wanted to prove that the Bible blesses gay relationships.
As I read Boswell's book, the Bible was open next to it, and his assertions did not line up with Scripture.
Like Vines, I also came out as a gay man while I was a student.
I was a graduate student pursuing a doctorate in dentistry.
So Vines sought to arm himself with biblical scholarship on the affirmation of same-sex relationships and strove to convince his family and church that they were wrong—that homosexuality is not a sin.
Recognizing that celibacy is a gift, Vines contends that this gift should only be accepted voluntarily.
Citing 1 Timothy 4:3, Vines even argues that those who forbid gay marriage are false teachers who promote hostility toward God's creation.
As a racial minority, biblical texts on sojourners and aliens mean more to me than to someone who is not a racial minority.
However, experiences can also hinder the interpretation of Scripture.