While many people think that online dating is something new, it can trace its origins back to the computer dating services of the late 1960s. Of course, a lot of things have changed since then. One of those things is the prevalence of Christian dating websites. It surprises a lot of people when they find out there are more than one or two such sites.
For whatever reason, mainstream society thinks Christians are immune to romantic feelings. Nothing could be further from the truth. After all, Christians are people too. The ironic thing is that this misconception is one of the reasons Christian dating websites are thriving; they understand what it’s like to deal with the stereotypes and challenges of their particular faith. Even more than that, they know what a struggle dating can be.
They face a lot of pressure to do things the way the world says they should be done, yet they want to exercise their faith while dating. One example is not having physical relations before marriage. This is often viewed as a deal-breaker for those who are not Christians. And there are many more things which can cause friction. Granted, there are many different denominations, and not all who call themselves Christians feel the same way. Either way, the benefit of dating those with similar beliefs can make things a lot easier.
Christian dating websites are an excellent solution to these problems. There is a catch, however. As there are so many sets of beliefs within the Christian community, so too are there many different beliefs within Christian dating websites. For this reason, it’s important to look into the rules of each site, as well as its overall beliefs. More conservative Christians may still feel ill-at-ease in a more liberal Christian environment, and vice-versa.
Here are some things to look for when trying to evaluate Christian dating websites:
Do they have a declaration of Faith? How does it line up with your beliefs? If they don’t have one, then it could be a sign that they are ashamed of their beliefs, or only paying it lip service to appeal to what they see as nothing more than a viable market.
How do they approach Christian dating? Look for how they define it, and what their expectations are. You may give them extra points if the use verses from the Bible to support what they say.
What steps do they take to ensure a Christian membership? What about non-Christians? There are people that like to harass Christians, how are they dealt with?
Be sure to read the terms of service, rules, guidelines and anything else that will give you a clue as to what they consider proper conduct on their site.
Above all, enjoy the process of finding other people on Christian dating websites. You will be able to find people with similar beliefs and, hopefully, have a faithful (in the best sense of the word) and happy future with someone special.