If you’re hoping to meet like-minded, single Christians online, Christian dating websites are a great place to start. You can find Christians from around the world, chat and arrange offline dates, all from the comfort of your home. But before you begin this journey for love, we’ve a few vital pieces of information to share. So, here are 5 of the most important things to know about Christian dating websites…
Although Christian dating sites attract a majority of Christian members, you may find members who are not Christians. This is relatively rare, and it’s usually just the case that those members are interested in the faith or wish to meet someone from it, but you don’t necessarily have to be a Christian to join. You may also discover that some sites are for members who follow a specific sect of Christianity (separate sites for Catholics or Protestants, for example), so choosing the right one for you can be quite important.
2: Varied expectations and forms of Christianity
This links somewhat to our previous piece of information, but it’s more about your personal perspective on Christianity, and what makes someone a good Christian. There are a number of forms of Christianity and the levels of belief (for example, in the notion of sin, marriage and so on) can also differ quite a lot. We’ve seen occasional spats turn into public mud slinging on some Christian dating sites, with members disagreeing over the particulars of their faith. Not everyone will think of Christian belief (and its intricacies) in the same way, so it’s worth bearing that in mind when talking to potential dates.
3: Marriage searches
As a general rule, many Christians see marriage as a key outcome of their dating life. Therefore, marriage can be an important issue to discuss, and some sites will offer a marriage search. This will allow you to find members who are looking to wed, and you may be excluded from these results if you don’t explicitly choose marriage as a desired outcome (usually when creating your profile). You can also seek out members who want to marry, and may even be able to write a little about your marriage expectations on your profile page.
4: Bible chat (for better or worse)
Inevitably, quite a lot of Christians are interested in talking about the bible and other faith issues. If this is important to you, you will find sites which provide faith discussion forums, and you may even want to discuss theology with other members. However, it’s also a good idea to be aware that not everyone wants to talk about the bible at every corner, especially if they’re looking for dates. Some Christians are more casual (or less bible-centric) than others. If you do decide to talk about biblical texts and other Christian concerns, you may want to check out the nature of a dating site’s forums, as these topics can sometimes become heated.
5: It’s a dating site…
Finally, we think it’s worth remembering that Christian dating sites are still dating websites. The aim is to have fun, to chat to like-minded single members, and to find dates. Posting about sinful behavior or other religious issues, may not be appropriate to some members. Try not to lose sight of the main reason you’re visiting a Christian dating site: to find dates (who happen to be Christian).
In general, we recommend keeping your eyes and ears open when using a Christian dating site. Remember that people are online to look for dates, and that there are many different kinds of Christian beliefs, and many personal interpretations. So, go in with an open mind, have fun, and find yourself a date or two with some single Christian members!