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Christiandatingforfree.com has a simple user face that allows match seekers to input the gender, ages and location of where they are looking to meet similar minded, single Christian counterparts. The search function allowed me to choose from anything from a friend, a worship partner, a talk/email Buddy, a date, a long-term relationship or a marriage partner.

The next page took me to a section to fill out a little bit about myself and what I am looking for in a match. Then there are two questions about what my ideal date would be like and a space to tell subscribers about me, to ensure a better match.

Setting up an account was relatively easy compared to other Dating sites. The questions were limited, but concise. Best of all, the service is free.

The highly suggestive page of Catholicmatch.com pictures a bridge and groom in a traditional Catholic church, with a small box over to the corner with the headline, "Grow in Faith, Fall in Love." From there, I was instructed to choose whether I was searching for a man or a woman, the age ranges that this search would look under, and the city in which it would take place.

Unlike the previous site, Catholicmatch.com asked me a series of questions ranging from whether or not I smoked (and how often) to whether I was eligible to marry in the Catholic Church to my views on the Eucharist, Premarital Sex, Immaculate Conception, Contraception and Papal Infallibility.

The next screen seems to be the end of filling out the profile. As it turns out, the profile has to be reviewed, which can take from 1-3 business days. The bigger catch than waiting to see if my profile was approved was to choose which payment option I wanted. Yes, the Catholics are profiting off of singles seeking to find similar minded faith counterparts. For $12.49 a month, I could get a six-month membership, billed in a one-time payment of $74.95. A 3-month membership is $16.65, billed at $49.95. A monthly membership is $24.95. The memberships promise to give me access to private messages, a community forum and emoticon smilies.

As much as I value my faith upbringing, I close the browser and decide to look elsewhere.

ChristianCafe.com let me sign up for a free trial. The plain homepage was a welcome change from the overwhelming, suggestive page of Catholicmatch.com. I selected the gender that I was searching for, and went to select the ages, and was disappointed to find that instead of being able to choose a minimum and maximum age, I was given an age range to choose from. I selected the range that closely matched what I was looking for, input my zip code and set off to search.

I was sorely disappointed in what I found. The age ranges were grossly misrepresented, from ten years than the youngest age I selected to thirteen years older. The geographical region leaves little to be desired. I entered in my Mid Atlantic zip code thinking I would find matches in my area; however, I was given results from Maine to Florida to Arizona.

BigChurch.com looks overwhelming at first, yet once I entered my basic information (looking for a male between a certain age range), it took me to another site where it showed me several possible matches.

I signed up by filling out what was probably the simplest profile of all of the sites. To view a member's profile, I have to pay, which leads to me another page. BigChurch.com conveniently accepts Pay pal and has several membership levels. The Gold membership would allow me to be the first to contact new members, to have my profile show up at the top of searches and 24/7 phone support. Three months, with one month free, is $9.99 a month. BigChurch bills a one-time payment of $39.96. For a one-month access to the site, BigChurch charges $19.99. The Silver membership, at 3 months for $29.97 and one month for $15.99, allows a member to contact other members, have partial access to blogs, groups and magazines and 24/7 phone support. BigChurch also allows a subscriber to upgrade their profile with enhancements such as email, 3 months for $35.97 or one month for $19.99. Another enhancement popular on online dating sites is highlighting search listings. For 3 months at $26.97 or one month at $9.99, your profile will be highlighted in a different color to make it stand out from the rest. The rest of those that don't chose to make their profiles stand out, that is.

SinglesofFaith.com's website immediately asked me to sign up, with glaring italicized bolded red flashing across the page. After a quick confirmation of a username, date of birth and gender, the next page asked how far away from my zip code I wanted to search as well as the age ranges I wanted to focus on.

Without allowing me to browse the members with my created account, I was directed to, you guessed it, the "checkout page." SinglesofFaith.com has a unique way of charging its members. They take your zip code and the number of current users in your zip code and base your price off of that. For instance, if there are under 500 members in your search area, 12 months is $19.00 (which they conveniently break down to 5 cents a day). They also have a "Till Married" option, which for this package is $59.00 (broken down to a penny a day). The Till Marriage option states that you will be charged $99 and then when you renew for additional membership periods in the future, provided you maintain your current MemberID and do not create a new account, you will be grandfathered in at $99, even when the "Till Married" price rises.

There are plethoras of Dating sites on the Internet. Sites for Christians to meet other like minded Christians and bond over their belief systems are just one of the many. As with all of the emerging dating sites, exercise caution when meeting someone. Let a trusted real life friend or family member know where you are going to be and what time you expect to be home. Before you are quick to toss judgments to the wind under the guise that you are meeting a good Christian person, remember that Judas was the first to leave.



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