Founded in 2001, the Christian Mingle online dating site has more than 4 million members, nearly 50% of them registered in the last year, according to a press release on CNN news.
Members can register for free and are asked to respond to a number of questions related to religious leanings and personal preferences. With these answers, the online site matches profiles of likely matches.
A search on the dating site using the phrase “soul mate” found 1000 profiles of women aged between 18 years and 80 years including one person from the state of Florida.
“I’m seeking the man God has chosen for me,” states one 34 year old woman. “I’m searching for a true friend, a real soul mate, and a person to share the greatest days of my life.”
A 40 year old woman from Colorado Springs wrote, “I really believe in genuine love but I am fair. I know that I will not find a perfect man … but I may find one who is just right for me.”
Record, a Christian Mingle spokesperson said: “God can manipulate and use Christian Mingle to let people find the right partner for each other. He has this way of solving their partner problems if they wish to use it.”
So does that really mean that a few true matches can only be made just in heaven? Does God, if you sincerely believe there is one, choose our partners for us as soul mates for life? And does he have an online connection?
The Bible does not have much to say about this issue according to numerous religious authors and leaders. But a number of high profile religious spokespersons have fixed views about the idea.
Soul matches do exist, say some religious commentators such as the Jewish Talmud. A number of Christians believe God assists individuals to formulate their own sort of soul match. Islamists reject the idea of a soul mate according to the Muslim leadership. Many say a belief in a soul mate has bad results and can even be quite harmful. Some of those who are warning about the dangerous consequences of the soul mate notion are actually Christians.