The claim was treated with some disdain in online chatrooms focusing on biblical knowledge with most contributors suggesting the claim was made up to boost Rihab’s tourist status.There is no clear holder of the title of oldest Christian church with various sites claiming the title without definitive evidence.
Their tagline is “Prepared, Prequalified, Predestined,” adding to the plethora of clichés that make the site a near-parody of itself.
For example, users’ identities must be verified by their (presumably male) pastor, who confirms that they are a church member in “good and regular standing” and “eligible for marriage.” Articles include tips on virginity, courtship, and how men must establish “loving headship” over their wives.
The bishop deputy of the Greek Orthodox archdiocese, Archimandrite Nektarious, described the Rihab discovery as an Researchers recovered pottery dating back to between the 3rd and 7th centuries, which they say suggests these first Christians and their followers lived in the area until late Roman rule.
Inside the cave there are several stone seats which are believed to have been for the clergy and a circular shaped area, thought to be the apse.
Images of kissing and hand-holding flutter across the screen as a male voice sings, “Someday he’ll call her, and she will come running.
And fall in his arms, and the tears will fall down, and she’ll pray: I want to fall in love with you.” At first viewing, the spot is wildly effective.
The selection proves again that while the Lord may “looketh at the heart,” His people are still very much interested in outward appearances.
Their profile pictures are surprisingly provocative—low cut shirts, exposed shoulders, skin-tight pants, pouty lips.
After all, they are operated by marketers, not theologians.
The site is owned by Beverly Hills-based Spark Networks.
But Christian Mingle has given the tune a different meaning in an effort to co-opt its familiar religious language and attract users.