Hello everyone, I am a 25 year old Christian who was raised confused about my denomination, though today I have the same values, morals, and main beliefs of Baptists without actually being a member of any Baptist church. I am currently in a predicament with my Baptist girl friend. We love each other very much, and we love the Lord God even more. We attend Sunday service together and have a Bible study every night. We are accountable for each other as much as we can be. We have a Godly relationship and place Him before all. We have known each other for a brief period of time and have been "dating" for a couple months now, while knowing her for 3 months. I believe we are at a point where we know God brought us together and God wants us to marry so we may serve Him to a greater purpose than we can currently serve Him. So finally my question is this: We have talked at length about engagement and marriage and are scared of being judged because we haven't known each other that long. In the eyes of the Baptist church how long should we "date" before we get engaged? After we are engaged how long should we wait to wed? The Bible doesn't say anything about periods of engagement or wedding. I do recall, however, that it used to be common practice, in the Old Testament, that people marrying and divorcing was a regular routine which makes it sound like a short process. Then after Christ's coming he made it clear NOT to divorce, except for extreme circumstances. Thank you for your attention to this question.