Why do Amish people believe different from us?
Asked in Amish, Mennonites
What is your overall opinion of Mennonite-Amish people do u think they just look odd or neat do u respect them for living what they believe if you personally know one do you feel they are judgemental?
I live in the midst of Amish country in the Lancaster, PA area. The farm across the road from us is Amish and we talk to them almost weekly. Also had work done by Amish contractors. We find them totally non-judgemental and we respect their way of life as do most of us "English" people in this area. To tourists the Amish or Mennonites may look odd, because they dress different, but the local people don't notice.
Asked in Amish
Do the Amish participate in the US political system?
Asked in Demographics, Amish, Population
Which regions of the world have a significant population of Amish people?
In the US, the state of Ohio has the largest Amish community with around 55,000, followed by Pennsylvania (centered mostly in Lancaster county) with about 51,000. In third place is Indiana, which has roughly 38,000 Amish people. The Canadian province of Ontario has a sizable Amish population as well.
Asked in Christianity, Amish
Is Amish faith similar to Christianity?
Yes, the Amish are a part of the Christian Faith. The Amish believe the Bible is the word of God, and they believe that Jesus is the son of God who came to Earth, lived a sinless life and died on the cross to save them from their sins. The Amish are a sect of old German and speak Pennsylvania Dutch. They settled in this country from Germany. They are called the plain people because of their plain dress and their simple lifestyle. The Amish follow the Bible more literally than most modern churches today. They do not believe in living like this world does. 1 John 2:9 reminds us to not love this world or the things in this world. The Amish believe in keeping mainly to themselves (1 Corinthians15:33) but they do acknowledge other Christians as saved. The Amish are not lacking in doing good, and are great helpers to people who are in need. They Love the Lord with all their hearts, minds and souls and are an excellent example of true Christian faith in action. Most People who get to know the Amish, have a great respect for how they have kept to Gods word and have not been influenced by anything in this world. The Amish have their own church standards called the ordnung, which helps them to follow the commands of Christ. However one command of Christ that the Amish do not do, is to go therefore and make disciples of all nations Matthew 28:18. The reason they do not evangelise is because they have suffered great persecution in their past history, by being burned, imprisoned and drowned for their Anabaptist faith, so these days the Amish prefer to live quietly in the land and use their Godly living as an example to those who are not Amish.
Asked in Amish
How are Amish people different from other Americans?
They do not hold themselves to be different than anyone else, and, in fact, they aren't different. They simply live apart from the general population in order to protect their families from ungodly behavior, and they adhere very closely to the teachings of the bible, unlike many who claim "the bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it." The plain sects which most of us call Amish, are distinguishable not because they are better, more moral, than others, but because their unusual lifestyle serves as a reminder to themselves that they need to obey God.