What would it be like if you had never watched television? What If you didn't own a CD player? What would your home be like if you didn't own a telephone? How would your parents go to work if they didn't have a car? Welcome to the world of the Amish a people rich in history and culture! Who are the Amish?
The Amish are a Christian religious group that stresses humility, family, community and separation from the rest of the world. The Amish came from Europe to the New World beginning in the first half of the 1700’s. Probably the best known Amish community in the United States is in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Most Americans identify the Amish as a conservative religious group with plain dress, a simple way of life, and a great work ethic, but know little else about them. What does it mean to be Amish?
They dress different and their lifestyle is different, but is that the only difference between the Amish and the people of the mainstream American culture? America's 150,000 member Amish minority, which is situated throughout the U.S. mainly in Indiana, Ohio, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has been one of the most successful among the nation's religious and ethnic groups in opposing change and in saving the social integration of their small communities. The Amish minority is a society that differs from its mainstream American culture and portrays how the mainstream culture reflects the minority's needs.
The Amish believe that:
* The Bible is the inspired word of God
* There is one God eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Romans 8:1-17). * God loved the world so much that he gave his only son, Jesus, to die on the cross for the sins of the world. * Through faith in the shed blood of Jesus we are reconciled to God. * Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ, a free gift bestowed by God on those who repent and believe. * As Christians, we should live as brothers
* The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, and...
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