7 responses to 1001 Questions Excerpts & Winner
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    Al in Ky
    Comment on 1001 Questions Excerpts & Winner (December 26th, 2014 at 06:57)

    Thanks for sharing more excerpts from the book. It helps us further understand Amish life from an Amish source. Thanks also for sharing the link to ordering Pathway books. I had no idea their listing of books and other publications was available online, but I see that it is an independent distributor of Pathway books and not a site maintained by Pathway itself.

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    Leon Moyer
    Comment on self justification (December 26th, 2014 at 15:42)

    self justification

    It is interesting to note the answer given by the Amish for making of church rules–they refer to Acts chapter 15 as their authority to make rules. Yet it is quite clear that after the apostles and disciples made their decision they added that “no greater burden” be added than these things! This certainly included clothing! Acts 15: 28 “For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

    29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.”
    As to the Bible teaching on a woman wearing a veil, I would like to know why those who claim to practice this don’t actually wear a veiling like eastern (Muslim, etc.) religions practice? The scripture speaks of the woman’s head being covered, which includes the face, not merely parts of the head! This also explains why a man may pray with a hat on his head–it doesn’t cover his head entirely. Otherwise, men would never be able to wear a hat, since we are to “pray without ceasing”. I Thess. 5:17

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      Jonathan Edwards
      Comment on 1001 Questions Excerpts & Winner (December 29th, 2014 at 13:57)

      You have a good point that the thrust of Acts 15 is toward freedom. But this is freedom from the Law of Moses. This raises a whole array of exegetical and hermeneutical questions that cannot be addressed briefly. I only want to make the observation that moving from ‘freedom from the Law of Moses’ to individual freedoms as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence is to change subjects, or at least is a considerable leap.

      The katakalupto Paul enjoined women to wear was not informed by Islamic practice because Muhammed wasn’t born until the end of the sixth century. A perusal of Greek literature reveals that this word always refers to the head but not the face. And men may wear a hat but not during prayer because two concepts are involved, the symbolism of the act (affirming the male-female headship order) and the matter of modesty. There is some complexity to this issue so perhaps you will still object but maybe another time, another place.

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    Comment on 1001 Questions Excerpts & Winner (December 26th, 2014 at 18:46)

    A little problem with saying ‘this certainly included clothing’ is that there are commands to have modest clothing in the New Testament: “1Ti 2:9 ¶ In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”.

    The idea that ‘no greater burden’ means that there are no commands of behavior to be obeyed by the NT believer is to cause one to edit out much of Paul’s writings from the Bible. That cannot be. 1Co 14:33 “For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” If there is confusion and strife, it is of man and satan, not from God. Since God wrote that verse about modest apparel, you can be absolutely sure He wants all believing women to be adorned in modest apparel all of the time. A believing woman sees that, an unbeliever strives against it. Godly faith is seen in obedience to God’s commands. John 14:15-24. Eph 2:8-10 tells us that our works don’t save us, but that we are saved to do good works.

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on 1001 Questions Excerpts & Winner (December 27th, 2014 at 15:01)

    Happy 2015 to all!

    Please consider this as a tongue in cheek response to the warning against cities. Isn’t Heaven described as the new Jerusalem (a well-known beloved city of Israel), and aren’t we supposed to compare our faith as to a city set upon a hill for all to see? I was born in a rural setting and am so glad God created cities with plenty of concrete and asphalt to roll my wheelchair upon.

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    Tom A Geist
    Comment on Got a Copy... (December 27th, 2014 at 21:32)

    Got a Copy...


    This Christmas season I took a trip to meet some of the Amish Newspaper scribes in (mainly) Kentucky. In Scottsville, Kentucky the scribe actually made me a little breakfast, since I arrived there way early in the mornings with donuts. They also gave me one of these “1001 Questions…” book with a note inscribed. Nice people to meet.

    A side note is that they had 4 turkeys that would follow you around from the car to the house. If you were with the scribe they were OK, but if alone they would get close and swat you with their feathers….just to let you know who was in charge. LOL Great fun!

    Tom Geist—Lincoln, Nebraska

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    Comment on 1001 Questions Excerpts & Winner (December 28th, 2014 at 12:44)

    Thanks so much to random.org, Eric, Amish America & ShipshewanaIndiana!
    New Year Blessings to All!

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