17 responses to What do Amish think about other religions?
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    Patricia Van Name
    Comment on What do Amish think about other religions? (March 2nd, 2011 at 13:02)

    I have recently moved to Berne, Indiana. Reading this website has educated me about the Amish.

    I do have one question.

    As a newcomer to the community, what is the correct way to acknowledge a person of this community. I walk daily and pass individuals from this community on the sidewalks frequently.

    Is it correct to speak and say good morning?

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      Comment on Amish & friendliness (November 6th, 2012 at 12:00)

      Amish & friendliness

      I have found that most Amish are not outgoing, but that doesn’t mean they are not friendly.
      They do enjoy conversations, and I’ve enjoyed good exchanges, even or maybe, especially, about faith.

      I’m also surprised how many wave from their buggies at me as I drive by them-I would think they get tired of waving, not all do, but some wave & I appreciate that.

      Enjoy your walks in a unique environment!

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    Sure thing Patricia, glad you found the site. And on saying hello, feel free to. Like any other folks Amish appreciate friendly greetings.

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    Comment on What do Amish think about other religions? (March 26th, 2011 at 13:07)

    This website is very helpful! (: I was just wondering on how their beliefs differ from Chritans/ Lutherans.I tried to do some research, but can’t seem to find a straight answer..
    Thank you! it would be a great help!

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      Barb Zimmerman
      Comment on What do Amish think about other religions? (January 6th, 2015 at 14:32)

      To Sara – I found a free Kindle book on Amazon (A History of American Christianity [Kindle Edition] by Leonard Woolsey Bacon) that covers the fascinating history of the Pre-Revolution German migration to America (along with all other denominations). The Germans came in 3 groups: Amish/Mennonite, Lutheran, and Moravian. Pre-Revolution they all worshipped together because of the small communities and/or shared buildings and few ministers. Then the Lutherans wanted their own ordinations and worship services. As to the differences you were wondering about, all Protestants have the same basic beliefs on salvation, God, Jesus, etc., but the differences in the denominations really come through the services of communion and baptism, and that is where Amish and Lutherans really differ.

      You will find Amish beliefs to be basically the same as in any Protestant church, both correct and incorrect. Since the Amish church leadership controls the service, the biblical knowledge (or lack of same) is very dependent on that. Like all Protestants, the ultimate responsibility is upon the individual to study the Bible, but since their Bible is in German, not many can read it. They depend on the same English translations we all study. So, basically, they are the same as any Protestant Christian today.

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    Comment on Death Prior to Baptism? (March 24th, 2012 at 16:37)

    Death Prior to Baptism?


    What does Amish (or Anabaptist rather) theology say in regard to the soul of a person who has died prior to baptism? Does a “lost” soul mean hell or is it something else? I also understand most Amish, as stated on your website, do not believe baptism is assurance of salvation. But, again, is baptism a pre-requisite for salvation?

    I’ve been trying to find answers, but have not been successful. Any assistance would be very welcome.



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      Comment on Saved by Grace (November 5th, 2012 at 12:02)

      Saved by Grace

      Amish believe salvation comes by works and also believe baptism is part of salvation, so if a person dies before baptism and baptism is part of works than they do not go to heaven, I think? That would be most logical right?
      The problem is, with all religions not based on the authority of Gods word, there must be exception upon exception to cover mans fallible interpretation of Gods word.
      In other words if we take Gods infallible word (The Authorized K.J.V. Bible) and line it up with itself we find consistency. I.E. Ephesians.2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: vs.9 Not of works, lest any man should boast”. That is vs.8 “not of yourselves” and vs.9 “not of works” lines up perfectly with
      Tit 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
      6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
      7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life”.
      I do realize you are just looking into the Amish religion but please don’t forget the word of God.

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        Comment on What do Amish think about other religions? (November 6th, 2012 at 11:45)

        There are Amish that do believe that their works will saved them, maybe even too many of them. But not all do that. Some do believe that they are or will be saved by grace by faith. But they also believe in reading the rest of the context of Eph 2, continue reading the 10th verse. We are saved onto good works. Not onto complacency, or just to get to heaven. We are saved to obey while we are here on earth and to get to heaven afterwards. Support for the position is also found in James 2(most of the chapter) and a very important verse in a Christians life: John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. One can continue to read John 14 through verse 24 to learn that loving God means following his Word. What part of His Word? 2Ti 3:16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

        The point is that one cannot separate faith from good works. Good works being the commands of God throughout the entire Bible. Some things are cancel by later scripture, that is why we do not observe the Jewish ceremonies. But under no circumstances are we saved to ignore God and His Word, remaining conformed to the world. Indeed, when we are given a saving faith, we love God’s Word in a way that compels us to obedience to that Word.

        This is the difference between just Orthodoxy alone and Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy together. I see both as required for a complete faith in the God of the Bible.

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    Comment on Saved by Grace (November 7th, 2012 at 14:21)

    Saved by Grace

    Thank you for your comment Lance. I am from mid-Michigan area. The Amish in our area believe they are saved by Grace but must keep good works to continue to be saved, which is what I think you are talking about. This is not consistent with Gods word. I believe James 2 lines up and compliments Ephesians 2. Verse 10 of Ephesians does not change the context of the chapter, saved by Grace. Verse 10 states The God of The Bible is in control, His creation,(saved by Grace) through Christ produces good works. Faith and works as stated in James are inseparable Graces and are the result of the saving Grace in Ephesians. One without the other is not Grace. If you have Faith and no works you were never saved by Grace , if you have works and no faith you were never saved by Grace.

    If you would allow me sir I like to comment on Scripture canceling later Scripture. The Jewish ceremonies that we do not observe today were types and pictures of the coming messiah, the Saving Grace of God thought the shed blood of The Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of calvary, Promised By God starting in Geneses 3:15 and throughout the old testament. After Christ came we no longer have a need to bring sacrifices and such unto God. Jesus paid it all once, and for all his people. In Isaiah Gods word tells us Isa 28:13 “But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.” Also in Ps 12:6 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever”. Not one single word shall ever cancel another . God Holy word was write by The Most Holy God of The Bible. 2Pe 1:21 “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

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    Comment on What do Amish think about other religions? (November 26th, 2012 at 08:19)

    I actually believe that they believe God will sort who is saved and that the best they can do is to try and show their love for him through their works.

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    Comment on What do Amish think about other religions? (September 17th, 2013 at 18:33)

    This is why I love and respect the Amish so much. Unlike some people, they mind their own business and they do not try to shove their beliefs upon others. They may not agree with one’s beliefs at times, but they respect people enough to not shove what they believe in others faces. Like homosexuality? Even though they may not believe in it, they do not go around with signs saying homosexuals are going to Hell. I respect these people sooooo much.

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    Comment on Submitting to God's teachings (October 25th, 2013 at 16:01)

    Submitting to God's teachings

    how do you find an amish church near you? i live in ks and would like some amish friends my age i am 28 leave comments at my address BethanyAnne22@gmail.com. thanks i am at a lost… at how to correspond to them!

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    Comment on What do Amish think about other religions? (March 1st, 2015 at 11:47)

    This article is so inaccurate. As a former Amish I know for a fact that most of this is not true & there is no way that anyone that has not been Amish can know their true belief & way of life

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      Maybe you could point out just what is “inaccurate”? Or, you might elaborate why it is impossible for non-Amish to understand “their true belief and way of life”. Otherwise, not sure what this adds.

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        Comment on What do Amish think about other religions? (March 1st, 2015 at 16:39)

        I said MOST of it. I could take up this whole space to say what is inaccurate & tell you what Amish life really is but I am not going to do that.

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    Forest in North Carolina
    Comment on What do Amish think about other religions? (March 1st, 2015 at 17:41)

    I’ll make a couple points here. One, you don’t sound like a “former Amish” to me; frankly I don’t believe you know much at all about Amish life. The article is generally pretty accurate. Two, your attitude is also pretty uncharitable for a “former Amish”; if you are too lazy or uncaring to correct what you perceive as someone’s error, then you have no business complaining about it.

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      Mark – Holmes Co.
      Comment on What do Amish think about other religions? (March 2nd, 2015 at 10:06)

      Forest, you took the words out of my mind before I had a chance to read your comment, but having read your comment, I agree with you. I also reread the article. I am a member in an Old Amish church and I am in agreement with what was written. Oh sure, it won’t apply to every community, group or person, but like you said, it is generally pretty accurate.

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