Are Amish People truly Happy?

Reading the last installment of my story, you will see that the Amish heavily influenced me to be “different” than the average main stream Christian. I studied their culture and philosophy of life. I thought the Amish believed in Salvation by faith through Grace. The only thing I thought at the time that we differed in, was concerning the keeping of Salvation. I never believed that one could lose their salvation.

It was implied in my study of the Amish that if they did anything against their tradition they would loose their salvation.

I later came to realize that the Amish did not even believe that they had salvation to begin with. That they were working towards it. And to go against their tradition, meant a sure death to hell.

I came across these videos today:

As I watched, I could so identify with the older Amish man’s quest to become good enough for God…and for feeling so defeated in the process. Always feeling like digging a hole and never getting anywhere.

I never did live the true Amish culture, i.e. horses and buggies, no electricity, etc. But I did embrace their philosophy with my mind. Which I will be getting into with more of my “story”.

What is interesting, that in my fundamental church circles, the “emerging church” and “entertainment in church” ,”phycology in church” and “market driven church” are touted as the main problems of “the church”.

I would beg to differ. While the above problems are indeed true of the church today, on the other side of the ditch is the extreme conservatism of man-made doctrines and traditions.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Matthew 15: 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Both  sides are wrong. Both sides miss the mark of what is “wrong” with the church today. Like it or not…Both sides of the issue (post modern churches and “Biblical” Christianity) cater to the flesh.

Col 2: 20-23 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,(Touch not; taste not; handle not;Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

And BOTH diminish the finished work of the cross. One doesn’t even seem to talk about it, or water it down so much, that the only thing connected to the cross is that Jesus died on it. (Post Modern Churches) And the other side of the ditch, (Conservative “Bible Believing” Churches)  the work of the cross is mentioned a lot more, but it never seems to be enough for them. In fact, it isn’t enough for them, as is demonstrated by their manipulative, spiritual abuse of people’s souls and minds.

The Amish are a prime example of the fact that modernism isn’t the problem with the church. The Amish are the least modern people. They embrace biblical family values…they don’t believe in “entertainment” in churches. They don’t believe in phycology, and they for sure aren’t market driven when it comes to growing their church.

But they are still missing the Gospel, which is a gift of God by Grace through faith, and not of works.


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5 Responses to Are Amish People truly Happy?

  1. Grace says:

    ITA. My mom was obsessed with the Amish and Mennonites and tried to model our life after them, after we started homeschooling. What a destructive, isolationist life. We did believe in salvation by grace through faith, but our entire lives revolved around separation from the world and trying to be good enough for God’s favor by our own good works. It was also a handy way to control us since any time my mom disapproved of something (perfume, banana clips, BB guns, you name it) she could label it worldly and ban it from the house. I have so much pain as I think about how we isolated ourselves from virtually all our friends and family as they became too “worldly” for us. I went through most of my life, including my teen years, attracting all kinds of attention, like a sideshow freak.

    I know Rod and Staff was one of the few curriculum companies who would sell to individuals in the early days of the homeschool movement, but I think they did untold harm in families like mine.

  2. Erika Martin says:

    I was just talking about this with our pastor yesterday when we were telling her about our backgrounds. My husband’s mother grew up Old Order Amish and we lived among them in Pennsylvania. So many people think that Amish is religion, but it’s simply a way of life, traditions. Based on fear. Of everything.

    The inner workings of the Amish are SO different from what you see in the tourist books. VASTLY different. The Amish have become a huge tourist industry in southeast PA and can you imagine how things would change in the industry if so much of this were brought to light to the public?

    When we finally started to delve into it all and then hearing the stories from my MIL and her sisters, I was SHOCKED. It’s a way of life that is brutally driven by fear and abuse.

  3. Good post. I agree that both extremes are problematic. I think there’s a reson why the Scriptures say,

    Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring, seeking someone to seize upon and devour. AMP Version.

  4. Sisterlisa says:

    I just found your blog and am so glad I did! I hope we can connect more in the future. We left the KJV-onlyism and all the fluff that goes with it. We still homeschool too, but we welcome diversity in our homeschooling, wear jeans, capris, and (gasp) even tank tops..lol

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