I didn't know just which forum to use for this, as it's current events, Anabaptist theology, and general Christian theology from a baptist's viewpoint, so if any moderator wishes to move this, I understand. The Amish have been brought to the attention of the news media again by the depraved act of a defective individual who, thankfully, killed himself before he could kill any more children. While I deplore his acts in the strongest way, I feel it's time to post my findings about the Amish religion, gleaned over a 20-year period. First, they believe in the Holy Trinity, and most of the facts about JESUS CHRIST, including virgin birth, sinless life, incarnation, crucifixion, & resurrection.. They believe the Bible is the word of God, in the devil as a being, and in heaven & hell. But, I said, "MOST" of the facts about Jesus...not ALL. They do NOT believe in salvation by His grace. They believe that the belief in sure salvation by grace is arrogant and therefore sinful. They believe God weighs each person's life upon their deaths & then decides whether to send them to heaven or hell. THEY BELIEVE IN SALVATION BY WORKS rather than by FAITH IN JESUS. They call themselves Christian, but they AREN'T. They believe IN Jesus, (His existence) but they don't believe many of His WORDS, nor in His office as SAVIOR. Yes, they lead moral lives, but then so do most Moslems. They mis-interpret many Biblical principles. For example, they don't use electricity from the grid because they believe it yokes them together with the resta the world. (However, they don't hesitate to use water from the same rivers that "the world" uses!) They refuse to be photographed because of God's command to not make any images of any person or object. (However, they missed the part forbidding such things to be made for ICONS OF WORSHIP!) I don't wanna get off their religion & go into their goofy lifestyle, but I WOULD like to remind you that they are a CULT, as much of a cult as are the Mor(m)ons & the Jabroney False Witlesses. Their faith in the existence and deity of Jesus Christ does NOT cover their LACK of faith in Him as THE ONLY SAVIOR. They have substituted the TRADITIONS OF MAN for the COMMANDS OF GOD.