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Learn From Amish Community

Don't you think we all have a lot to learn from how the Amish community has conducted themselves after the fatal shootings? They have forgiven the person who shot the girls and reached out to his family.

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To Whosoever has an ear to hear?

We are to speak of those things that are of good report and this act of love on the part of the Amish community is a good testimony of the Love of God.

1John4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
---Shawn.M.T on 10/6/08


The Amish community handled this despicable attack on their children with the greatest possible respect. If only we could all be so classy. The wider community should push for biblical punishments for murder that such carnage is not seen to go injudiciously.

I salute the Amish community.
---Robert on 1/30/08


Yes we should learn from them. Jesus said to love another & not to have hate in his heart.Even though it is a tradegy what this person did to those girls & sin a BIG sin, we should forgive because carrying the burrdon is worse then forgiving no matter the situation.
---Candice on 5/30/07


The Amish believe in the after life, of enternal life. They are at peace because they have no reason to believe these girls did anything wrong, they will live eternally with the great creator. There belief is that we work every day on this Earth to make it to heaven! I second this belief, they know that there children rest in the arms of the great. The sadness is that the man that created these acts will never make it there. Bless them for embracing the family of the man.
---Dina on 10/27/06


Susie, we can only judge by their actions. They have shown forgiveness and seem at peace with God, even through these tough times. Why would you question what is in their hearts? We should learn from how they have reacted during this dreadful ordeal.
---NV_Barbara on 10/24/06




Although we see a very forgiving community in the media, no one really knows what is in their hearts.
---Susie on 10/16/06


Randy -- Don't get me wrong. I DO forgive from my heart every Muslim terrorist. They are walking in deep deception. Their whole world is death and darkness. They have been taught from any early age to worship an angry god who has no mercy.

But I will do every thing I know...in the flesh and in the spirit...to prevent the spread of evil.
---Donna2277 on 10/16/06


If the Pharisees didn't acknowledge Jesus is the Son of God after seeing Jesus perform all those miracles, then do you really think the world will "learn" to forgive from watching someone else do it? I wish they would. I wish everyone would do what the Amish did, but they won't and they don't. Let's keep praying according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.
---Donna9759 on 10/16/06


Randy --appreciate your reminder of Christs teachings. But how would the world be different if we told Islamic terrorists that we love and forgive them? Well...there would be more buildings blown up, more Christians beheaded, we'd all be speaking Arabic and would spread the Gospel only under threats of torture and death. Jesus might be pleased with that, but I doubt it.
---Donna2277 on 10/16/06


I agree with you Jhonny. I related earlier before the Colorado/Amish tragedies on How to forgive blog, the dangers of handing your children over to predators. They rarely show themselves, and it is epidemic. Amish were on their own turf, and they are an example of bearing one another's burdens and forgiveness.
---Shiela on 10/16/06




The lines between the good and the bad are blurred these days. Too any shades of grey.
Sexual psychopaths in abundance. Child sexual abuse is 30 times higher with teachers than priests. This is an example of the end result/condition of a growing disease, death. There is no cure they say. Is forgiveness the cure? Tolerance and low sentences for people in authority will result in a greater need for forgiveness when their crimes evolve.
---jhonny on 10/16/06


What if we were to do this on a broader scale and tell the Islamic terrorists that we forgive them. How would our world be different if we followed Christs injunction to love our enemies and turn the other cheek?
---randy on 10/16/06


The Amish families invited the murderer's family members to their daughters' funerals and some family members even visited his home and extended forgiveness. They have been heard to say that his family has it harder because they must live with the guilt and shame of what their father and husband did to those girls. They believe their girls are in a better place.
---Madison1101 on 10/15/06


Robert: Who do you suggest the authorities punish for these murders? The perpetrator killed himself.
---Madison1101 on 10/15/06


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