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The Amish Vs. The Roman Catholic Church

A comparison of the religious beliefs and norms of The Amish and The Roman Catholic Church
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Greta Saccuzzo

on 18 September 2012

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Amish religion originated from the Mennonites. Most Amish beliefs and customs come from the Ordung. Their ultimate purpose in life is to serve Christ and live a simple and Austere life. The Amish
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The Roman Catholic Baptism Beliefs the Amish practice adult baptism, called "believer's baptism" Bible the Amish see the Bible as the Word of God Education Amish children do not receive any further education after 8th grade due to their beliefs Eternal Security think that this belief is a sign of arrogance Evangelism spreading the gospel is not done at all today Heaven/Hell The Amish believe in the existence of both Heaven and Hell Jesus Christ share the fundamental beliefs about Jesus Christ Separation isolation from society is one of the key Amish beliefs Trinity In Amish belief, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are equal and eternal Works many congregations practice salvation by works Worship Service Rituals conducted on alternating Sundays in each others' homes
men and women sit in separate rooms of the house
sing hymns in unison, but don't play musical instruments Types of Rituals rituals are an integral part of daily living
both social and ceremonial rituals take place
social rituals include child rearing, kinship duties, visiting
ceremonial rituals include baptism, marriages, communion, funerals Adult baptism follows a period of nine sessions of formal instruction
teenage candidates baptized during regular worship services
applicants kneel and answer four questions to confirm their commitment to the church
boys receive a Holy Kiss from the deacon and girls from the deacon's wife
bread and wine are shared at the communion service
men and women sit in different rooms and wash each other's feet Religious Experience Sacraments Commitment Ethics The Amish have a strong sense of commitment to God, as well as to their families and the congregation and community. Obedience and Authority The Amish must have a willingness to be obedient to the precepts of the Bible, the rule of the Ordung and the leaders of the Church community. Sense of Purpose Amish religion is based on a personal faith in God. Their practices are designed to maintain a relationship with God, to live a life that is pleasing to Him, set a good example and to grow in purity and humility, thus attaining eternity in Heaven. Simplicity The Amish mindset is to pursue a life that is free of the non-essential. They do this through their plain clothing and simple way of living. They strive not to live beyond their means. Work Ethic The Amish believe in honest labor, simply providing for oneself and one's family. Amish children are taught to participate in family chores from a young age and the entire family is accustomed to working hard. The hex sign, a geometric motif in the form of large stars traditionally painted on facades or gables of Amish communities. Symbols The Ordnung Texts A set of oral rules for living, which has been handed down from generation to generation. The Bible Thought be the Amish to be the inspired and inerrant Word of God. It is interpreted quite literally by the Amish, explaining certain aspects of their lifestyle. The Church Social Structure
Christ is considered the Lord of the church, he is their leader and The Bible their government. Within the Church there is one bishop, two or four preachers and one elder. Government There is no governing body as everyone is considered to be equal. The man is the leader within the household. Similarities/
Differences by Dana, Greta and Hannah
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