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On the Amish: ‘Bright Witness to Hope’

Best thing I read all week on the Amish community’s response to the murder of five of its children was this editorial from The Dallas Morning News, written by Beliefnet’s own “Crunchy Con” blogger Rod Dreher.

“In our time, religion makes the front pages usually in the ghastliest ways. In the name of God, the faithful fly planes into buildings, blow themselves up to murder the innocent, burn down rival houses of worship, insult and condemn and cry out to heaven for vengeance… But sometimes, faith helps ordinary men and women do the humanly impossible: to forgive, to love, to heal and to redeem. It makes no sense. It is the most sensible thing in the world. The Amish have turned this occasion of spectacular evil into a bright witness to hope. Despite everything, a light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”

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posted October 10, 2006 at 12:00 am

I agree that Dreher’s column is the best reporting that’s come out of this tragedy. But I’d disagree with him on one thing: he says “… faith helps ordinary men and women do the humanly impossible: to forgive, to love, to heal and to redeem.” I believe these very actions are what makes us MOST human. Its very essence is why “…a light shines in the darkness…” It is not senseless. It is who and what we are. The Amish are examples of this power to love, forgive and renew. It’s humbling.

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posted October 10, 2006 at 6:23 pm

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness, in a descending spiral of destruction. The chain reaction of evil must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Bonnie Waldron

posted October 10, 2006 at 7:46 pm

I think it is absolutely astoundingly beautiful what the Amish have done with their major crisis they have had befallen upon them. I thought upon first hearing the terrible new’s that where it had happened was such an odd place because of their unwavering faith in the Amish community. Yea, who’s really in charge. We know that God is all powerful! and this particular case I believe wholeheartedly God used as the PERFECT example for forgiveness! Which I know is ever so…important for the redemption of our own soul’s. We absolutely, must!!! forgive one another and ourselves just as God has forgiven us.Yes, friend’s in jesus Christ, God does work in mysterious way’s.But, what a powerful brilliant and yes EXTRA_ordinary (God bless the girl’s beautiful soul’s) circumstance to bring such a loud and clear lesson to Gods’ children. We will all betogether in the end and to me the children are what life is all…about. GODS CHILDREN!!! praise the lord all…Bonnieandch

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Bonnie Waldron

posted October 10, 2006 at 7:49 pm

God is love…

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posted October 10, 2006 at 8:47 pm

God is truth, love is the only way to see truth… Jesus is love “i am the path” in the beginning there was the word the word is truth and god, the one god, the one truth that all other gods and all other truths stem, all other gods and all other truths are nothing without the one god without the one truth. We are all nothing as individuals compared to god, our love allows others to see god, and even the murderers must be loved to end the hate, and they will see god and the truth that they misunderstood, and they will know they were wrong, they will return to god and be perfected and immortalized as all others, not as individuals, but as the one eternal spirit we all share inside…. the spirit that’s root is in the one truth in god, whos stem is love and whos branches are the false paths, we must not look to our options and tomarow or the events that happen around us for truth, we must look inside for love, and only see with love not with eyes, so that we may only see truth not lies… the death of anyone is a lie, the life of everyone is a lie, we are and therefore will be forever, there is no truth that can die and if we are truely alive than we will be for all time once we remember our one-ness with god… remember unity for all time! love all that has caused you harm and love the day you die more than all others as it will be the day that you fly and are born into a new world of truth and forever, free of illusion and lies, to return to god walk a straight line and never look back

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posted October 10, 2006 at 10:03 pm

Love comes through for higher beings here on earth. Thank you for this article and thank you each and everyone for sharing, Joy (southern California)

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posted October 11, 2006 at 3:17 pm

I spent 14 years in Dallas and never read such an important reaction to “bad news” by the Dallas Morning News. The most recent tragedy in Pennsylvania has focused many of us on acceptance and the way the Amish understand God’s forgiveness. (my first reply ever to a blog)

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posted October 11, 2006 at 8:01 pm

Thanks, Andy. Keep posting!

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