Skip to comments.Amish mourn gunman in school rampage (offer heartfelt forgiveness at Roberts funeral)
Posted on 10/07/2006 1:19:17 PM PDT by NYer
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Amish girls peer out the window of a buggy as they pass through town before the start of a funeral procession of Anna Mae Stoltzfus, age 12, a victim of the Amish school shooting in the town of Nickel Mines, Penn., on 06 October 2006. Four other victims killed by Charles Roberts were buried 05 October 2006. Five other girls remain in critical or serious condition.(AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
"It was just getting to be too much," said Jane Kreider, a 48-year-old teacher's aide in Georgetown. "It was just, 'Get out of dodge, get out of our town and we'll pull together.'"
Even the non-Amish had enough of the newshogs. Thanksfully they have moved on to their next feeding frenzy.
Thank goodness they will be able to make their rounds in some semblence of peace.
I wonder if they will do any searching on the hard drive of his computer at home. Would the results of their findings be interesting to see that these things always come with a trail.
Words the media needs to hear a lot more of. We would all be a lot better off.
We stand to learn a lot form the Amish.
The media has become this surreal gigantic python, coiling around a story and squeezing the breath out of it, and then moving on to the next target. On my commute through Bart Township, I never had any notion that someday the quiet roads would become absolutely choked with news vans. It is just too absurd to contemplate, even now.
I'm sure the alphabet networks will be making TV movies about it very soon.
Just reading this brings tears to my eyes and a pain in my heart.....
I have alot of 'Jesus' learning to relearn before I die, to forgive someone for killing your child is something I don't know if I could do, and to see The Lord on Judgement day, I must beable to forgive that much....
....back to Bible learning for me....
Once again, the Amish demonstrate their fidelity to the teachings of Jesus. It is an impressive, and awe-inspiring thing.
They mourn the very man who caused the death of their children. Few can do this, and only through devotion to the teachings of Jesus are they able to do so.
Their strength of faith should be a beacon to other Christians, in my opinion, and an inspiration to non-Christians. They certainly inspire me.
For those who are interested in learning where this forbearance on the part of the Amish arises, all that is needed is a careful reading of Matthew, Chapters 5-7. It's all in there. It is the core of true Christianity.
See my #11. It is from Jesus' own words, as recorded in the four Gospels that the Amish draw their strength of faith. If you would study to learn how the Amish follow Jesus, you'll find it there.
Amen to that. Even if you do not share their faith, the extent to which they are willing to adhere to such, in the face of such an insane, random incident, should be a point of reflection for all.
TROPs could learn plenty about tolerance and forgiveness from the Amish.
The Amish have shown a quiet strength to the world in this.
Absolutely! Lesson #1 = turn off the tv, radio, and other intrusions in your life and use that time to raise your children with love, discipline and fear of the Lord. To forgive the man who murdered their children is to know peace in one's heart.
Looks like the Amish really do turn the other cheek. In a day of high tech, we don't have time to talk to nieghbors yada yada, these simple folks live out the Gospel in quiet yet powerful ways.
Yup. They are an example of what is best about Christianity. Most religions offer some group of believers who epitomize the core values of that religion, at least from my own experience.
The Amish, along with other of the "simple" sects of Christianity, seem to me to do that for Christianity. There are some orders of monks and nuns of Catholicism who do something very similar in following Jesus' teachings. Some offer retreats where a guy can visit for a period. Very worthwhile.
I know a monastery of Buddhists that seems to me to epitomize the core of Buddhism, as well, and have retreated there a couple of times.
I've also done a retreat at a Hindu retreat center which has about it the same simple faith.
It's terrific to see such people in real life.
That's it !
A genuine display of God in the lives of people and the lame stream media runs ... sorta' like holding up a cross in front of a vampire in the movies.
I'm sorry but...
God hasn't forgiven the gunman, why should the Amish? (If I can presume to divine God's will here.) According to the Bible, you would have to repent your sins and accept Jesus as your savior before being allowed into God's kingdom. Since the gunman's last sin was suicide, he never had the chance to repent and is therefore damned.
I find it hard to respect the Amish for their forgiving ways. It's nice and all, but every now and then PEOPLE need to take a stand against evil. How great does the sin have to be for them not to forgive? Would Hitler be forgiven? Their conscientious objection to judgment, let alone violence, makes them sheep to the slaughter and endangers the lives of their children.
The gunman is trash and I'm thankful he's dead.
I'm guessing someone might find this post offensive, but it is not meant to attack anyone personally. When one looks at the parallels between a willingness to fight against terrorists and conscientious objection to that fight, you may see my point. Those that would always refuse the fight are ripe to be slaughtered by Islamofascists.
An inspiration and few of us can emulate it.
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