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their instuction for shunning from the Bible in I Corrinthians 511 which says But now I am writting to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother or sister who is sexually immoral or greedy or is an idolater reviler drunkard or robber Do not even eat with such a one27 Once a person has been shunned if they acknowledge their sins and wish to make ammends with the community they are allowed back into the fellowship usually after two or three weeks28 The practice of washing feet comes from the scripture of John 13 The Amish follow a strict and literal interpretation of the Bible and just as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the last supper the Amish wash eachothers feet at the observance of communion They stoop when washing eachothers feet as a symbol of humility29 Currently many of the important differences in the Amish way of life are the customs and moral principles Such beliefs have become known to the Amish followers as the Amish Charter This is an unwritten set of rules and beliefs that all Amish people strive to uphold and use as a guide in their daily lives30 While the Amish subscribe to basic Christian beliefs such as the belief in a divine Christ heaven and hell recieving inspiraton from scripture and the church as the body of Christ the Amish tradition differs from many other modern religions in that their faith is combined in their entire culture31 The Amish culture is based on ideals which are in direct contrast with the ideals of modern American culture In todays society emphasis is placed on the individual and thier ability to acheive personal success and fulfillment However in the Amish culture all emphasis is on the community The basic concepts of Amish culture can best be described by the German word Gelassenheit32Gelassenheit is an abstract concept which encompasses many aspects
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