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Like most cultures and societies, they are based on rules. By following the Ordnung, the members of the community observe who follows and who does not. Being part of the community is very important to every Amish person. These rules are not in place to get people in trouble. They are designed to assist the Amish live a Christian Life. The Ordnung is based on a lot of Scriptural principles.
This is why the Amish have a rule regarding plain dress. Plain dress is based on several Scripture passages that say Christians should not adorn themselves with jewelry, expensive clothes, and braiding of the hair. The Amish believe self-expression is not a Christ like trait and prevents pride and envy.
The Ordnung provides guidance on everything from the use of technology to type of clothing to use of appliances and all aspects of their way of life. Following the Ordnung cultivates a humble spirit and simple living. This is done for the benefit of the entire Amish Community.
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