“Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (Reference: 1 Peter 3:10-12 )
The historic Anabaptists examined their lives closely and sought to more closely emulate God. One reason that the Anabaptist movement started was that the bible became more readily available to the common person. Those who first started the movement read scripture and found out directly what God wanted instead of it being channeled to them through church leadership whose agenda and motivations were not always to extol their congregation but to control them. But the more they read for themselves, the less controllable they were.
The historic Anabaptist struggled to out from under the control of the church/state leadership and place themselves under God’s leadership. The discovering that they could have their own connection and relationship to God was a beginning of a new kind of faith, and the historic Anabaptists reveled in it. In the scriptures, such as I Peter, were instructions and admonitions that filled and ordered their lives. Contemporary Anabaptists and Mennonites have this in common with their spiritual ancestors – or at least that is what we strive for. I do not want to make you think historic Anabaptists were perfect. But they felt scripture did have the instructions for living perfectly.
Different religions, and the denominations within those religions view God and the bible differently. Historic Anabaptist and contemporary Anabaptists/Mennonites stand solidly in their faith beliefs, but also respect and accept what other Christians believe. It is my hope that you will learn more about Anabaptists and Mennonites, and be drawn into deeper relationship with God. Shalom beloved!