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#1 pooter1


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:43 AM

If the atonement was about jesus atoning for our sins then how does he know how it feels to have depression or mental disability?Having depression is not a sin so this is something he did not feel in the garden? Was it just the sins in the garden of gethsemane? Ive got know if he knows how I feel living with depression and an anxiety disorder.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:21 AM

The scriptures teach us that Christ descended below all thngs (D&C 122). He suffered for all our infirmities (Alma 7). On the cross, he was completely abandoned by the Father, so he would have to suffer the terrors of crucifixion and the atonement alone (My God, why hast thou forsaken me?). He understands anxiety and mental disorders. He's suffered worse than we have, or we can even imagine. He knows how to help you with your struggles. He may not take them away in this life, but allow you to deal with them, so you can then understand the struggles of others and perhaps help them, as well.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:24 AM

11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

It's not just sin.

Edited by Dravin, 16 January 2013 - 05:31 AM.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:07 AM

Isaiah teaches that He carried our sorrows and bore our griefs. I'm often more grateful for that aspect of the Atonement than I am for the sin part.

Edited by Wingnut, 16 January 2013 - 09:14 AM.

Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. -- C.S. Lewis

If we're going to be stupid about this, we're going to be stupid on my terms. -- my husband

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:01 AM

Yes, he knows!!! He truly has carried all of our sorrows and bore our griefs.
1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, ...we shall be changed.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:30 PM

Thank you for the replies and all the scriptures.This makes me feel better.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:41 PM

The Infinite Atonement book by Calister explains this really well.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:11 AM

The point of the Atonement was over come all the effects of the Fall. Because mortality was part of these effects, with all its diseases and ailments.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:29 AM

I imagine Jesus felt depressed when he tried so hard to teach people the right way to go, when he knew the consequences, and when people laughed and mocked him. That would sure depress me!

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:51 PM

I have on occasion wondered how Christ could feel the same things that I, as a woman, have felt. I'll talk generally here, and not specifics, but, for example, I can agonize and be heartbroken over certain events, that my husband is able to compartmentalize, and go on about his life and not let it overcome him. Whereas, I'm nearly devastated by it, and yes I can go on about my life, but for me, it's not compartmentalized, but integrated and everything is emotionally linked. I just need to trust that the atonement really will take care of all hurts.

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