Friday, October 14, 2011

Nice to know.

So this is something I've been wondering about for a long time-- did Jesus Christ suffer the pains of all the miserable women who have lived since the beginning of the world when he atoned for us? Does he know the agony of childbirth?

And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam. (2 Nephi 9:21 emphasis added)

Well according to this scripture I read last night, he did and he does. Nice to know.


Veronica said...

I have always wondered this too. I definitely think he suffered all pains, even childbirth! He's the only man who truly understands what we have been through.

Mrs. Potts said...

One of my all-time favorite quotes:

"We talk in great generalities about the sins of all humankind, about the suffering of the entire human family. But we don’t experience pain in generalities. We experience it individually.
That means he knows what it felt like when your mother died of cancer- how it was for your mother, how it still is for you. He knows what it felt like to lose the student body election. He knows that moment when the brakes locked and the car started to skid. He experienced the slave ship sailing from Ghana toward Virginia. He experienced the gas chambers at Dachau. He experienced napalm in Vietnam. He knows about drug addiction and alcoholism.
Let me go further. There is nothing you have experienced as a woman that he does not know and recognize.
On a profound level, he understands the hunger to hold your baby that sustains you through pregnancy.
He understands both the physical pain of giving birth and the immense joy. He knows about PMS and cramps and menopause. He understands about rape and infertility and abortion.
He understands your mother-pain when your five-year-old leaves for kindergarten, when a bully picks on your fifth-grader, when your daughter calls to say that the new baby has Down’s Syndrome. He knows your mother-rage when a trusted babysitter sexually abuses your two-year-old, when someone gives your thirteen-year-old drugs, when someone seduces your seventeen-year-old. He knows the pain you live with when you come home to a quiet apartment where the only visitors are children, when you hear that your former husband and his new wife were sealed in the temple last week, when your fiftieth wedding anniversary rolls around and your husband has been dead for two years.
He knows all that.
He’s been there."
-Chieko Okazaki

Linda said...

I'm absolutely sure he knows exactly what childbirth feels like for women. He also knows how to help you through it. Isn't that wonderful to know? It is for me!

Camilla said...

Sometimes it is a little hard to process the fact that an entire half of the human race really can't fathom what bearing and birthing a child is like. Of course their support is essential, and I personally am so grateful for it, but it's still not something they'll ever go through themselves. That the Savior CAN understand it is one of the most wonderful things I can think of. Thanks for this insight!

Dahlia said...

It is nice to know that someone else can empathize exactly what you've been and are going through, and won't one up you with his own hard experiences. :)

Justin and Alicia said...

Okay so funny thing you type day in church someone at the pulpit said something like, "And ladies? moms out there, you go through something that the men have never experienced and will never ever experience. Having a baby inside of you and then experiencing that child being born". Now I know she meant the best of intention with saying that. But it got me....then I asked the same question you did. However, to add to that my question is, If we are to become God's and Goddess and create our own worlds would the men then have to know every part of pain that happens in women? and vise versa for the women? Another question, does the words we often hear that says we will become perfected in Him have a deeper meaning then we think? We will become perfect in all knowledge, in pain even? ....not gonna lie...don't know if I want a perfect knowledge of pain...just sayin :)

NoSurfGirl said...

It's true. Christ didn't and doesn't have a uterus, but he's half a God. So he could take all our suffering on himself. And I think a big part of the agony of childbirth is fear... fear for the baby, for the process, and for the coming life change... as a woman at about the same stage you are, I find myself ruminating on this a lot too. Maybe I need to dip into that atonement more.