The Infinite Atonement

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(This is an excerpt from the book The Infinite Atonement by Tad R. Callister.)

An attempt to master this doctrine requires an immersion of all our senses, all our feelings, and all our intellect. Given the opportunity, the Atonement will invade each of the human passions and faculties, and in so doing will invite an exhaustion of each in order to more fully grasp its meaning. Those who have refined their cultural sensitivities will approach the Atonement with a more heart- felt empathy for the tenderness and compassion it represents. Those who have sacrificed their lives in service will stand in even greater awe of him who sacrificed his all. Those who have perfected the powers of reason will probe with even deeper insight into the “whys” and “hows,” not just the consequences of this intensely sublime doctrine. And those whose spirits are pure and lives are clean will feel a closer kinship to him whose life they have but in small measure mirrored. An attempt to master this doctrine requires an immersion of all our senses, all our feelings, and all our intellect. Given the opportunity, the Atonement will invade each of the human passions and faculties, and in so doing will invite an exhaustion of each in order to more fully grasp its meaning. Those who have refined their cultural sensitivities will approach the Atonement with a more heart- felt empathy for the tenderness and compassion it represents. Those who have sacrificed their lives in service will stand in even greater awe of him who sacrificed his all. Those who have perfected the powers of reason will probe with even deeper insight into the “whys” and “hows,” not just the consequences of this intensely sublime doctrine. And those whose spirits are pure and lives are clean will feel a closer kinship to him whose life they have but in small measure mirrored.

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