Bill Reel examines within the pain of a faith transition the development from Sympathy to Empathy. We look at what each of these look like and how they express themselves within our faith and within our faith transitions.
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Unfortunately as humans we don’t have an infinite amount of empathy to offer. It’s self consuming and wears you out emotionally. A certain amount of self care is needed afterwards least you are left destitute yourself.
I sort of hate the Good Samaritan parable for that reason, because I feel like crap when I have to turn my back on the poor and destitute.
However, in many other circumstances we can do better, and I love how you call out on the scriptures where they are wrong. It’s high time we point out circumstances found in scripture where we simply know better than that.
Although for D&C 121 perhaps Joseph needed to hear the voice a vengeful god for his emotional needs. Sometimes that’s what we need. Again, you’re right.