Cruelty and Violence
Science and History
Changes in the BoM
-Book of Alma
Cruelty and Violence in Alma
- "What he had taught to the people was contrary to the word of God; and there he suffered an
Nehor was killed for teaching the heresy of universalism. 1:4,
- Those who refuse to kill a murderer must have his blood fall upon them.
- God helped the Nephites slaughter 12,532 Amlicites. 2:18-19
- The Lord did hear their cries [he had his hearing aid on], ... and the Lamanites and Amlicites did fall
before them. 2:28
- God will destroy those who don't repent. 8:16, 9:12
- Some people will be tortured forever in the fires of hell. 12:17
- "The Spirit constraineth me.">
Alma refuses to ask God to prevent the burning to death of women and children. It is "the will of the
- Ammon killed "a certain number" of people with his sling. 17:36
- Ammon smote off their arms with his sword. 17:37-38
- Ammon carried the arms that he had cut off to show to the king. 17:39
- "Tens of thousands of Lamanites (Native Americans) were slain and scattered abroad."
- The bodies of "many thousands" were left to rot on the ground. 28:11
- So many died in the religious war that the dead bodies couldn't be counted.
- Since Alma can't refute Korihor's arguments, he says he'll have God smite him so that he can no longer
speak. It's better, he says, that Korihor's soul be lost than that he convince others that there is no God.
- Korihor "was struck dumb ... according to the words of Alma." 30:50
- "The curse was not taken off of Korihor; but he was cast out, and went about from house to house
begging for his food." 30:56
- The chief judge warned everyone not to believe Korihor or they will also be struck dumb and be forced to
beg for their food. 30:57
- Korihor was trampled upon by the Nephites until he was dead.
- If you ask God to kill your enemies, he will do it for you. 33:10
- Evil people are those who "have no part or portion of the Spirit of the Lord." They will be
"cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth."
- God is with Moroni and the Nephites. The Lord has delivered the Lamanites into their hands "because of [their]
religion and [their] faith in Christ." 44:3
- "Now ye see that this is the true faith of God." (You can tell by all the nonbelievers they kill.)
- In the war with the Lamanites, God is on the Nephites side. He just likes their religion better.
- Moroni's soldiers perform a live scalping to frighten their enemies. 44:12-15
- Moroni gets angry and orders his people to kill the Lamanites, which was exceedingly easy since they were all naked
as jaybirds. 44:17-18
- If the Nephites forsake God, then God will tear them to pieces. 46:21
- The Nephites make a deal with God. If they fail to follow God properly, then God can kill them all.
- Those who will not support the cause of freedom are put to death. (The Bush Doctrine?)
- Moroni writes a petition empowering him "to compel those dissenters to defend their country or
to put them to death." 51:15
- Four thousand dissenters were "hewn down by the sword." 51:19
- Teancum snuck into the king's tent and stuck a javelin into his heart.
- There is an "awful hell that awaits" those who fail to repent. 54:7
- Moroni threatens to kill all the Lamanites, taking "blood for blood" and "life for life."
- The Nephites kill two thousand Lamanites after they had surrenedered as prisoners of war.
- Moroni executed "those king-men" who refused to fight for their country.
- "Whosoever was found denying their freedom was speedily executed." 62:10
- Moroni "inflicted death upon all those who were not true to the cause of freedom."
- Moroni kills many of the Lamanites as they try to escape. 62:25-26
- Teancum sneaks into the Lamanite's camp and throws a javelin into the king's heart.
- Moroni and the Nephites slay the Lamanites "with a great slaughter." 62:38