“What if I struggle with all the violence in the scriptures?” New Era, Mar. 2019, 43.
The scriptures tell many violent stories. We may be shocked and troubled by the violence we read about, but we should remember a few things:
God has commanded us to love one another, but many who reject Him and His commandments “are without affection, and they hate their own blood” (Moses 7:33).
God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts (see Isaiah 55:8–9). We trust that He is merciful, just, and all-wise and knows best how to achieve His purposes.
Sometimes “the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes” (1 Nephi 4:13).
When an entire people, despite having been warned by prophets to repent, continues in sin until it is “ripe in iniquity” (1 Nephi 17:35), the Lord may send utter destruction upon them.