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Cruelty and Violence in Helaman

  1. Those who rebelled against the Nephites (Mormons) were killed or "driven out of the land." 4:2

  2. God gives Nephi the power to "smite the earth with famine, and with pestilence, and destruction." 10:6

  3. If Nephi asks God to "smite this people, it shall come to pass." 10:10

  4. Nephi asks God to send a famine on the land. "And so it was done, according to the words of Nephi. ... And the whole earth was smitten," causing thousands of people to starve to death. 11:4-6

  5. God must kill and terrorize people with starvation and disease or they won't remember him. 12:3

  6. God torments people in hell forever for "their iniquities." 12:20

  7. God will consign evil doers "to a state of endless misery" and "everlasting damnation." 12:26

  8. God prophesies that he will kill the Nephites with war, starvation, and disease within the next 400 years or so. (And I guess if you believe the Book of Mormon, he did with a little help from the Lamanites). 13:9

  9. If there weren't some "righteous" people in the city, God would have burned everyone to death by sending down fire from heaven. 13:13

  10. "Whosoever repenteth not is hewn down and cast into the fire." 14:18

  11. If the Nephites don't repent, God will kill them all for their unbelief. 15:17