Can God Protect us From Nukes?

An In-Depth Examination of the Morality of Preemptive War

Author’s note: The propaganda required to motivate nations to war one against another is full of lies and inspires hate. I hope that as you personally explore our situation that you will seek council from the scriptures and from the Lord directly through the Holy Ghost. The spirit of contention is not from God. As it says in Ecclesiastes, there is a time and a season for war. If we get this right it will help us avoid being stained by the blood and sins of this generation.

This is the sixth article in a series of seven.

Can God Protect us from Nukes?

An In-Depth Examination of the Morality of Preemptive War

  1. The Rationale for Preemptive War
  2. The Fruit of our Actions
  3. Logical Fallacies
  4. Is Doing Nothing a Valid Option?
  5. Modern Weapons, Modern Media & Terrorism
  6. What God has Done
  7. Will God Save Us?

Part 6 – What God Has Done

The answer to the question “Can God protect us from nukes and any other weapon of mass destruction?” is of course a resounding YES! Has the nature of our modern world changed that? No it has not. One of the greatest purposes of the scriptures is to demonstrate what God has done for mankind throughout history. 

2 Nephi 27:23 “For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.”

I need not list all the miraculous happenings that have occurred throughout time when men have trusted God. But I will list a few. The following are all examples of men seeking to follow God’s will when taking action to deliver themselves and their people from mortal peril.

Gideon – The Israelites were in bondage to the Midianites. The Lord chose Gideon to deliver His people. The Lord told Gideon to destroy the altar of Baal and cut down the grove where it stood. The people were angry. They wanted to kill Gideon. The Midianites and Amalekites gathered their army. Many flocked to Gideon’s cause. The Lord commanded Gideon to pare down his army to 300 men by observing how they drank from the river. The enemy armies were described as “grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.” (Judges 7:12) At the Lord’s command the 300 chosen men surrounded the enemy armies by night.  And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.” (Judges 7:20) The enemy armies awoke in disarray and fought with swords amongst themselves and fled.

David and Goliath – You know the story but I’ll summarize it. The Israelites were at war with the Philistines. David was the youngest son of Jesse. He was an unlikely hero. Goliath was the Philistine champion; a giant. He taunted the Israelite armies. The men were afraid. After convincing King Saul, David accepted the challenge without armor or a sword. 1 Samuel 17:45-46,50 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; … that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel… So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.”

Nephi and LehiIn Helaman chapter four, Nephite dissenters and Lamanites joined forces and took possession of Zarahemla and the surrounding lands up to the land Bountiful. Moronihah led the Nephites in a campaign to successfully recover many cities from their enemies. When they had finished, they maintained only one half of the lands of their previous possession. Nephi gave up the judgment seat and embarked on a mission with his brother Lehi. “For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people, and they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted. [sound familiar?] Yea, and this was not all; they were a stiffnecked people, insomuch that they could not be governed by the law nor justice, save it were to their destruction.” (Helaman 5:2-3) At great risk to themselves, Lehi and Nephi went forth among the Nephites first and then into the lands conquered by the Lamanites. And it came to pass that they did preach with great power, insomuch that they did confound many of those dissenters who had gone over from the Nephites, insomuch that they came forth and did confess their sins and were baptized unto repentance, and immediately returned to the Nephites to endeavor to repair unto them the wrongs which they had done. And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did preach unto the Lamanites with such great power and authority, for they had power and authority given unto them that they might speak, and they also had what they should speak given unto them— Therefore they did speak unto the great astonishment of the Lamanites, to the convincing them.” (Helaman 5:17-19) They converted thousands. God delivered them miraculously from a Lamanite prison. About 300 super-missionaries were converted in that episode. The movement spread like wildfire. Ultimately the converted and repentant Lamanites “did yield up unto the Nephites the lands of their possession.”(Helaman 5:52) They gave back to their enemy, the Nephites, all the lands they had conquered.

The Stripling Warriors – These young men took up arms in a time of great need to defend their country. They did so to deter their fathers from breaking their covenant to avoid war. These righteous young men trusted God. They selected the prophet, Helaman, to be their war leader. This selection demonstrates how seriously they took their principles. They knew he would not lead them falsely in this morally confusing time of war. They had many battles and were intensely tested. They followed the prophet’s commands with precision. The Lord blessed and delivered them. Not one of them died in battle.

In these examples, the Lord delivered his people in such a way that they did not have any casualties. These were not always conventional battles. These examples are frankly quite amazing and required great faith. They required true belief and hope in the Lord that led to inspiration and correct action. God requires our belief and hope in truth and His law. He requires our allegiance to His son Jesus Christ. God may choose to miraculously save us or he may choose to have us defend ourselves. He may tell us where to go to do so. Or he may warn us to flee. All this will be done for us according to our danger and only if we follow the law of non-aggression that Mormon outlined in Alma 48:14-16.


There really only is one question left to answer. That is addressed in the next and final article in this series. Will God protect us from nukes?

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