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 last 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 7 – Will God Save Us?

The question of whether God has power to save us from nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction is an obvious rhetorical device. The answer is certain. God is omnipotent. Yes! God can save us from nuclear weapons, or from any other harm likely to befall us. For Him it is not a question of ability. The only question is whether we will allow Him to save us. We are free to align ourselves with Him and reality or we can wander in unknown paths and find captivity and darkness. As previously discussed in the last six articles, we, as a nation, have changed our principles relating to war. We have raised the sword in offence. We have built upon the sandy foundation. We must repent.

In my opinion, this nation will get nuked unless we repent. And if we do not repent we will face worse difficulties than just nuclear weapons. The calamities that have been prophesied are likely to occur. Are they certain? That is yet unknown. The hand of the Lord is stretched out to us still. But we will reap what we sow. It is my opinion that one can judge the likelihood of disaster here in our land based on the morality of the people and how humble and repentant that they are. This is the promised land. The prophets of the Book of Mormon do not mince words about our potential fate.

Ether 2:9 And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.

10 For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off.

11 And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of God—that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done.

12 Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.

Verse 11 ought to ring particularly loudly in our ears. The prophet Moroni saw our day. He was very clear about this. He had great concern for us. He said:

Mormon 8:35 Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.

36 And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts…

If you believe in the Book of Mormon, these warnings should be unambiguous. They are very clear. Pride is the universal sin. It is our pride that we know better than everyone around the globe and that we are the chosen people and that we are worthy to interfere in their affairs that may ultimately be our undoing.

The first six articles in this series lay out the case for our need to repent. They explain the natural laws we’ve failed to follow as a nation. Not since WWII have we had a constitutionally declared war. Yet we have conjured up rationale to justify war action across the globe. The US military is involved in almost 150 countries around the world with over 900 bases globally. Many of these are minor presences but we are there nonetheless. We are antagonizing many nations in the Eastern Hemisphere. We have occupied much of the Middle East and are agitating Iran to the greatest extent possible to force them to abandon their quest for nuclear arms. These are weapons we deem ourselves worthy to possess. Some would have us invade Iran to stop them from gaining such weapons for fear that they MIGHT use them. Yet we are the only nation on earth that HAS used nuclear weapons against another. We are hypocrites.

God requires that we abandon our sins and turn to him. This is the meaning of repentance. We must change our hearts. We must turn and face God.

Bible Dictionary: Repentance. The Greek word of which this is the translation denotes a change of mind, i.e., a fresh view about God, about oneself, and about the world. Since we are born into conditions of mortality, repentance comes to mean a turning of the heart and will to God, and a renunciation of sin to which we are naturally inclined. Without this there can be no progress in the things of the soul’s salvation, for all accountable persons are stained by sin, and must be cleansed in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. Repentance is not optional for salvation; it is a commandment of God (D&C 18:9–22; 20:29; 133:16). The preaching of repentance by John the Baptist formed the preparation for the ministry of our Lord. See Matt. 3:2; 4:17; Mark 1:4, 15; 2:17; Luke 3:3, 8; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 8:22; Rom. 13:11–14; James 5:1–6; Rev. 2:5, 16; 3:3, 19; cf. Isa. 1:16–20; Jonah 3:5–10; Jer. 3–5; 26; Ezek. 18:19–31; 33:7–20; Hosea 6; 12; 14; Joel 1:8; 2; Zeph. 2; Zech. 1; Mal. 1–4.

In the case of the American nation, we could restate the above and say that repentance IS NOT optional for our temporal salvation. We have many examples of entire societies repenting we can look to for encouragement; to lift us up.

1 Nephi 19:22 Now it came to pass that I, Nephi, did teach my brethren these things; and it came to pass that I did read many things to them, which were engraven upon the plates of brass, that they might know concerning the doings of the Lord in other lands, among people of old.

23 And I did read many things unto them which were written in the books of Moses; but that I might more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer I did read unto them that which was written by the prophet Isaiah; for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.

The story of the prophet Jonah is particularly relevant. Jonah was called to reclaim the people of Nineveh. It was to be destroyed after 40 days if they would not repent. Nineveh was so large it took three days journey to cross it. (Jonah 3:3-4) The city was known as the bloody city. It was known for its savage cruelty. (Nahum 3) Johan was understandably wary of going there to cry repentance. The familiar part of the story is that he fled from the Lord on a ship headed for Tarshish, and when the Lord sent a fierce storm to drive the ship back Jonah had the sailors toss him overboard. A large fish swallowed him and preserved him for three days and nights. Often we forget that Jonah was successful in his mission. He was incredibly successful. The people heard the call and repented. The Lord turned away his wrath and preserved them.

Jonah 3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Another example where an entire society repented is that of the city of Salem as recounted by Alma to the people of Ammonihah.

Alma 13:17 Now this Melchizedek was a king over the land of Salem; and his people had waxed strong in iniquity and abomination; yea, they had all gone astray; they were full of all manner of wickedness;

18 But Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people. And behold, they did repent; and Melchizedek did establish peace in the land in his days; therefore he was called the prince of peace, for he was the king of Salem; and he did reign under his father.

Alma 10 verse 22 explains that Ammonihah was on the verge of destruction. Alma recounted the story of Melchizedek to help the people of Ammonihah avoid this end. Unfortunately we know that they did not repent and they were in fact destroyed. (Alma 16)

I sincerely hope that this series of articles has pricked your heart and that you feel something. I hope that you will pray to God for guidance and ask Him to change your heart. God supports His children. We must truly act as His. We must teach each other of Jesus Christ, of true principles, and of what God has done throughout history.

Alma 31:5 And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.

Please, let us try the virtue of the word of God.

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