Mormon makes it a point to tell us that this event occurred only after every one of the attackers had physically and verbally abused them one last time. In other words, before God intervened on behalf of Alma and Amulek, He allowed the men who were about to die this final choice. Not one of them could later say, “I was just an innocent bystander,” or, “I was an accomplice, not an actual criminal.” None of them had an alibi; there was no question about their involvement.
When God allows people to harm us or to harm those we love, we naturally wonder why He does not intervene. Like Amulek, we might wonder why God doesn’t always save the innocent from the brutality of the wicked. Part of the answer is that the Final Judgement must be perfectly just. He gives all of His children the ability to make real choices in this life, even choices that harm other people, in order to ensure that His final decision on their fate is incontrovertible. In the long run, perfect justice will prevail, but in the short run, we are all given opportunities to make decisions that have real-life consequences for ourselves and for other people.
Today I will maintain an eternal perspective as I observe the actions of others. Particularly when I see people harming others, I will remember that the temporary injustices of life will all be resolved in the end and that our ultimate judgement will be an accurate reflection of the decisions we make each day.
- Was It a Sin for Alma to Wish He Were an Angel?
- What Is a “Preparatory Redemption?”
- Why Did Jared Ask His Brother to Pray Instead of Praying Himself?
- What Can We Learn About Coming Unto Christ from the Brother of Jared?
- What Are Some Examples of People Coming Unto Christ?
- What Do Book of Mormon Prophets Teach Us About Coming Unto the Savior?
- How Does the Savior Invite Us to Come Unto Him?
- What Does It Mean to “Come Unto Christ?”
- Why Did God Prevent Adam and Eve from Partaking of the Tree of Life?
- Which Fruit in the Garden of Eden Was Bitter, and Which Was Sweet?
- Moroni 4:3, 5:2 The Sacrament Prayers
- What Is a "Preparatory Redemption?"
- Shake Off the Awful Chains with Which Ye Are Bound - 2 Nephi 1:13
- The Beatitudes - 3 Nephi 12:3-12
- The Natural Man - Mosiah 3:19
- O Be Wise - Jacob 6:12
- What Is the Tree of Life?
- I Have Fasted and Prayed Many Days - Alma 5:45-46