9 Behold, we are not of your faith; we do not believe that it is God that has delivered us into your hands; but we believe that it is your cunning that has preserved you from our swords. Behold, it is your breastplates and your shields that have preserved you.
- Laman and Lemuel, who had seen an angel, accused Nephi of “[working] many things by his cunning arts, that he may deceive our eyes” (1 Nephi 16:38).
- Six hundred years later, the Nephites, after hearing the words of Samuel the Lamanite and beginning to see some of his prophecies fulfilled, rejected that evidence with these words: “Some things they may have guessed right, among so many; but behold, we know that all these great and marvelous works cannot come to pass, of which has been spoken” (Helaman 16:16).
- In the passage above, Zarahemnah, the leader of the Lamanite army, rejects Alma’s assertion that the Lord has strengthened the Nephites, and instead attributes their preservation to superior armor. Tellingly, he begins his statement with these words: “We are not of your faith.” In other words, “We would have to change our beliefs in order to see these facts in the way that you do, and we refuse to change our beliefs.”