In Alma 9-14, we read of the people of Ammonihah. They were wicked. So – what’s the problem with that? Why does it matter? Why can’t we just live and let live.
Well, those are nice questions, I guess. But it’s kind of like asking, “why do we have to be susceptible to gravity?”
The people of Ammonihah were breaking a law that is just as sure as the law of gravity, but without immediately obvious consequences.
The Universal Law
Wickedness never was happiness.
Even though the people of Ammonihah weren’t immediately destroyed, a quick analysis of these people will show that everything the wicked people of Ammonihah did demonstrated this principle.
A happy and joyful people won’t burn a group of faithful women and children to death – merely because of their beliefs. These people hadn’t committed any kind of slight against the society. The wicked people of Ammonihah simply didn’t like them.
I can’t imagine that it would be a very happy environment – knowing that one wrong word could get you killed.
A happy, joyful people is patient and open minded. The people of Ammonihah imprisoned innocent people, abused them, mocked them, spit on them, and gnashed their teeth. They don’t sound particularly happy.
Again, the people of Ammonihah don’t sound that happy! Though they were in power and felt that their worldly ideal was popular and therefore right – it wasn’t! We can tell by the results of their beliefs – sadness, misery, death, and destruction. They might say that they aren’t wicked, but a proclamation of righteousness doesn’t mean righteousness. And wickedness never was happiness.
The people of Ammonihah were filled with fear. This is another terrible and painful emotion that accompanies the wicked and faithless. They receive no peace or comfort.
We have seen wicked nations and governments. When I think of a nation that will burn people simply because of their beliefs, I can’t help but think of the Nazis. Though the Nazis bullied their way into power – didn’t make their behaviors or mindset right or true. They might have claimed to be righteous, but – as I mentioned earlier – a claim doesn’t make it so!!!
If we want to live in peace – in our personal lives, in our families, in our neighborhoods, in our cities, in our states, in our countries, in our world – then we need to adopt lifestyles of righteousness. Only then will we be peaceful and happy.