In a class we were discussing resurrection and our teacher gave us the names of four people and asked us if any of them would not be resurrected. We answered the question, however, the discussion turned to sins and whose were worse. Two of the people on the list were Hitler and Cain. I say that although Cain had a full knowledge of the gospel, killed his brother and then lied about it, it doesn’t quite measure up for being directly and indirectly responsible for 11 million deaths. The boy I was arguing with says that Cain will be held more responsible than Hitler and will be sent to outer darkness while Hitler will not. This just doesn’t seem right to me. So I guess my question is: whose sins were worse?
It would be difficult to argue that what either Hitler or Cain did was worse than the other. What they both did was horrible and incomprehensible. How could anyone be responsible for the suffering and deaths of so many people as what occurred during Hitler’s reign of terror. How could Hitler or Cain having accepted the Lord’s plan in the pre-existence and then turned so evil in this life. There have been and are many other dictators and rulers that fall into this same category. Some that we hardly hear of have been responsible for many deaths and continue in power. The principles taught in D&C 121:39 apply to all men not just those holding the priesthood,
We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.
I am sure that the punishment given to Hitler, as well as others who have caused so many deaths, will be severe. They will be judged by the Lord whose children these people are. As to this punishment we do not know.
Cain’s punishment is known for he will become a son of perdition for whom there is no forgiveness. Cain was taught the gospel, knew of the Father’s Plan of Salvation. He was baptized, held the priesthood and was even taught by Deity. Cain loved Satan more and rejected the Lord after having had the heavens opened to him. The Lord told Cain in Moses 5:23:
If thou doest well, thou shalt be accepted. And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door, and Satan desireth to have thee; and except thou shalt hearken unto my commandments, I will deliver thee up, and it shall be unto thee according to his desire. And thou shalt rule over him.
In this verse, the Lord tells Cain that if he does not repent, that if he continues to reject the Lord and does not turn from his sinful ways the worse of which was to murder for gain, Cain will rule over Satan. Cain entered into a secret pact with Satan, which secret was that he could murder for gain by killing his brother Abel. For this he became know as Master Mahan and gloried in his wickedness. Since Cain there has been many secret combinations on this earth that the Lord has warned us about. Without doubt Hitler and many others have been involved in these same secret combinations and have killed for gain. Lamech, who was of the lineage of Cain also entered into a secret covenant with Satan. When Irad, his great- grandfather began to reveal these secrets to the sons of Adam, Lamech slew him to protect their secret combination and secrets.