This is a corollary to "Violence arises from powerlessness" by the Roman Seneca, either the Elder or the Younger.
I remember the nun who told her class "Faith is a gift that not everyone was given. I remember too the nun who told her class of the torments of Hell, even to the burning strips of flesh hanging from the bones.
Which nun was the stronger and which was the weaker?
Are parts of the OT less strict and less violent than other parts?