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How does the Bible's view of conflict differ from our culture's view of conflict?

Secular culture blends together a variety of views on conflict. Many people think of conflict as something that is inherently bad, unproductive, or dangerous. Those who hold this view will usually seek to avoid or escape from conflict whenever possible.

Others view conflict as a test of their strength, intellect, or righteousness. When faced with conflict, these people tend to become defensive or go on the attack with gossip, argument, litigation, or other forms of aggressive behavior (see a more detailed description in the Slippery Slope of Conflict).

Another common view is that conflict is inherently neutral. Wanting to avoid the appearance of casting moral judgments on others, people will shy away from evaluating behavior and motives and focus their efforts on solving a problem through improved communication and negotiation techniques.

The Bible agrees with some of these views but gives a much deeper and more hope-filled perspective on conflict. It teaches that some differences are natural ...

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