Posted by: John-Paul | July 27, 2011

The Need for Conflict

In Donald Miller’s book, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts On Christian Spirituality, he wrote that the elements of a good story (setting, conflict, decision, resolution) are at the heart of Christian beliefs.  “The rebellion against God explained why humans experienced conflicts in their lives, and nobody knows of any explanation other than this: Without the Christian explanation of original sin, the seemingly silly story about Adam and Eve and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, there was no explanation of conflict.  At all. (pg. 32)”

This parallels an idea I’ve been pondering lately as an author.  Without Adam’s rebellion, living in Creation would be too easy.  People need adversity they can overcome in order to become better: stronger, wiser, more patient, more loving.

The writer to the Hebrews said that God’s own Son needed conflict to overcome so that He could be made perfect – more complete.  Likewise, those who live in the world must endure conflict.  They must overcome their flawed humanity. “21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. (Rev 3)”

Finally, without conflict, how would authors create such wonderful stories?  Thanks, Adam!  Thanks, a lot!

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