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Conflict

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Every story has a beginning; a place that reveals the setting, the characters, and provides the foundation for all that follows. God’s story is no different. It all begins with God creating the heavens and the earth and all they contain. In the midst of His creation, God places His ultimate creation: Man. Male and female they are made in the image of God with the capacity to know and interact with God. All of God’s creation was good. Everything flowed together in perfect harmony under the benevolent reign of the Creator-King.

One of the components of any great story is conflict; something that poses a problem that must be resolved. Regardless how the story unfolds, the characters in the story are always seeking to move toward a resolution of the difficulty.

God’s story is no different. Early on, a crisis took place that began a conflict, the effects of which we are still feeling to this day. Let’s take another look at the beginning and watch as the conflict unfolds.

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The Root Cause

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At one point in my life I worked for a pharmaceutical company.  The job I enjoyed more than all the others I did there was conducting investigations.  Because we were manufacturing medicinal products for human consumption, each product had to be manufactured according to strict governmental guidelines.  Any anomaly in the manufacturing process could jeopardize the saleability of the product and potentially cost the company millions of dollars.  Therefore every time something went wrong in manufacturing, the incident had to be carefully investigated to determine its impact on the product.  Some investigations were quite simple and easily resolved.  There were some investigations, however, that were quite extensive and would involve several departments within the company. 

When conducting an investigation, one thing we always had to look for was the root cause.  In other words, what was the underlying factor(s) that caused this anomaly to occur in the manufacturing process?   Once that was determined we could come up with a preventative action to keep the problem from reoccurring in the future.  Determining the root cause and coming up with a preventative action sometimes required some very creative thinking!

With this investigative process as a basis, I have a question I would like to ask:

What is the root cause of all the pain, heartache, and woes of our modern society?

The answer might be easier to determine than what you think.

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The Answer to Our Chaos

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Chaos dominates our world.  Everywhere we look there is turmoil.  One nation oppresses another.  Economies rise and fall like the waves of the sea.  The weather seems completely out of control.  Governments are deadlocked over policies.  One generation cannot see eye-to-eye with another.  Families split apart.  Children are pulled back and fort between parents, causing them to live in a state of complete confusion.  Church leaders crash and burn on almost a weekly basis.  Instability seems to abound on every level of life.  Where does all this chaos come from?

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Walking in the Dark

Walking along a well lit street at night probably does not cause much of a concern.  Sure, there are shadows lurking everywhere, but the light from the street lamps and yard lights provide a sense of comfort and security.  Now, think about walking down an unlit country lane in the dead of night under an overcast sky.  It’s hard to see your hand in front of your face.  You could trip and fall over almost anything.  Every sound causes the hair on the back of your neck to rise.  This is very similar to the way it is when we are spiritually walking in the dark.

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From Whence Comes the Chaos?

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One of the definitions of chaos is a state of utter confusion.  Doesn’t that sound like our modern world? There is chaos everywhere we turn.  There is chaos in marriages and families.  There is chaos in our sexuality.  There is chaos in communities, cities, and economies.  There is chaos in nations. There is even chaos in churches!  Where does all this chaos come from?

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