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  • Marlow ~ Let There Be Light 2009/09/22 11:45:22
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Well there's good conflict and bad conflict. Good conflict arises from an honest debate of an issue where both parties are acting in good faith to reach a resolution or at least an understanding of the other's point of view. Bad conflict is an act of trying to overpower the will of the other party by imposing your view on him.
  • In memo... Marlow ... 2009/09/22 12:24:29
  • In memory of my wife,Sister... 2009/09/12 06:10:22
    In memory of my wife,Sister in Christ, Has Passed away!
    +1
    Pride, greed, anger, these are all aspects of our sinful human nature, and these are the things that bring us into conflict with other people.

    God said:" What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?
    "You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.
    You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God."
    "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures." [James 4:1-3.]

    Those who follow Christ also experience conflict within themselves between the old sinful nature and the new spiritual nature.
    Spiritual unity and fellowship with God through the Holy Spirit will often help us to bring unity and peace to our relationships.
    It is sometimes tempting to step into an argument in process in order to "solve it," but doing so often only heats up the issue.
    As Christ's ambassadors, we need to work actively to be at peace with others.
    God said:" Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody."
    "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."Do not take revenge, my friends,
    but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written:
    "It is...
    Pride, greed, anger, these are all aspects of our sinful human nature, and these are the things that bring us into conflict with other people.

    God said:" What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?
    "You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.
    You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God."
    "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures." [James 4:1-3.]

    Those who follow Christ also experience conflict within themselves between the old sinful nature and the new spiritual nature.
    Spiritual unity and fellowship with God through the Holy Spirit will often help us to bring unity and peace to our relationships.
    It is sometimes tempting to step into an argument in process in order to "solve it," but doing so often only heats up the issue.
    As Christ's ambassadors, we need to work actively to be at peace with others.
    God said:" Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody."
    "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."Do not take revenge, my friends,
    but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written:
    "It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord."
    [Romans 12:17-19.] leave room gods wrath written avenge repay lord romans 1217-19
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  • Marlow ... In memo... 2009/09/22 11:46:57
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    I quote you Sister:
    Those who follow Christ also experience conflict within themselves between the old sinful nature and the new spiritual nature.
    Spiritual unity and fellowship with God through the Holy Spirit will often help us to bring unity and peace to our relationships.

    Yes! Amen. :)
  • In memo... Marlow ... 2009/09/22 12:24:50
  • Marlow ... In memo... 2009/09/22 12:33:06
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    Thank you for all that you do here Sister. You spread such good thoughts. :)
  • In memo... Marlow ... 2009/09/22 12:36:53
  • stillholdingon 2009/09/12 05:21:39
    stillholdingon
    I think conflict on Sodahead arises because people don't think they have to follow the basic rules of civility online. Most people know if they were to trash the beliefs of others and/or be verbally abusive to political opponents in real person like they do on here, they would likely get the crap beat out of them quite rapidly.

    It just goes to show you that most people don't truly appreciate the benefit of cooperation and mutual respect or they would practice it on here too. It's pretty sad if you ask me.
  • seathanaich 2009/09/12 05:09:54
    seathanaich
    Hi Sister.

    Great question. I'd like to see a "philosophy and ethics" or some such column here for questions like this.

    I think part of the answer is self-control, but that only works for the minority who possess this attribute.

    Part of the answer is agreeing on the definition of the terms central to the debate, because misunderstanding is so common.

    Part of the answer is acceptance of diversity coupled with empathy, because so many people who cause conflict have no ability to accept that opinions other than their own exist, let alone how to tolerate them.

    There are more, I'm sure.
  • Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥ 2009/09/12 03:18:56
    Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥
    +1
    It is necessary that there be opposition. Recognizing that should make it easier.
  • seathan... Dave Sa... 2009/09/12 05:10:15
    seathanaich
    +1
    Great answer. That is definitely a big part of it.

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