Are we humans programed to be more interested, or perhaps entertained by reading novels or news stories about conflicts?

It has been said the reason God created us is because He loves to hear a good story.

Yet, every literature teacher and/or publisher knows in order to be successful or profitable, that stories that a story must include a conflict in order to obtain or maintain reader’s interest. The greater or more bas bad, sad, or foolish the story prognosticator, the more interest we humans will be interested in for writers to attain higher readership and/or profits.

Even Bible stories contains numerous conflicts in ancient times in both thee Old and New Testament chapters. For example, Solomon was blessed in youth and cursed when he disobeyed God. Jesus Christ was betrayed by Judas because of conflict with those in power and wound up being beaten, whipped, and suffering pain of being nailed to a cross and speared before he died.

In our contemporary times, every day we read and hear news reports of conflicts of wars, terrorists, criminals, rapes, shootings, etc.  Nation and World.

Murder mystery novels are still popular sellers. Add passages in the novels of anger, hatred, revenge, war, thefts, betrayals, intrigue, illicit sexual encounters of married or single humans, will almost guarantee success of any novel sales and profits.

The Purpose of This Post

Is to relate and ancient wisdom proverb to give us Bible clues to discern the possible reason why we seem to be programmed to be so interested in conflict stories, whether based on fiction or facts.


King Solomon – Old Testament – 1000 BC – 1000 BC Proverbs

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square;(Proverb 1:20)

For Wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her (Proverb 8:11)

Ecclesiastes – Old Testament – 940 BC

then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover it, yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it. (Ecclesiastes 9:17)

God has given people a burdensome task that keeps them occupied. I reflected on everything that is accomplished by man on earth, and I concluded: Everything he has accomplished is futile – like chasing the wind! (Ecclesiastes 1:13)

Bible – Matthew –   New Testament – After 33 AD – Love

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (5:17)

Master, which is the great Commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang ALL the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:36-40) “

What’s My Point?

The Motto of this Blog is “What the World Needs Now in Addition to Love is Wisdom”

My point is the Old Testament appears to me to be a history of stories of conflicts and focus on Wisdom to lead readers to a righteous path in life along with wisdom advice and ancient Laws for humans to abide the help prevent or cope with conflicts

The New Testament focus is on Love and begins with the Birth of Jesus Christ’s parents unable to find room at a comfortable inn or Kingly Palace, only a lowly stable for a reason explained in the Bible.,

The life of Jesus Christ is a story of conflict with authorities in power and ended with His agonizing crucifixion on a cross.

The ending of the story of the conflicts of Jesus Christ faced has a good happy ending. The   Story being the fulfillment of the Prophesy of His reasons for being born on earth. His Resurrection from death the reason for faith believers to hope we too will follow Him after our death to be judged why we were blessed with life to face and overcome conflicts in order to enter His Eternal Kingdom.

Or basically for our story to be a good happy ending because “He loves to hear a good story/”

In My Opinion

If we discern the Bible stories of both King Solomon born 1000 years before Jesus Christ, Solomon focused in his early reign on observing his subjects and wring proverbs of advice to hopefully prevent interested readers how to prevent making foolish choices that lead to conflict on their paths in life.

Sadly though, his vanity to believe he was as wise as his Creator resulted in conflicts he experiences on his path in life until he realized and wrote the above Ecclesiastes verses that no one is capable to understand our Maker.

However, if we discern the New Testament Bible stories of the above messages of Jesus Christ, He focus on Love as His greatest commandment for us to follow to lead our path to enter His Kingdom

In my opinion, in our contemporary times, we are presently more focuses and interested in conflict because perhaps we have been programed by our Creator for a reason.

In my opinion, because in our contemporary times we seem to no longer send our children to be taught in private religious schools in depth Bible teachings in the following verse.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs too such as these.”. (Matthew 9:140

In other words, if we can afford to send our children to a private religious school, or are preventing a child from the same opportunity, we may or are in effect doing the same as a thief, trusting a thief to guard or children from a path to the greatest treasure that leads to happiness obtainable in life.

Wisdom and Love clues in the Bible to overcome conflicts we all will face in life to help us focus on a better path to joy and happiness.

If Interested

Read the Source Links below all available in our contemporary times on the internet and Bible stories.

If you want a to read a succinct primer to better understand more clues to this conundrum, read the condensed verses of Matthew link.

The title of the above feature image is “Reading is a Grand Adventure,” which in my opinion is only if the story takes us on a Good Grand Adventure.

You Decide

The title of the above feature image is “Reading is a Grand Adventure”

If after reading the Matthew verses as clues, would you agree that if everyone focused on their paths in life to live by verses advice, both we, or children, and our communities’ paths would lead to less conflict and more joy and happiness?

If still not convinced or believe that we are wiser than the Bible advice of the generations preceding us, read what Psychology Today link which state the following

“If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

Regards and goodwill blogging.

Source Links

Bible – Top Matthew Verses

Psychology Today

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