6.7.17 – 1 Cor 15:33

Does one bad apple really spoil the whole bunch? This is used as a metaphor in speaking about how a person of bad character can corrupt otherwise good people. However, scientifically it is a true statement. Plants located adjacent to others that have a disease or infestation of pests stand a good chance of succumbing as well. An over ripe piece of fruit produces a greater amount of ethylene gas which acts to accelerate the ripening of the fruit around it. If the actual statement is true what about the metaphoric comparison?
We are affected by everything around us. If we expose our selves to good things and good people there’s a fair chance we’ll be the same. Conversely, if we are exposed to things and people that conduct themselves in a iniquitous manner we’re apt to begin acting the same. This is a very simple concept yet we continually try to circumvent this system. It’s our choice, so we shouldn’t be surprised by the out come. Someone once said, show me your friends and I’ll show you your future. Recently I’ve also heard show me your Google browsing history and I’ll show you your character. Lastly, show me your check book and I’ll show you where your heart lies. While that last one may be a tad outdated they all point to the same place …….. 1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”