Environmental Influence

June 1, 2011 11:19pm CST
The journey of Salomon and Peter are very contradictory. When Salomon very wise youth, God offers, "Ask what shall I give". Salomon did not ask for wealth or power, like most coveted man, he even ask for wisdom to be able to lead his people with justice (1Kings3:4-9). Contrary to Peter, he is an impulsive, spontaneous irritability, often acted out of emotion. On many occasion he always appeared on the front. When Jesus was about to arrest, he spontaneously drew the sword and cut off the ear of a servant of the high priest (Mark 14:47). And when finally Jesus was arrested, he also followed Him, though from far away, until there was denial (Mark 14:66-72). But then the situation is exactly reversed, Salomon fell into idolatry, where as Peter was transformed into one of the key figures in the early church. That basically human. Human beings are learners. Therefore human beings are not static or stagnant but the change, can turn towards the positive, also could the negative direction, depending on many things. One factor that greatly affects the environment. Peter hanging out and having contact with Jesus and the community of the disciples had given positive changes, while Salomo as a king who lived in luxury have many wives who leaned his heart to other gods, and gave a negative influence. That is what often happens to us, like the book of proverbs say: "He who walks with wise man will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm" (Proverbs 13:20).
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