Friday, May 18, 2007

The Aftertaste of Sin

This analogy will really makes most sense with those of you who are NOT diet coke / soda drinkers.

Sin is like drinking an extra large Diet Coke. It really seems like the right thing to do because you think it will satisfy your thirst and your desire for something tasty. However, typically after only a few sips, and definitely after drinking the whole bottle, a nasty aftertaste emerges.

Likewise, sin doesn’t satisfy. It has the allure of pleasure and the illusion of gratification. However, the end result is always bitter, disgusting, and disappointing. Don’t drink the counterfeit; make sure it’s the real thing.

At first, diet drinks don’t taste right. Why, because the artificial flavor and sweeteners are easy to detect. However, if you drink it often enough, you get used to the taste and the fake stuff will begin to taste normal and even good. Likewise, sin is a slippery slope.

Studies have shown that too much artificial sweater like that found in diet drinks can cause cancer which can lead to death. Sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

4 comments:

Dan L said...

This is a great analogy, Eric! And a great excuse for me not give up my cherry coke habit...

jeff @ smartpastor.com said...

hmmm. As I frequent and semi-proud drinker of diet beverages (diet Pepsi!), I have to reluctantly admit your illustration makes sense. I think I will be "borrowing" that one some time in a sermon.

Ben said...

I really like this analogy. It's true, sin feels terrible, but anyone can easily become desensitized to those convictions after long periods of exposure to sin.

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