The Fleeting Pleasures of Sin & Sorbitol

randomlychad  —  June 20, 2011 — Leave a comment

>Sweetener packets in progressphoto © 2009 Becky Stern | more info (via: Wylio)

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve lost some weight this year. Because I like chocolate too much to give it up entirely, I switched to the sugar-free variety–some of it quite tasty!

The thing about sugar-free chocolates, and indeed sugar-free candies in general, is that they usually contain sugar alcohols (some among these are: maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol). These are sweeteners that can’t be metabolized by the body, thus passing out into the draught.

Thing is, there’s usually a warning on the labels of these products, which says “Overconsumption can have a laxative effect.” Well, yesterday my family took me to the movies for Father’s Day, and I–due to overconsumption–experienced this effect for perhaps the first time.

And like John’s scroll in Revelation, what was initially sweet to the taste, was bitter in the belly. Very bitter.

I think sin is often like this: in our limited understanding, what seems sweet at the time, invariably turns bitter in the end. Oh, sure, we often see the wicked prosper–but that’s only for this life. There’s literally Hell to pay afterwards.

Hebrews 11:25 tells us that Moses rejected the “fleeting pleasures of sin” (to join in solidarity with God’s people). The corollary being that there is indeed pleasure in sin–but only for a season. Is that fleeting pleasure worth the steep price?

Where have you, like me and my candy, indulged in something that seemed well and good at the time, but paid the price later? Share in the comments.




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