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Sinfully Sweet Tomatoes?

Sinfully sweet tomatoes

What is sinful about sweet tomatoes?  Now, the fruit that Adam and Eve ate may be called “sinfully sweet” because God had forbidden it.  But tomatoes?  Did God say not to eat sweet tomatoes?  (My husband might say so in jest, since raw tomatoes are definitely not one of his favorite foods.)

We did a quick search of current usage of “sinful” on the Internet, yielding these results, among others:

Sinful Colors—a line of fingernail polish. 

A certain kind of wine:  “Delicious!  So good it must be sinful.”

A recipe:  “Wow, I don’t know if banana bread can get any better than this!          Every bite was the ideal combination of sweet and salty! Sinful…fantastically sinful…”

What makes something sinful?  Is the advertiser trying to imply —
–that sin is fun?
–that God doesn’t want us to do enjoyable things? 

Either of these messages is blasphemous to the character of God who loves us, knows what is best for us, and gives us all good things to enjoy.  It also perpetuates Satan’s lie in the garden that sin is fun, tasty, and cool.  (After all, you’ll be like God!)

So if God provides you with sweet tomatoes, rich chocolate desserts or yummy banana bread—eat moderately and enjoy Smile.  It’s not a sin!  On the other hand, if something is truly sinful (offensive to God), it’s better to make tracks in the other direction!  Let’s not make the mistake of associating sin with enjoyment.

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