What a striking parallel to liberal theology, which falsely promises freedom to those who give in to fleshly desires. Jesus, they claim, offers forgiveness, wanting his followers to be happy...even if their happiness means compromising their holiness. For instance, in 1993 Contemporary Christian Music superstar Amy Grant divorced Gary Chapman after sixteen years of marriage after a supposedly "Christian" counselor told her that God intended marriage so both spouses could "thrive emotionally." This woman, who sought to honor the Lord with her music, ended up dishonoring Him with her personal life.
Sin, you see, makes false promises that ultimately bring destruction. Palpatine and Amy Grant's counselor offered control, but stepping out on those promises brought disorder. James explained the cycle well:
14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. ~~James 1:14-15 (ESV)
Yes, I understand that Amy Grant now claims her marriage to Vince Gill is happy, but that probability doesn't negate the impact her decision has made. What have her children learned from her example? How has her life emboldened others to abandon their marriages, or perpetuate the notion that God's chief concern is our personal happiness above His purposes?
More to the point: what false promises are you and I tempted to believe, and how might they devastate those around us? Darth Vader received power, and Amy Grant got a "happy" marriage, both at enormous cost to themselves and others. Only by reading Scripture in its proper context can we find the Lord's true promises and, through them, experience the abundant life of His glory.