- St Valentine in the Early Church
- Samson in the Bible
- Jack in Tatanic
- Jesus Christ In The Bible
Emperor Claudius II Gothicus who ruled the Roman Empire during the time of St Valentine was a cruel king. He was always getting into wars. In order to maintain the recruiitment of young men into the Army, he banned all forms of marriage proceedings and ceremonies in his empire. As such young men couldn’t marry!
He did this when he noticed that people weren’t joining the military because of their loved ones.
But a simple Christian priest named Valentine did come forward and stood up for love.
He began to secretly marry soldiers before they went off to war, despite the emperor’s orders.
In 269 AD Emperor Claudius found out about the secret ceremonies. He had Valentine thrown into prison and deemed that he would be put to death.
As Valentine was awaiting execution, he fell in love with a blind girl, who happened to be the jailers daughter. On the eve of his execution, with no writing instruments available, Valentine is said to have written her a sonnet in ink that he squeezed from violets. Legend has it that his words made the blind woman see again. It was a brief romance because the next day Valentine was clubbed to death by Roman executioners.
Samson, a great man was valor as recorded in the Holy Bible was the last judge of Israel. From birth he was filled with great strength as God used him to destroy the Philistines. According to the Bible, Samson was so strong because his hair has never been cut from birth, and he would lose his strenght anyday he shaves of his hair.
However, things took a different turn when Samson fell in love with a Philistine woman from Timnah, whom he decided to marry, ignoring the objections of his parents over the fact that she was non-Israelite.
Samson travels to Gaza, where he stays at a harlot’s house where he met Delila. The Philistines approach Delilah and induce her with 1,100 silver coins to find the secret of Samson’s strength so that they can capture their enemy, but Samson refuses to reveal the secret and teases her, telling her that he will lose his strength if he is bound with fresh bowstrings.
The nagging and Teasing Went on for days until he tells Delilah that God supplies his power because of his consecration to God as a Nazirite, symbolized by the fact that a razor has never touched his head, and that if his hair is cut off he will lose his strength. Delilah then woos him to sleep “in her lap” and calls for a servant to cut his hair. Samson loses his strength and he is captured by the Philistines who blind him by gouging out his eyes. They then take him to Gaza, imprison him, and put him to work turning a large millstone and grinding grain.
The Philistine later held a party sveral days later and brought in Samson to perform for them. He asks his captors to let him lean against the supporting pillars to rest. However, whilst in prison his hair had begun to grow again. He prays for strength and God gives him strength to break the pillars, causing the temple to collapse, killing him and the people inside.
Jack and Rose
Some argue that he died for his foolishness but isn’t love foolish?
Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a third class passenger who wins his ticket to Titanic in a lucky round of poker. Rose Dewitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) is a first class passenger, engaged to the proud and obnoxious Cal Hockley. The family deeply needs the money that will be provided by Hockley in marriage since he was heir to a wealthy estate.
Hockley is very unkind and abusive towards Rose. Jack and Rose meet as Rose threatens to throw herself off the Titanic, after her grim realization of her life to come. She explains, “I saw my life as if I had already lived it. An endless parade of parties and polo matches, always the same narrow people…”
Jack, however is a penniless free spirited artist who captures Rose’s heart. From then on their love blossoms, to a love so true they are willing to risk their lives for one another. Jack made a sketch of Rose with a mystical diamond that Hockley had given her. This was later recovered by the explorers looking for the Heart of the Ocean diamond that had been worn by Louis XIV.
The diamonds whereabouts were never revealed to the explorers. The diamond would have been worth millions. The diamond was a very rare blue diamond which is very precious. Jack is shown here talking to Rose about some of his sketches. As fate would have it, Titanic strikes an iceberg hundreds of miles at sea causing pandemonium aboard.
The seaman tried their best to turn Titanic, but the force was too great. Five of the ships chambers had began to fill with water spelling the doom of the Titanic. The water rushed into the Titanic forcing the first class women and children to evacuate the boat first. Second and third class people were held in caged hallways.
Rose chose to stay with Jack and to get off with him. They were not able to get into a lifeboat. The ship sank diffusing its passengers into the icy Atlantic waters. Their trust was only but in God. Everyone has life preservers on, causing them not to drown. The water was freezing cold with hundreds of people in the water. Jack was able to get Rose onto what appeared to be a floating board in this scene. Death was slowly creeping up on all of the people in the water. All but six including Jack perished that night in the icy waters. Rose survived. Their love never was broken. Jack gave his life to spare Rose.
The lifeboats stayed out at sea except for one that found Rose and saved her.
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.
Romeo and Juliet have become emblematic of young lovers and doomed love. They died to restorelove to their feuding families.
This post would be incomplete without the biblical story of Jesus’ death for the love of mnankind.
Man haven fallen of short of God’s glory, Jesus chose to die and redeem mankind. This love is what many christian look up to, as it tells the story of man’s hope to live and find grace in God.
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