Come Forth

Pointless Overthinking gave us a gem of a question: If you have to express your core belief in one sentence, what would that sentence be?

It’s hard to boil down something one barely vocalizes into the condensed package of a sentence, so I let another do it for me, William Goldman. In this case I hijacked the words of his protagonist Westley from the book, I mean the film, the book, the film—okay, he wrote both—The Princess Bride:

Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.

~William Goldman

More specifically, my answer was the first sentence of that remark, the conviction that death cannot stop true love. It is here that I see an inflection point, or as they say, there are two types of people, for when this question is raised in a person’s mind the choice, Love or Death, must be decided.

These two powers, at once the most real and, being immaterial, disbelieved, defined as after products of a far more intrinsic reality, are locked in a continual struggle.

Solomon says,

All [man or animal] go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Ecclesiastes 3:20

And yet it is also attributed to the wise king,

…for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave…

Song of Solomon 8:6

At my core, something beyond doubt, a premise deeper than reason, I know love wins, that though all were eaten up in flames of fire, were become as ashes, still a voice would call to us from out of our tombs, “Come forth.”




  1. Are you referring to romantic love? I didn’t really understand (I was barely smart enough to get a bachelor’s degree) what you were saying about love and death, but it seems to me that romantic love, especially in youth, tends to be so desperate that if it is either lost or unrequited, the feeling is similar to experiencing death. The irony is that the passion of romantic (requited) love tends to fizzle with time. I think the highest form of love is charitable, agape love. There’s no fear of death when this type of love is perfected, because it puts other’s welfare above it’s own. This perhaps explains why people are willing to die for their faith or for a cause greater than their self. Blessings.


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