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In a sense, Samson is perhaps both the strongest and weakest man in the Bible. His incredible physical strength was overshadowed by a lack of willpower and self-control. His story serves as a warning to all. At the same time, God’s dealing with Samson can be a source of encouragement.

Samson is often viewed as a man who was ruled by passion and blinded by his infatuation with Delilah.  Is passion a necessarily evil thing? Doesn’t the Song of Solomon celebrate the passion of romantic love–and if so, is it fair to call passion “folly,” as the title of this lesson does?

Is there such a thing as love without passion?  Should marriage be entered into as the result of logic and rationality, or should emotion and passion play a part in one’s decision for marriage?