What a splendid ship! Everything a ship designer could imagine was built into it. It was beautiful, magnificent, TITANIC!
It slid out to sea from Liverpool, England, on a serene April morning. Gleaming against the sky, it was majestic. The pride of Britannia rode out to sea. New York was its next harbor.
The notables of society were its passengers and they basked in the splendor of its luxury. Elegance was the word for Titanic's interior. Lavish in its decor, menus, and entertainment, it surpassed the highest expectations of its passengers.
Three-quarters into its maiden voyage-on the fringe of Newfoundland's frigid banks-the Titanic became a catastrophic nightmare. A deceptively large iceberg, detached from the polar ice fields, was drifting into the North Atlantic shipping lanes, destined to keep a predetermined encounter with the fabulous Titanic.
Within two hours, before the dawn of April 15, 1912, the unsinkable Titanic plunged to its death four miles below the icy surface, taking with it more than 1500 souls (including most of the crew) and all its treasure.
But most remarkable of all, the story of the Titanic has incredibly close parallels to the Biblical plan of salvation as the following points illustrate:
"Not even God could sink the Titanic," was the boast of those who put their confidence in a ship built by men. Today we also have the deadly tendency to have excessive pride in our own resources. "As we travel through life, who really needs God anyway? I can make it on my own."
"Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18.
Even when the Titanic struck the iceberg, the crew and passengers were confident that the "small" iceberg could do little damage. We also are deceived into thinking that sin is minor and of little consequence.
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7.
"Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. . . Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is." Jeremiah 17:5,7.
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12.
"And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?" Luke 12:19-20.
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment....For the wages of sin is death." Hebrews 9:27 and Romans 6:23.