“God himself could not sink the ship” – this is one of the world’s memorable tagline that created one of the world’s memorable tragedy.
I have always been fascinated with the story of TITANIC even before James Cameron’s film. I’m always fascinated with mysteries no matter if they’re hoax or true. I’m a curious man.This year, 2012, we commemorate the 100th year of the TITANIC. As we all know, TITANIC is maybe the most famous ship of all because of its dramatic story and the passion that it created to us. And it also made one of the most remarkable events in human history.
The story of TITANIC has full of controversies, gossips and ironies. It has inspired several books and movies. While we considered it as one of man’s greatest creations, it also displayed man’s worst flaw.
Have you ever wondered why, in spite of not holding the record for largest number of casualties in maritime tragedies and maybe not the most tragic in maritime history, it is the most memorable of all?
There are other sea tragedies that bear bigger records such as the Philippines’ MV Doña Paz which the tragedy killed more than 4,000 people.
And how about plane crashes? Or earthquakes? Or even tsunamis, especially the one that happened in the South East Asia last 2004 and the recent Japan tsunami last 2011. Aren’t they equally tragic? Or somehow, even more tragic?
It is because God immortalized it. God wants the story of the TITANIC to serve as a lesson for the entire humanity.
TITANIC is not just a story. The tragedy didn’t just happen.
God has a purpose why the tragedy happened and the story became immortal.
The reason that God immortalized the TITANIC is because it is built with pride. Along the fame of the ship is also the phrase “God himself cannot sink the ship.” The phrase is the tag phrase for the ship. We often hear products with taglines such as “Just do it” and “Quench your thirst”. We automatically recall products with these lines. But the people behind the Titanic has leaved us with one of the worst tagline.
Throughout human history, as you may notice, God doesn’t tolerate pride against Him.
Good examples are the Bible stories and the Gospel. Jesus Himself said: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” – Matthew 24:35
We have lots of good examples recorded in the Bible such as King Nebuchadnezzar, King Uzziah, Lucifer (the devil) and the Apostle Paul himself. Their stories displayed pride against God. King Nebuchadnezzar and the Apostle Paul’s stories ended in redemption because they repented and acknowledged the power of God, unlike King Uzziah’s and Lucifer’s that ended in tragedy.
King Nebuchadnezzar is one of the most famous and unforgettable person in the human history. He ruled the great Babylon. He lived from 605 – 562 BC. He is the most powerful king in his time. However, he is also known as God’s people’s persecutor.
Because of his pride, God made him lost his sanity and eat grass for seven years. This madness was recorded as Lycanthropy, a “man-wolf” state of mind.
His madness was healed and he acknowledged God as the King of heaven and a real God. (Daniel 4:28-37)
King Uzziah was one of the greatest kings of Judah. He became a king at an early age of 16. He was successful in all of his battles and improved his nation’s economic status. He was a great military tactician; all of these because he was godly. However, his story started from glory, and ended on tragedy.
King Uzziah’s heart has slowly turned away from God and gained pride. His curse started when he entered the temple and offered incense for God which is an exclusive task for priests. His own glory clouded his mind and he thought he was superior enough to worship his own way.
King Uzziah became a leper and died that way. (2 Chronicles 26:1-23)
Lucifer is what we all know today as ‘The’ Devil. But he was not originally an enemy of God. He was an angel; a cherub. He was a high-ranked angel. He was so beautiful that he was called “the bright star”, “morning star” or “star of the morning”. He was maybe the most beautiful creature in heaven, next to God. He was so full of beauty that he aspire to be as high as God, uttering the words “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:13-14). And we know what happened to him. The rest is history. (Isaiah 14:13-14)
First known as Saul, the Apostle Paul was an educated and has high-status in life. Although naturally a Jew, he was a Roman citizen. He was a Pharisee. He was well known as a persecutor of Christians. He is even one among who stoned Stephen to death.
On his way to Damascus, Jesus appeared to Saul as a bright light and confronts him on his persecution of Christians. Jesus then made him blind for three days and when he restored back his sight, he acknowledged Jesus as God and he worshipped him and become a disciple. (Acts 9:1-9)
These stories and characters have become timeless and will never be forgotten as well as the TITANIC. They will always be told for generations, along with their stories of arrogance, pride and their fall.
They also called the TITANIC ‘unsinkable’. And yet, it didn’t even finish its maiden voyage.
A brief history of the TITANIC:
TITANIC is a luxury passenger ship operated by the White Star Line of Britain. She was built from 1909 to 1911 in Belfast by the Harland and Wolff Shipyard. She was the largest ship made during her time.
TITANIC started her maiden voyage on April 10, 1912 on Southampton. She boarded 2,224 people, including crews and passengers. Her passengers include famous and wealthiest people and immigrants from Britain, Scandinavia, and Ireland who’s seeking greener pasture in North America, where it supposed to reach New York. The ship was so luxurious and big that it features lots of luxurious facilities including high-class restaurants and cabins, swimming pool, gymnasium, libraries and advanced technologies including a powerful wireless telegraph, which they used for contact during the tragedy.
On April 14 1912, four days after she leave Southampton, the ship hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm. The collision with the iceberg caused her tight compartments to be exposed in water. The ship took two and a half hours to be completely filled with water and sank. There are reportedly 1,514 people died in hypothermia in that fateful night.