Today is the 100th anniversary of an historic event of epic proportions: the sinking of the Titanic. The fame of the Titanic’s voyage and sinking continues to captivate the interest of people everywhere. It is the most compelling example of both the monumental acheivements and foolish pride of modern man.
On April 10th 1912 the much heralded Titanic left Southampton England on its maiden voyage. A hallmark of the Titanic’s design was its double hull, designed to make the ship unsinkable. The purported unsinkability of the Titanic was the inspiration for this now very famous quote said to embarking passenger, Mrs Sylvia Caldwell.
“God himself could not sink this ship!” – Unknown Titanic Crewmember
Four days later the Titanic struck an iceberg and on April 15th 1912 it sank into the icy Atlantic leaving only 710 survivors. This was indeed a tragedy, but a tragedy that could have been avoided. The Titanic is the poster child for the Bible proverb, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18 NKJV). It’s like the tale of Icarus, who was so enamored by his new wings and ability to fly so high, that he tumbled to the sea when he got too close to the sun.
The sinking of the Titanic was truly a tragedy, and on this 100th anniversary let’s hope that we have learned from history. Read the entire story here, and enjoy the trailer of the new Titanic 3D movie.