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The year was 1912 when the Titanic set sail from Southampton, England on Wednesday 10th April and her destination was New York, but probably the most famous maritime disaster prevented her from ever arriving.

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Titanic Setting Sail Although Zimbabwe is a landlocked country and although these events occurred nearly 100 years ago, most people will have heard of the sinking of the Titanic on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. This was the largest ship of its day made by the White Star Company. It was extremely luxurious and on board there was a gymnasium, swimming pools, a squash court and Turkish baths, or saunas. The year was 1912 when the Titanic set sail from Southampton, England on Wednesday 10th April and her destination was New York, but probably the most famous maritime disaster prevented her from ever arriving. Because of an exhaustive enquiry following the disaster a wealth of information has been kept on record for posterity. The Titanic was claimed to be unsinkable and many have said that this proud boast was bound to provoke divine intervention. We may never know if that was the case this side of eternity, but what is remarkable is how much of the detail of this ill fated voyage serves as a spiritual analogy or parable, pointing out so many of the attitudes and the false confidence of those who live for this world only. In this article we will track the unfolding events of the short lived Titanic voyage and pick out several details to illustrate the danger and folly of neglecting and overlooking vital provision for our soul's needs. As she set sail we may picture ourselves setting out on life's journey, placing all our confidence and hope in this world and what it can do for us. We have hopes and plans but like the passengers on that great ship, we will probably never realise or achieve them, or if we do it will be at the expense of our ever living souls. There was provided on the ship all that was possibly needed to keep the passengers and crew amused and fed and entertained. ...read more.

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Our Life in Peril Captain Smith ordered that the watertight doors between the 16 compartments be shut immediately. He was not at first too worried because of the reputation of the ship to be unsinkable. He and Mr Andrews its designer, went below decks to inspect the damage. They saw that water was coming in at an alarming rate. The coalmen stoking the boilers were the first affected with water slopping around their feet as they worked. It was calculated that if four of the compartments were flooded they ship would survive, but they soon realized that the iceberg had buckled the steel plates comprising the hull of the ship a long way down its side and more than four compartments were compromised. The water was bound to spread, filling up one compartment after the other, and the ship was bound to sink. As with sin, once it has penetrated the human soul its fate is only a matter of time. Many passengers had retired for the night. Others sat around in the dining halls and restaurants, playing cards, talking and generally relaxing on this trip of a lifetime, unconscious of the unfolding drama. It was calculated that they would remain afloat for another three hours before the incoming seawater swamped them. Captain Smith ordered the lifeboats to be got ready and the operators sent out distress signals, appealing for help from any who may hear them on that cold dark night. We too should be earnest in prayer as our eternal souls are in peril as sin has its way with us and drags us ever downwards. Distress rockets were fired up hopefully to alert any other ship in the vicinity to their plight. In fact there was another ship within reach, its lights twinkled on the horizon, but inexplicably she did not respond to the rockets or radio distress calls. She was the Calafornian and the subsequent enquiry established that its operator was asleep - how different events may have been had he stuck to his duty. ...read more.

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The cries of those perishing in the water were to haunt the survivors for years afterwards and there is a grave warning not to trust in our own righteousness or the provisions or ideas of man for our eternal security. The ship finally succumbed to the sea, sinking with a great rush of steam and sparks at 2.20am. Those still on board were thrown into the sea. Some managed to swim to lifeboats and clamoured aboard but most perished in the icy water. Dawn The survivors had to wait in the freezing darkness on a clear star lit night until around 4.00am when the first rescue ship, the Carpathia arrived. They made a further search of the area but could find no more survivors, only numerous bodies. All the lifeboats rowed to the ship and their 711 half-frozen occupants were made welcome. They were fed and accommodated and with nothing more that could be done, they steamed on to New York where they arrived on Thursday 18th April. God's word makes it plain that only those that are in Christ will be carried through the darkness of death to the dawning of that eternal kingdom at last, to solid land where they will be for ever secure and blissfully blessed. The story of the Titanic was one of both folly and heroism and whilst we have every sympathy with those who suffered we cannot leave it without considering most seriously how she pictures our own life and situation. Will you be among the saved on that great day, or will you cling to this world and perish when it is finally destroyed to usher in a new heavens and a new earth as the Bible teaches? You are invited to trust on Christ, to repent of all your sins and give your life to Him, the lifeboats are even now being lowered, will you get in, or will you remain on deck until the last opportunity has gone, while the band plays on until the very end? ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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