The Tragic Sinking of the Unsinkable Titanic - ..…?
This year is the centenary year of the sinking of the Titanic. On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic embarked on its maiden voyage, sailing from Southampton, England, to New York City. One of the largest and most luxurious passenger liners at the time, the Titanic was also considered by many to be unsinkable. On April 14, however, the ship struck an iceberg, and early the next day it sank. Some 1,500 people perished of the 2 223 on board. Because of the tragedy, the Titanic became perhaps the best-known ship in the world, capturing the public imagination and inspiring popular books and movies. After the 1985 discovery of its wreckage, interest in the famed liner only increased. Some 100 years after its sinking, the Titanic remains an enduring legend.
Her passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as over a thousand emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere seeking a new life in North America. Just before 2:20 am Titanic broke up and sank bow-first with over a thousand people still on board. Those in the water died within minutes from hypothermia caused by immersion in the freezing ocean. The 710 survivors were taken aboard from the lifeboats by RMS Carpathia a few hours later.
The tragic sinking of the unsinkable Titanic - begs asking the unthinkable question, where was God? I am sure that it would not be stretching the bounds of credulity for one to suggest that most of those poor wretched people that died on that fateful day were good, god fearing and trusting Christians. We know this as, apart from being born in Christian Europe, most of those that died where not wealthy or powerful and were from the second and third class cabins. The apostle Paul tells us that not many mighty and powerful are called to be become Christians. This is borne out by the fact that Christianity started and flourished amongst the poor, the servants and the slaves. Even today it is in the third world where Christianity is making head way; where as in the more affluent west it is in decline. When you have nothing and are nothing you turn to God and religion. Therefore most that perished in the Titanic must have been Christians. Money makes people powerful and therefore the powerful (Rich) have never really needed God in their lives. Money buys you the best medical care, the best education, first class service and comfort and the best protection or way out in times of crisis. So it is obvious that most saved from drowning, apart from woman and children, were from first class cabins. There money and the influence it brought would have ensured that they would be saved whereas the less fortunate would have perished.
Yet I am sure that none, of those faithful Christians were thrilled to be called home prematurely to the heavenly city where the streets are lined with gold - especially when they were dreaming of starting a new life in North America. So what happened to God on this day? Where was he? Was he asleep? Where were the guardian angels? Those unfortunates that were drowning must have tried to cling to this life rather than just drown and go willingly into the arms of their saviour, gentle, meek and mild Jesus. They did not want to go to be with the spirit in the sky. They wanted life, real life, not fairy tale eternal life in the sweet bye and bye where they would be doomed forever to play harps and violins on the clouds for eternity (pie in the sky).
Just the thought of going to be with God - even one they loved , admired and pretended to believe in - was as abhorrent to them as it would be to any atheist. God could have foreseen this tragedy and miraculously averted the iceberg hours before the Titanic came into its path. Come on somebody help me, throw me a bone – where was he? Was the anguish, terror and horror of being trapped in an air pocket on a doomed and sinking ship - Gods will? Was the agonising pain as the crushing pressure built up to two, three , four, five atmospheres as the doomed ship spiralled round and round in circles, like a giant whale all the way down to the sea bottom thousand of meters below the icy Atlantic - Gods will?. What about a grief stricken helpless mother or grand mother who sees her children or grand children drown and slowly descend into the chilling abyss. Where is a God when you need one?
On News 24 we read horror stories daily of defenceless two year old girls, boys and babies molested, assaulted, raped and even gang raped. Do not dare come and tell me that we have brought that on our selves because of Adams sin and God has nothing to do with it. When suffering and evil on this scale is perpetrated that sort of reasoning is offensive to say the least. It’s very presumptuous of people to even think that they have the answers when they do not and they cannot even identify with suffering victims. They are so caught up in their heavenly realm that they are no earthly good. They think they are the salt of the earth but they are not. Where was and is God in these circumstance? How some Christians do not suffer a crisis of faith and actually de-convert beats me. Of course God is obligated to relieve suffering if he is good and loving; only the deluded will disagree. Yet the god of all the universes gets a blame pass in the face of massive human suffering. Why?
I will tell you why. He does not exist as he is imaginary and only lives in ones mind and in the Bible. That is the only logical explanation. Get used to it, we are all alone and evil flourishes when good people do nothing. If all the hours and money that Christians waste in Church could be used to uplift the suffering of the less fortunate, life would have much more meaning. By waiting for Jesus to come back and sort every thing out is wishful and delusional thinking; it is a cop out. If he could have come back, he would have done it all ready a long time ago. Like, maybe before the first and second world wars. If he had, he would have prevented hundreds of millions of sense less deaths. He cannot come back because he is still in the grave and Christians cannot prove other wise. By the way your senior pastor does not need another Mercedes or a posh suite, or a mansion - rather do some real good and give your tithe to a charity that works with abused children.
To sum up Christian thinking in explaining tragic events we can assume following: God isn't the 1500 people who died in the Titanic. No, no, no. God is the 700 who survived it. God saved them. God isn't the 300 people who died in the plane crash. No, no, no. God is the one person who survived it. God is that unlikely event. God isn't the death, mayhem, destruction and chaos of the tsunami. No, no, no. God is the miracle puppy which lived through it. God isn't the hundreds of Christians who die every year from incurable cancer. No, no, no. God is the one who may have suffered needlessly, but didn't die. Christian faith is blindness to manifest horror in favour of comfort. Christian faith is picking over a cataclysm looking for anything to indulge their insatiable lust for feeling good about God.