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From: Forthright Magazine <forthright@...>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 17:11:29 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Reality Check

That Old Sinking Feeling
by Stan Mitchell

"Woe! Woe! O great city, Babylon, city of power!
In one hour your doom has come!" (Revelation
18:10).

When the White Star Line's centerpiece was built,
it was heralded as the ultimate ship. Its
designers used every technique to make it safe and
luxurious. Passengers admired the hand-carved
paneling and ran their fingers along the railings
of the stairs, which were made of ivory. But most
striking of all was the fact that it was designed
to prevent sinking. Made of the strongest steel,
its hull was divided into sixteen watertight
compartments. If even four compartments were
ruptured, the great ship would continue to float
with the other twelve. The design made use of the
best of technology to make it safe.

The Titanic was unsinkable.

"The ark," someone has said, "was built by
amateurs; the titanic by professionals." With much
pomp and circumstance, the Titanic sailed from
Southampton harbor in southern England, bound for
New York City. In the evening of October 14, 1912,
the good ship Titanic struck an iceberg, and this
marvel of human engineering took three hours to
sink beneath the cold Atlantic waters. There is no
evidence that a Leonardo De Caprio look-alike was
on board.

It took the Titanic three hours to sink. It took
"Babylon" just one! The eternal city of Rome fell
in a stunningly short time. In spite of human
hubris, there is still a God who is more powerful
than all. God still "opposes the proud, but gives
grace to the humble" (James 4:6).

Personally, I think I'll buy passage with the
company that made the ark!

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