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Posted May 1, 2012
I went into reading this book thinking that I’d really enjoy it, but there were several statements in the book which gave me real pause only not in a good way. Here are a couple of examples:
“While it may seem like a terrible thing to suggest at this point, could it be that God Himself sank the Titanic? When we examine the facts, no other conclusion seems possible:”
“Why would a loving God send 1,522 innocent men, women, and children to their deaths? How could a God of justice be so cruel? This appears to be a facet of God’s nature that we are terrified to consider.”
Later in the book, Casey implied that the Britannic (Titanic's bigger, better successor) had be "cursed" by God because the owners of the shipping company were unrepentant and continued to repeat the sinning ways after the sinking of the Titanic. In other words, even though the ship was used for good at one point, because the shipping company did not see the error of their ways, God also sank the Britannic.
I guess part of my issue is that I don’t see events such as the sinking of the Titanic as prophetic. Can we learn lessons from all of the mistakes made? Absolutely. Can we compare the attitudes of those involved with what is taking place within the Christian community and churches? Sure. Yet, doesn’t mean that the events of the Titanic were prophetic. The reality is that we can take many tragedies and turn them into lessons if we really wanted to do so. We should always study the past, so we can try to learn from the mistakes of generations gone by and try to avoid some of the horrible results of sin in action.
Putting these issues aside, there were a lot of good reminders within the book about what we should and shouldn’t be doing as a church, as Christians. Casey’s careful breakdown of the tragic night were interesting and insightful. As we remember the 100th anniversary of the tragedy of the Titanic, it doesn’t hurt to take a deeper look into the events that lead up to the horrific loss of life. It’s always good to examine the short comings of those involved and use them for introspective reflection on our own lives. What would I have done? In that light, what will I do as a Christian to rescue the lost?
I admit that I was torn on how to rate this book as there is a lot of good, solid information contained within it. Ultimately, I had to deduct stars because of my personal issues with the book. Your opinions may vary.
I received an electronic copy of this book to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. All opinions are my own.