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Lessons from the Titanic

RMS Titanic
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None of these are nautical suggestions, but I’ve come across several interesting items about the Titanic.

1. Just because there are differing accounts of an event doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.  Some eyewitnesses thought the ship split in two pieces before sinking (they were ultimately proved right) and some claimed it did not.  But what did they all know with certainty?  The ship sunk.

The application to challenges to the accounts in the Bible is this: Even though there are, in my view, satisfactory explanations for alleged discrepancies in eyewitness accounts in the Bible, even if they were truly different it wouldn’t mean the event didn’t happen.  Even if two people gave slightly different accounts of the post-resurrection events it doesn’t mean the resurrection didn’t happen.

For example, one Gospel account mentions a single angel and another mentions two angels.  But there is no contradiction, because one doesn’t say there was one and only one angel at all times with the other claiming that there were two angels.  Perhaps one account just mentioned the angel that spoke, or there was just one angel present at the point in time being described.  But even if the claims were contradictory it doesn’t mean the tomb had a body or that there were zero angels.

And of course, if eyewitness claims were identical in all reported details then people would assume that collusion was involved.

2. A book titled The Wreck of the Titan was written 14 years before the Titanic sank but had some remarkable parallels.  But that doesn’t mean the Titanic didn’t really sink.   This analysis of the Zeitgeist movie (a film with many spurious claims, such as that Christianity was just borrowed from other religions) notes the following:

Did you know there’s a book that was written around the turn-of-the-last-century about a ship that was an unsinkable ship, which hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage and sank?  The name of the ship was the Titan.  This is remarkable because some 15 years later the Titanic sunk on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg.   Now what if you had read the novel and then later heard that a ship called the Titanic had actually sunk?  I’m sure you can see that rejecting the story of the Titanic on its face would be foolish only because you’d read a novel similar to the actual event.   Whether or not the Titanic sank is determined by the evidence for its sinking, unrelated to any other fictional stories that were like it.

By the same token, the story of Jesus described in the primary source documents, the historical documents we know popularly as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, stands alone on its own merit.  The story stands or falls on the strength of the historical evidence.

There are many other reasons to dismiss the copycat religion claims leveled at Christianity.

3. John Harper was a real hero from the Titanic, calling out, ” Women, children and unsaved into the lifeboats!” and sharing the Gospel with people up until the time that he drowned.  How many Christians work to share the Gospel with the lost even when times are comfortable?

Hat tip for items 1 & 2 — Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason