I’ve often thought of the Titanic as a modern-day Tower of Babel. The Tower of Babel, according to the book of Genesis in the Old Testament, was a tower being built to heaven. God confounded the languages of the people so that the tower wouldn’t be built. Pretty simple.
The story of the Titanic has a lot of parallels. It was dubbed as an unsinkable ship and the most advanced cruise ship of its time. Because of this hubris, the Titanic and its crew didn’t heed the warnings of the icebergs like they should have and they didn’t pack enough lifeboats. This led to tragic results as 1,500 of the 2,240 passengers and crew died. The ship thought by the entire world to be unsinkable and totally immune to any catastrophe sunk like a stone on its first voyage.
I’m not saying God sunk the Titanic. But there is a lesson here in never thinking we got it all figured out and that we should never worry about any dangers that may come our way. We should always have the humility to acknowledge that things can go wrong and that we’re never as certain of things as we’d like to think.
Any thoughts on this? Anyone else see the Titanic as a modern-day Tower of Babel? I’m especially curious to get responses from those who have a religious background.