An Evangelical Church in the Heart of Thatcham

A wreck with rusticles!

LE – In this undated file photo provided by Ralph White, the bow of the Titanic at rest on the bottom of the North Atlantic, about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland. A team of scientists will launch an expedition to the Titanic on Aug. 18, 2010, to assess the deteriorating condition of the world’s most famous shipwreck and create a detailed three-dimensional map that will “virtually raise the Titanic” for the public. (AP Photo/Ralph White) NO SALES

It was on this day in 1942 that Robert Ballard, the marine biologist with experience in deep-sea diving and exploration, was born.

His name became well-known after his discovery of the Titanic along with the retrieval of a number of artifacts as well as underwater photographs.

At a depth of 12,600 ft and a pressure of 5,500 pounds per square inch there is not much by way of anything living that should cause the wreck to decay.

That being said, they have observed strange icicle-like formations which they named “rusticles.” Scientists, on further examination, identified a brand-new species of bacteria which apparently survive by consuming the ship’s metal.

More recent reports have suggested that the 110-year-old vessel is dissolving at a quite alarming rate, with some predicting that it won’t take much more than a decade before it becomes an unrecognisable brown smudge on the ocean floor.

In today’s world, there are some that are keen to take the view that the Holy Bible is something of an age-old relic, one which has somewhat sunk beneath the waters of our highly sophisticated age.

The Bible is God’s age-defying gift to mankind of every culture and place and this is why He says: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17)

I, for one, am certainly glad that my Bible is no “wreck with rusticles!”

Pastor Hedley

I am the Pastor at Thatcham Evangelical Church in West Berkshire. This is an FIEC (Fellowship of Evangelical Churches) affiliated church.