From: T.M. Schoewe
Dead at 56 years! Steve Jobs’ death was a disappointment especially to Americans. We have been through ten years of disappointments. Disappointments militarily, economically and politically, but one area, technology, seems to be exempt. And Steve Jobs seems to have become the evangelist of personal technology. In October 2001 while the ruins of the Trade Center were still smoldering, Jobs introduced the IPOD. In January 2011, when America was suffering a real recession and unemployment was over ten percent, Jobs introduced the IPAD. This introduction brought even more hope for technology and our world. Maybe man will finally achieve a technological advancement that will remove the curses of the world and death, which are fated for all since the eating of the apple in that old garden long ago. We really don’t believe this nor did Steve Jobs. But he also didn’t believe in what happened in the old garden. Here is some of what he said in his Stanford commencement address, after he spoke frankly about his cancer diagnosis. “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention in life. It cleans out the old to make room for the new. Right now the new is you. But someday you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.” For Jobs, death is the END. There is no more. So in your time, know your time is limited. So do not waste it. Make your life meaningful. This sounds like Socrates or the Buddha or Emerson and it sounds great until we face death and say that this ends it all and that there is no more.
You probably know Jobs was the child of a couple of students at the University of Wisconsin. Unable to support him, he was adopted by a man named Jobs who name him Steve. Skipping over his early life schooling and occupation with the computer, Jobs took leave to go to Asia and examine the teachings the Buddhist. He returned a convert to Zen Buddhism convinced as anyone could be that this life is all there is. Period! That’s it!
Steve Jobs is dead at 56 and we are sad because in all his wonderful discoveries he missed Job, that oldest of the old books which tells of the man Job who was covered with boils and who, while with a potsherd scraping them off his body says, “I know that my Redeemer lives and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” Job 19:25. By not searching old Job, Jobs missed out on many discoveries that would even more enhance his meaningful inventions! Job or whoever wrote that book and 65 other strange men have written about death as being not the end! There are some great scenes of after death. What? Surprises, questions, happiness, suffering and the fiery end of this present world or existence. All of this Steve Jobs calls mere dogma and dismisses it.
All 66 writers close in on a triangle which tells them about the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth, another Who removes the curse of death because of the unbelief of one who chose to eat the forbidden fruit, and another Who gives us faith to believe in Him Who removed that curse
and so death is not the end and our life will go on. This is your great discovery to hold onto!
The end question is why do some believe in this good news for this dying world and others not? It becomes even greater when we know only God generates faith. We really do not know and we will have to ask the Lord one day! Another question to ask some might very well be “wouldn’t you like to believe, or do you want to believe more? We close with how a worried father, while waiting for his son to be healed, spoke to Jesus saying, “Lord, I believe, help Thou my unbelief!!” P.S. You can find an extensive article in the Wall Street Journal (OCT 8-9) on Steve Jobs written by Crouch, editor of Christianity Today.