Life of Steve Jobs and Christianity

On Wednesday of this past week, the world received the news that Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple and creator of the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, and the Macintosh computer, had died after a six-year struggle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. A statement from Apple regarding his death said that "Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve." Albert Mohler, a respected Gospel minister and commentator said this about the death of Steve Jobs:

Few individuals of any historical epoch can claim to have changed the way so many people live their lives, do their work, and engage the products of the culture as Steve Jobs did….Christians considering the life and death of Steve Jobs will do well to remember once again the power of an individual life. God has invested massive creative abilities in his human creatures. These are often used for good, and sometimes deployed to evil ends. Steve Jobs devoted his life to a technological dream that he thought would empower humanity….At the same time, Christians cannot leave the matter where the secular world will settle on Steve Jobs’ legacy. The secular conversation will evade questions of eternal significance, but Christians cannot. As is the case with so many kings, rulers, inventors, leaders, and shapers of history, Christians can learn from Steve Jobs and even admire many of his gifts and contributions. Yet, we must also observe what is missing here….We have to measure life by its eternal impact, even as we are thankful for every individual who makes this world a better place.

Let me just make it clear here that as far as we know, we are not trying to suggest that Steve Jobs was a Christian. There is no record of him accepting Jesus Christ as his Saviour. In fact, he was a Buddhist. However, his insight on death is striking, and we want to bounce from that today.

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Link to the aticucle: A Sermon from Steve Jobs – BCNN1 by Daniel Whyte III

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