Steve Jobs: Blind Visionary

Enough will be written about Steve Jobs, and with much more eloquence than I am capable of.  Suffice it to say, Steve changed the world. He changed MY world. In all the same ways he changed yours.

Steve Jobs gained the world, but sadly he did so at the cost of his soul. This is Steve Jobs at Stanford University on June 12, 2005:

You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

And later in the same speech, this:

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 of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Steve’s philosophy of living by “your own inner voice” and following “your heart and intuition” without regard to objective truth – especially as that truth is revealed in the word of God – is humanistic and eternally fatal.

Death is not the single best invention in life. It’s an enemy. It is the consequence of the very philosophy of life which Steve encouraged those kids on a beautiful spring afternoon at Stanford to pursue: don’t listen to anyone or anything but yourself and your own heart. “As by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Adam followed his heart, and we followed Adam into death.

The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Out of the heart proceeds all manner of evil. Following your heart – unless and until it is transplanted by the Spirit and Word of God – will gain you the world but cost you your soul.

And when death comes, you haven’t merely been “cleared away,” Steve. Death is judgment – the physical consequence of the fall of Adam. And physical death releases the soul into the presence of the Creative Genius to whom we must give an account. The only way to truly live, Steve, is to live Someone else’s life. Crucified with Christ, nevertheless alive – not me – but Christ – truly living by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.

For all of his creative genius and vision, Steve Jobs was blind (it appears) to the light of the glorious gospel in the face of Jesus Christ. His vision changed the world. His blindness – his inability to truly see the only thing worth seeing – cost him his soul. Steve Jobs could see the future. A tragedy that he could not see eternity.

4 Replies to “Steve Jobs: Blind Visionary”

  1. Great insight, Paul. Steve Jobs was a visionary when it came to making technology user friendly, but as a philosopher, he certainly had it wrong.

  2. Jobs must have been a follower of Emerson and Thoreau. Sad that the Transcendentalist philosophy is so prevalent in our world.

  3. Indeed tragic…. But no more tragic than the bum in the door way at 14th and Marquette that slips into eternity unnoticed.

    Mark 8:36
    For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

    Good post Paul, and a refreshing change to the site.

    (For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

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