On the death of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

JP: As a Mac user (2 Macbooks, IPod, IPad) I really appreciate the genius of Steve Jobs. On my own blog I briefly commented on the subject of death (here). That particular blog post was not specifically about Steve Jobs but more or less my reaction to the death of a young co-worker two weeks ago. I mentioned his death on my blog here. On our recent trip I saw a billboard that had a message about “every day is a gift”. I thought a bit about that and how we need to reflect that gift back to God by “present[ing] [our] bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1-2).

Perhaps you are aware that Steve Jobs presented the commencement speech at Stanford back in 2005. A YouTube video of that speach is here. In that speach, Steve Jobs commented on death:

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.

The “Dear Steve” blog post is a response both to the untimely death of Steve Jobs and also to his view of death. About the source of this blog post – it is from Mark Driscoll’s church. This is somewhat of a standard disclaimer but I want to make clear that linking to this article should not be construed as an endorsement of that ministry. Nevertheless, the blog post is very good and I recommend it to you.

Dear Steve

Brief excerpt (but the whole article is very good!)

Steve, you were wrong. So wrong.

Death isn’t natural. It wasn’t meant to be that way. Death is the worst thing that happened, not the best. Paul tells us in Romans 6:23 that death is the result of sin.

Death isn’t the end. You’re not “cleared away” as you say. You’re still around—you’re a soul that God created.

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