Religion was at its best when it emphasized spiritual experiences rather than received dogma. ‘The juice goes out of Christianity when it becomes too based on faith rather than on living like Jesus or seeing the world as Jesus saw it. Different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s the great mystery.” (p15)
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is my first biography for 2012. It is a long read, repetitive at times, but has some marvelous insights gathered from hundreds of interviews. Steve was by all reports a very strange man. Genius vs unbearable moron. At times he makes a great deal of sense. At others all you can do is shake your head.
In Steve’s mind he was deeply religious. A passionate pursuit of Zen Buddhism shaped his business ethics and creative genius but never gave him the contentment and security he desperately wanted throughout his life.
Biblical Christianity would never have appealed to Steve. He was so entrenched in his own world, his own identity, so deeply self centred, that the call of Jesus to lay down his life and follow Jesus as Lord and saviour would have been absurd to him. So instead of dealing with the real Jesus, his life and his claims about himself, Jobs ignored Jesus and took on the best bits of the ‘Jesus way of life’.
This is intellectual stupidity. You can’t separate the person Jesus and his life. You can’t simply ignore who he claimed to be. He was unashamed about claiming he was the promised saviour of the world, God’s only son. It was this claim that shaped his entire life. It was because he was God’s only son that he layed down his life and rose again for the salvation of the world. All his good ethics were based on the claim that he was God, the creator of life, the one who knew how life works the best. The 4 gospels give us wonderful testimony of the Jesus, the one we call Lord.
Jobs will meet the real Jesus one day and be surprised. He will meet God.