Faith (reading Steve Job’s biography)

The juice goes out of Christianity when it become too based on faith rather than on living like Jesus or seeing the world as Jesus saw it. (Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson

When I first saw this quote, I was a little appalled. You have to remember that Steve Jobs is one of my heroes. I love the man’s work, but to find him saying something that so directly attacks my faith is a little disconcerting.

But then I started to think a little about it.

What is faith if it is not “seeing the world as Jesus saw it”? Shouldn’t that be the core of faith? Shouldn’t faith begin with the realization that the way I see the world is incorrect and broken? (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Really, isn’t faith all about laying down my own opinions of how the world should be and accepting what Jesus saw?

The apostles did not go to their deaths because of a religious system or a way of life. They were willing to be persecuted and die because Jesus had spent three years teaching them how the world is supposed to be. He wanted them to see what he saw. And once they did, they were willing to go to the ends of the earth to see it happen. Paul endured the persecutions he did not because he wanted to or because he had some kind of death wish, but because he saw the world as Jesus saw it.

Religion can be manipulated by mankind. We can twist it away from faith, away from Jesus’ vision. And that’s the religion – the Christianity – that Jobs rejected. He rejected the human form of Christianity – the one that fits into man’s categories and ideas – the one that, to be frank, does not require Jesus’ involvement except the franchising of his name.

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