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Don’t Die Twice!!

Biographer: Jobs refused early and potentially life-saving surgery:

Apple CEO Steve Jobs refused to allow surgeons to perform what could have been life-saving surgery on his pancreatic cancer, says his biographer Walter Isaacson. In one of his deepest discussions with him, Isaacson says Jobs told him he regretted his decision to try alternative therapies and said he put off the operation because it was too invasive.

Isaacson reveals these and many other inner thoughts of the man who entrusted him with the writing of his life story in the upcoming book, “Steve Jobs.” The author talks to Steve Kroft in his first interview about Jobs, the late technology visionary whose innovative products like the Macintosh, iPhone and iPad changed the world. The interview will be broadcast on “60 Minutes,” Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

“I’ve asked [Jobs why he didn’t get an operation then] and he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened…I didn’t want to be violated in that way,'” Isaacson recalls. So he waited nine months, while his wife and others urged him to do it, before getting the operation, reveals Isaacson. Asked by Kroft how such an intelligent man could make such a seemingly stupid decision, Isaacson replies, “I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking…we talked about this a lot,” he tells Kroft. “He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it…. I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner.”

He finally had the surgery and told his employees about it, but played down the seriousness of his condition. Isaacson says he was receiving cancer treatments in secret even though he was telling everyone he was cured.

Steve Jobs “waited too late” for a potentially life-saving surgery. Consequently, he died.

Those who wait too late for soul-saving “surgery” will also die…twice. Twice?! Yes…

First death:

Lungs stop breathing. Heart stops beating. Kidneys and liver stop filtering. Brain stops executing. Body dies and decomposes. The soul is separated from the body. This “first death” is the common lot of all humanity.

For believers in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, the first death is actually a blessing. Paul said, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” and “My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better” (Phil. 1.21, 23) and “…we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8).

When Christians die, their soul immediately goes to Heaven to be with Christ. Jesus told the dying thief, “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23.43). When Jesus Christ returns, all believers will receive resurrection bodies that will never again be subject to sickness, weakness, death, or even aging (1 Cor. 15.50-57; Rev. 21.4)!

Second death:

The soul is separated from God forever. The soul of an unbeliever goes to Hades immediately upon that person’s “first death”. At the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20.11-15), the souls of all unbelievers will be reunited with their resurrection bodies, judged according to their works, and then cast into the lake of fire, and experience the “second death.”

Steve Jobs died once. That’s a fact that captured the world’s attention. I cannot speak authoritatively about whether or not he was prepared for death. What I do know is this: Only those who know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord are prepared for death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).

When a person puts their faith and trust in Jesus, their name is written in Book of Life. “And if anyone’s name [is] not found written in the book of life, he [is] thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:15). Is it any wonder then why Paul wrote, “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2). Repent while you can. Trust Christ while you can. Please don’t “wait too late”!

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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Death, Heaven, Hell, Jesus Christ, Salvation

 

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Steve Jobs Addresses Death

The paragraphs below are a portion of the Commencement address Steve Jobs gave at Standford University on June 12, 2005. I’ve highlighted a few sentences for emphasis.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

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.

I do not know what Steve Jobs’ spiritual condition was when he tasted death, but I do know that Someone superior to him, the One who created Steve Jobs, tasted death for all mankind so that when death does come, it doesn’t have to be something that we dread. His name is Jesus (Heb. 2.9)! Read the following two passages and rejoice over what Christ has done to give believers victory over death:

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery (Hebrews 2:14-15 ESV).

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him (Hebrews 9:27-28 ESV).

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Death, Jesus Christ

 

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