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…
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)!
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”!