Steve Jobs and Faith in Unseen Things

Bethany Jenkins | October 24, 2015

If faith is “the assurance of things hoped for” and “the conviction of things unseen” (Heb. 11:1), then Steve Jobs was a man of great faith.

When he set out to create personal computers, people thought he was crazy—but he did it. When he wanted to build Apple stores with concierge services like hotels, people didn’t understand—but he won awards. He brought things to life that most of us couldn’t even imagine.

Leveraging his charisma as a reality distortion field, Jobs had an almost god-like complex. He could convince himself and others to believe just about anything. In one scene of the new Steve Jobs non-biopic, when engineer Andy Hertzfeld complains about the short timeline for creating a demo, Jobs says, “You had three weeks. The universe was created in a third of that time.” Hertzfeld snaps, “Well, someday, you’ll have to tell us how you did it.”

Although we don’t need Jobs’s reality distortion field or god-like complex to see what can’t be seen, we do need faith. But faith in what? Is all faith created equal?

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