What are you reading? I am currently reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
“In July 1968 Life magazine published a shocking cover showing a pair of starving children in Biafra. Jobs took it to Sunday school and confronted the church’s pastor.
“If I raise my finger, will God know which one I’m going to raise even before I do it?”
The pastor answered, “Yes, God knows everything.”
Jobs then pulled out the Life cover and asked, “Well, does God know about this and what’s going to happen to those children?”
“Steve, I know you don’t understand, but yes, God knows about that.”
Jobs announced that he didn’t want to have anything to do with worshipping such a God and he never went back to church”
According to Jobs, “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.”
extracted from pages 14 to 15 of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Published by Simon & Schuster 2011.
Some questions to ask –
1. If this Pastor were to know his answers would cause Steve to renounce everything about Christianity, would he have handled this differently?
2. Could any answer have caused Steve not to renounce Christianity. In essence, was he using this Biafran issue as an escape opportunity?
3. What is the appropriate role of faith in Christianity, remembering that the Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God and even jesus rebuke his disciples for being of little faith? Should everything be based on faith with no provision for common sense?