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Steve Jobs: Biography Reveals Jobs' View on God and Life

The anticipated biography on Steve Jobs reveals new information about the entrepreneur’s views on God and life.

Jobs, the former co-founder and CEO of Apple, was known to be a Buddhist during his time at Apple, where he worked to catapult the company to the forefront of the technology world.

Once diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and as death began to loom over his head, Jobs hoped for something more in the afterlife.

Walter Isaacson, Jobs’ official biographer, told CNN: “I remember sitting in his backyard in his garden one day and he started talking about God. He said, ‘Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don’t. I think it’s 50-50 maybe’.”

“But ever since I’ve had cancer, I’ve been thinking about it more,” said Isaacson, quoting Jobs. “And I find myself believing a bit more. I kind of – maybe it’s cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated. Somehow it lives on.”

The diagnosis of pancreatic cancer also helped Jobs to rethink many personal matters.

Jobs was adopted as an infant. When he was older, Jobs confronted his mother and father about why his biological parents rejected him.

According to Isaacson, Jobs parents replied: “No, you don’t understand. We specifically picked you out.”

Isaacson explains how that moment reshaped the way Jobs viewed himself.

“He said, ‘From then on, I realized that I was not-just abandoned. I was chosen. I was special,'” Isaacson told “60 Minutes.”

Jobs was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. He refused surgery, which would help to remove the cancer, and decided to treat the disease with a macrobiotic diet. However, his alternative treatment failed and it continued to spread.

Jobs passed away Oct. 5 due to complications affiliated with the pancreatic cancer.

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