Review 01: Bad Blood

 

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I knew about Elizabeth Holmes back in 2014. She had just appeared on the cover on Forbes as the youngest self made billionaire. I was super proud of her and inspired as well. What made Elizabeth Holmes rich was the company she founded called Theranos. I’d also heard and read about the company about the same time, they supposedly developed a cool way to test blood within minutes.

This story piqued my interest for two main reasons. Back then, I’d been researching ways to combine my two passions and turn them into a lifelong career – Medicine and technology. I saw Theranos as a model company doing what I have always wanted to do – applying technology to medicine in order to improve the quality of lives. Theranos was labelled a Silicon Valley company and they were in Medicine. Eureka! I spent so much time reading every article about Holmes and her company and I became even more impressed as I read on.

Fast forward a couple years later and I now find myself fulfilling yet another passion and turning it into a career in management consulting – thinking up solutions and frameworks to help individuals and businesses. As you would imagine, my interest in Theranos waned as I got involved in the daily rigors of consulting. I didn’t keep in touch until some time in 2016 when I read an article saying Theranos had troubles with their technology and practice. I did not pay too much attention to it until 2018 when the story became fully blown. I still was never too invested, then came John Carreyrou’s book Bad Blood. It was the best seller everywhere.

It became the second book I’d read in 2019 (the first I’d finish). What follows in this book is a breathtaking nonstop tale of how Elizabeth defrauded the whole world (including me) through Theranos. The book offers an insider account of how the company failed and the lies it told and kept telling to deceive investors and the public. You can find bits of the Theranos story online (or get the book too!) but one of the major lessons from this book is how the hunger for fame can destroy you if your conscience is unchecked.

Elizabeth Holmes became consumed by her quest to become a star, a billionaire, she didn’t care what she lost or who she stepped on so long as she achieved her goal.  She now faces an FBI investigation and the prospect of up to a 20 year jail term. Power is very deceitful and blinding, this story is particularly pertinent within my country (Nigeria) as we hear tales every other day about how youths dabble into all sorts of online fraud and rituals just to make money. The insatiable quest to buy the next Benz and get the new iPhone has seen so many people get into all sorts of thing. You only need look at Elizabeth Holmes to see that ill gotten wealth can’t last forever, no matter how long you dance around, it will still catch up with you. It didn’t matter the amount of goodwill and magazine covers Elizabeth got, it eventually caught up with her, and it will with you too, if you continue.

Stay True!

Miracle Roch.

The Easter Pabulum

WHAT IF IT DIDN’T HAPPEN?

So what if Jesus didn’t die? What would have changed? How can you say he died to save me, when even my great-grandparents hadn’t been born by then? What logic is there in that statement?

Ab initio, we’ve become accustomed to the story surrounding Calvary but then how does that affect you? Even as a Christian! I say that because I’m aware of the fact that before Jesus came, there were already devoted Christians like John, Anna, Simeon, etc. When I say devoted, I don’t mean “religion-playing”, these guys were staunchly devoted. So what exactly did His death do? How did His death affect me? We are going to try and answer these few questions in the following paragraphs and trust that we’d understand.

Before the advent of the Christ, Christians followed the laws God gave Moses back then in Genesis. Then, it was more of an eye to an eye kinda’ thing and people were regularly falling short of the standard. So God looked, the law didn’t save anyone, the capital punishments attached did not even prevent them from sinning, they had become slaves to sin. They were condemned already. God knew if He let these people be, they’d end up dying and rotting in hell. Sure, God dint want that for almost all mankind. Yes, there were a few who were still serving God but God had always being interested in the greater majority. So what would he do to stop this widespread destruction? Blood needed to be involved, so let me cast your mind back to the biblical story of a king whose nation was losing a war, he killed his son – and heir apparent to the throne – during the war as a sacrifice, the Bible records that there was great indignation and his nation started winning. Now, that story tells you the weighty significance of blood sacrifice. Even then, when people sinned, they offered the blood of animals to atone for their sins. Remember, God’s aim was to make mankind free from sin. His love for mankind was so great that He decided a blood sacrifice was needed to stop this destruction. A meeting ensued in heaven and when the question was asked, everywhere was mute. God had told them how a clean blood was needed and that it had to come from the heaven-ly. Who would offer himself, relinquish the quintessence of heaven and come save mankind that had no regard. It was a very big ask so God condoned the silence, after a while, Christ! The One who had been sitting at the right hand of the Father stood up and said; “Here am I, send me!” and the whole heaven shook almost immediately. God’s beloved was offering himself up. God was shocked, he was torn between saving His son and saving Mankind. He had to choose, and choose fast as time was running out. His love for Mankind was enormous so He decided to send Him. Go ahead Son! I love you, so He said. The Son remained mute as he braced himself.

So what exactly was Jesus supposed to come and do? Jesus was supposed to come and lay down his life as an atonement for Mankind. How was he to do this, by coming in the form of a human being and making sure he was without sin for that was the only way to not be subject to the devil. And in rescuing Mankind, He also had to sell the right ideas to Mankind, His job was not just to come die and go! He was also to teach Mankind the new right kind of way. So that was how the whole story about disciples, miracles, bla bla bla came about. When HE died, what happened? How does it affect you presently? Basically, what happened at His death was a change of systems, a new system – that will last till this day – was put in place and the old system was abolished. There was no need for you to fight sin on your own again anymore, the initiative was no longer with the devil, why? When Jesus died, he went to Hell, yeah, the same place all the others have been going to. He went there because although He was sinless, at the cross there was a transfer! The sins of the whole world was transferred onto His innocent soul that was why when He dies, there were reports of dead bodies rising out of their graves and living, their sins had being taken away. Immediately the transfer was over, Jesus died. In hell, he defeated the devil, took away the keys of death from him. What that meant was that the devil on his own couldn’t take away life. Jesus’ death also opened up access to God, so that you could go directly to him anywhere you find yourself whenever you sinned. Now what God sees isn’t your transgressions anymore, the Blood of Christ covers you meaning anytime your file is brought up in Heaven, theres a “blood” on it meaning he contents have been erased. You didn’t have to wait to get to church or see the priest or something. Right there and then, you could access God and ask to be washed. And that remains till this day. God saw the billion number of people that would perish if this system was not in place.

If Christ hadn’t come, you would probably have been dead now as the complacency you show now would have been punished with death. Now the question is, the way you are living now, is it good enough for someone that gave up His life so you’d have it easy?

Stay True!

Miracle Roch.

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