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Bill Gates Reveals Family Goes to Catholic Church: 'It Makes Sense to Believe in God'
Christian Post ^ | 3/14/17 | Stoyan Zaimov

Posted on 03/17/2014 6:02:02 AM PDT by marshmallow

Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, revealed in a recent interview that his family goes to a Catholic church and that religious morality inspires a lot of his charity work. He also shared his personal thoughts on God and the biggest issues facing the world today.

"The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We've raised our kids in a religious way; they've gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I've been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that's kind of a religious belief. I mean, it's at least a moral belief," Gates says in an interview with Rolling Stone in the March 27 issue of the magazine.

When asked if he believed in God, he responded, "I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don't know."

At the same time, he said he agrees with "people like Richard Dawkins that mankind felt the need for creation myths."

"Before we really began to understand disease and the weather and things like that, we sought false explanations for them. Now science has filled in some of the realm – not all – that religion used to fill," he said. "But the mystery and the beauty of the world is overwhelmingly amazing, and there's no scientific explanation of how it came about. To say that it was generated by random numbers, that does seem, you know, sort of an uncharitable view [laughs]."

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1 posted on 03/17/2014 6:02:02 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

AMEN.


2 posted on 03/17/2014 6:02:56 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: marshmallow

Too bad his huge foundation doesn’t send a penny to christian efforts across the globe.


3 posted on 03/17/2014 6:05:48 AM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: marshmallow

My sister claims to be an athiest and has turned her back on the church she was raised in and baptized in- The Catholic Church.

However, when my brother was discussing how he, his wife and daughter don’t go to church, my sister freaked out, saying that children need God.

Vewwwwy puzzling.


4 posted on 03/17/2014 6:06:16 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Kevmo

His foundation, like those of wealthy industrialists a century before, is a convenient tax dodge.


5 posted on 03/17/2014 6:08:35 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: marshmallow

Isn’t he and his wife a big pro-abortion and pro-contraception advocate?


6 posted on 03/17/2014 6:09:40 AM PDT by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: marshmallow

Melinda and Bill are HUGE Pro-Abortionists.....maybe Jesus will change their minds before they die.


7 posted on 03/17/2014 6:10:17 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: marshmallow

The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It is where it all starts.


8 posted on 03/17/2014 6:10:20 AM PDT by shineon
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
I knew a couple (since divorced) who would take their son to a Catholic church to Sunday school, then ditch out on church for coffee and Times newspaper reading at a coffee shop/bookstore.

I don't know if they did it as insurance against immoral peer pressure or to keep their parents/grandparents from haranguing them.

9 posted on 03/17/2014 6:11:13 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: marshmallow

He seems a little mixed up and unsure.


10 posted on 03/17/2014 6:14:41 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
My sister claims to be an athiest and has turned her back on the church she was raised in and baptized in- The Catholic Church.

However, when my brother was discussing how he, his wife and daughter don’t go to church, my sister freaked out, saying that children need God.

Vewwwwy puzzling.


Sounds like your sister knows in her heart that God exist. My husband rejected God for years. One Sunday I was trying to get my three sons ready for church and my husband was complaining I should not force them to go. I had been fervently praying for my husband and showing him unconditional love, but that Sunday I lost it. I turned to him and said fine, we'll do it your way. I won't go, the kids won't go and well all go to hell and it will be ALL your fault. I did not really believe that, nor would I stop going, but I did not go that Sunday. Three months later my husband turned his life to Christ. Even if I'm sick and can't go to church, he goes.

11 posted on 03/17/2014 6:16:05 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: marshmallow

Reminiscent of the altar on Mars hill that the learned men of Athens had built and dedicated, “To the unknown god.” (Acts 17:22-23) St. Paul then witnessed to them about the God he knew and to whom he dedicated his life.


12 posted on 03/17/2014 6:16:51 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: marshmallow

Puts him light years ahead of your typical Silicon Valley elites. Keep praying, there is hope for him.


13 posted on 03/17/2014 6:18:15 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: marshmallow

I’d never believe a single word from Bill Gates.
He is only interested in one thing...Bill Gates.
If he is saying this, it means he is trying to manipulate someone into doing something HE wants.


14 posted on 03/17/2014 6:19:45 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: marshmallow

Terrific! Good for him! Too bad he’d enslave and/or kill us all for “the greater good” just like the rest of his leftist buddies.


15 posted on 03/17/2014 6:19:46 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Ann Archy
Melinda and Bill are HUGE Pro-Abortionists.....maybe Jesus will change their minds before they die

...or after.

17 posted on 03/17/2014 6:31:54 AM PDT by madison10
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To: marshmallow
http://www.lifenews.com/2013/11/15/bill-gates-foundation-openly-supports-abortion-at-international-conference/
18 posted on 03/17/2014 6:33:49 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: frogjerk

The biggest. A huge chunk of his foundation’s money goes to birth control research.


19 posted on 03/17/2014 6:35:20 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Kevmo
Too bad his huge foundation doesn’t send a penny to christian efforts across the globe.

His foundation is staffed with Clinton administrators who unfortunately schooled him in their brand of politics.

Gates was never involved with politics until after Janet Reno tried to force him to make our computers accessible to the federal government - that "backdoor" thing. When he did realize he needed to be politically aware he got schooled by liberals.

It might be good if we added Bill Gates and his family to our prayers.

20 posted on 03/17/2014 6:35:53 AM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: Kevmo

Well, part of his fortune was made by patent poaching people without the money to defend their patents through the courts. Every now and then a third party would finance one of the lawsuits and Bill would get a smack down from the courts, but usually they went broke and had to concede the litigation. That happened over and over all through the eighties.

Maybe Bill doesn’t feel right about giving that money to God because of how he got the money and what scripture says about making the amends he has not made.


21 posted on 03/17/2014 6:36:58 AM PDT by MrEdd (vHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: a fool in paradise

at best he’s a cafeteria catholic

But since he’s got so much money that could be used for God’s purposes, I’ll say a prayer for him.


22 posted on 03/17/2014 6:38:15 AM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: marshmallow

Take THAT, angry atheists!


23 posted on 03/17/2014 6:38:52 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: marshmallow

Bill, who wants medical care rationed, must be worried that maybe he could be wrong. So he is puttin’ his chip in for God, just in csse he is wrong.

LOL


24 posted on 03/17/2014 6:43:07 AM PDT by dforest
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To: marshmallow

It this the same Bill Gates to advocates eugenics and abortion?
He may go to church, but he isn’t be a Catholic.


25 posted on 03/17/2014 6:47:04 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: Zathras

Bingo. Gates worships Gates.


26 posted on 03/17/2014 6:56:15 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: marshmallow

“The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We’ve raised our kids in a religious way; they’ve gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I’ve been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that’s kind of a religious belief. I mean, it’s at least a moral belief,” Gates says in an interview with Rolling Stone in the March 27 issue of the magazine.
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Many years ago I was involved in a charity fund raising event w/ Bill Gates SR and Bill Gates JR. I can’t say I ‘know’ either men in the sense of knowing what is in their hearts. I also cannot defend or decry Microsoft. What I can say, through my own observation, is both of the Gate’s men appeared passionate about helping others.

What I took from the passage above is that Melinda Gates is the Catholic and is raising their children as Catholics...and Bill ‘supports’ the decision but doesn’t call himself a Catholic. I also interpreted his comments about faith and science to say that there are mysteries or unknowns that cannot be explained with science. Further Gates believes ‘faith’ or religion is a ‘good’ way to explain the unknowns and he and his wife use faith based teachings to instill the need to help others.

I don’t know, but I believe that Gates did not set up his foundation as a tax dodge...but even if he did, I don’t care. I will never know, but I would think it would be challenging as a mega wealthy person to raise children if those children did not have a strong moral upbringing. I think having faith and following a charitable path is not a BAD thing.


27 posted on 03/17/2014 6:59:11 AM PDT by conservaKate (R got it wrong in 2012. We must get it right in 2014 & 2016.)
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To: marshmallow

The interview doesn’t mention Jesus or Christ at all.

A Christ-less faith is no faith at all, even for those who are regular church-goers.

Not saying Bill Gates doesn’t have a relationship with the Savior; just saying that this article gives no indication that Bill Gates is a believer.


28 posted on 03/17/2014 6:59:20 AM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: marshmallow
'It Makes Sense to Believe in God'

Absolutely .... Any belief that denies the existence God the Creator ... is Anti-Science ......

... the complexity of these mathematical models of how these things are indeed done are beyond human comprehension. Even though I am a mathematician, I look at this with a marvel of how do these instruction sets not make these mistakes as they build what is us? It's a mystery, it's magic, it's divinity. Then you start to take a look at adult life. Take a look at this little tuft of capillaries. It's just a tiny sub-substructure, microscopic. But basically by the time you're nine months and you're given birth, you have almost 60,000 miles of vessels inside your body. I mean, and only one mile is visible. 59,999 miles that are basically bringing nutrients and taking waste away. The complexity of building that within a single system is, again, beyond any comprehension or any existing mathematics today.

And that instruction set, from the brain to every other part of the body -- look at the complexity of the folding. Where does this intelligence of knowing that a fold can actually hold more information, so as you actually watch the baby's brain grow -- and this is one of the things that we're doing right now. We're actually doing the launch of two new studies of actually scanning babies' brains from the moment they're born. Every six months until they're six years old -- we're going to be doing actually to about 250 children -- watching exactly how the gyri and the sulci of the brains fold to see how this magnificent development actually turns into memories and the marvel that is us.

29 posted on 03/17/2014 7:02:33 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: marshmallow
"I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don't know."

Yep. I believe in God but I ignore everything He says.

30 posted on 03/17/2014 7:04:24 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: MrEdd

Yep. When he finally takes his last breath, Gates will leave this rock the same way every person has ever left it, penniless and alone. All of his wealth, will be worthless to him, as it was to Steve Jobs. When he finds himself standing in front of The Lord, he will have to account for the use of his wealth during his time here. With all his foundation spending across the world intended to eradicate people instead assisting them, he will get his “come to Jesus” moment in the most literal of terms.


31 posted on 03/17/2014 7:07:29 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: frogjerk
Not just huge pro-abortion and pro-contraception "advocates" --- they're huge global-scale direct promoters and FUNDERS.

People like this absolutely floor me.

32 posted on 03/17/2014 7:11:53 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Floor me.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
I don't think so. I believe children need a comforting set of rules -- whatever they may be. Bringing them up in "anything goes" makes them unhappy.

Religion can't be replaced with nationalism or ideology for a child

If they don't want to bring up the children with religion, at least make them spiritual with a sense of morality (but then morality comes from God)...

33 posted on 03/17/2014 7:15:28 AM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: Linda Frances

Wonderful story!!!

Thank you for sharing. I have had some discussions with my sister but I prefer to just set a good example. She cannot understand why I am always so happy and how things seem to work for me. I cannot stress enough the power that prayer has. Prayer gives me such a deep happiness!!

I hope the tide changes for her and so many others that are lost like her.


34 posted on 03/17/2014 7:16:16 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Linda Frances

Wonderful story!!!

Thank you for sharing. I have had some discussions with my sister but I prefer to just set a good example. She cannot understand why I am always so happy and how things seem to work for me. I cannot stress enough the power that prayer has. Prayer gives me such a deep happiness!!

I hope the tide changes for her and so many others that are lost like her.


35 posted on 03/17/2014 7:16:17 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: shineon

Like your post!


36 posted on 03/17/2014 7:16:38 AM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: conservaKate
He set up his foundation to get as many women as possible to destroy their normal, natural, healthy sexual physiology.

Their #1 project is achieving universal hormonal disorder for every female.

37 posted on 03/17/2014 7:16:57 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Floors me.)
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To: Slyfox

“It might be good if we added Bill Gates and his family to our prayers. “ well said


38 posted on 03/17/2014 7:17:10 AM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: marshmallow

Ah, the arrogance of extreme wealth. Why does anybody care what Bill Gates thinks about God? It’s Gates who needs to care about what God thinks about Bill Gates....


39 posted on 03/17/2014 7:24:04 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Mrs. Don-o

He’s on record calling population control ‘God’s work’.


40 posted on 03/17/2014 7:25:28 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Future Snake Eater
Terrific! Good for him! Too bad he’d enslave and/or kill us all for “the greater good” just like the rest of his leftist buddies.

He and his old man continually support efforts to raise taxes in the state of WA.

41 posted on 03/17/2014 7:29:10 AM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: marshmallow

Religious morality inspires him to donate to Planned Parenthood and other leftist organizations?

If he had any kind of morality at all he would be donating to help the military who return from war, and he would be standing in front of a Planned Parenthood Clinic praying for an end to abortion.


42 posted on 03/17/2014 7:33:02 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Keep praying for them. They can come back through your prayers. Remember St. Monica and pray.


43 posted on 03/17/2014 7:33:59 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Zathras

I am having the same reaction as you. Gates, that guy who advocates for eugenics? THAT Gate? Yep, I see the hand of God working in him.

He makes me ill.


44 posted on 03/17/2014 7:34:31 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: marshmallow
When asked if he believed in God, he responded, "I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don't know."

Interesting. A Pascal's Wager equivocation for what is generally a "yes" or "no" or "maybe" answer. Makes sense, given his background.

None the less, he's on the right path. May his heart open fully.

45 posted on 03/17/2014 7:47:07 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: marshmallow

Bill Gates is a very wealthy man. He can keep it all himself and then have a large portion of it confiscated by the government through taxes, or he can give a lot a way and be seen as charitable. I have no problem with him giving a lot away, except that so much of what he gives away causes more harm than good to our country and our world. Now we find out that he goes to church. I had never heard that before in all the years that Gates has been in the public eyes. That he goes to church is a good thing. Maybe it will draw him closer to God, and he will rethink funding the promotion of things such as the killing of unborn children and the Common Core curriculum. On the other hand, maybe the news of church attendance is out there simply to deflect some criticism off of him. Kind of like how Clinton started carrying around that big black Bible after the Monica scandal. If the latter, it is working, judging by some comments on this board.

Jesus advised His followers to “be innocent as doves but be wise as serpents” for a very good reason. I wouldn’t start giving Gates a pass on things yet until I see some evidence that he truly is a faithful Catholic. Until then, I am going to see his church attendance as little more than a useful prop - just like Bill Clinton’s big black Bible.


46 posted on 03/17/2014 7:47:22 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: marshmallow

“...and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world.”

Inequity and equity mean a bunch of different things.

For example, a conservative could say that communism and Islam are the two greatest causes of inequity in the world, while hypocritically claiming to support equity’s bastard son, equality of outcome.

By creating the DOS and Windows operating systems for computers, Microsoft has done enormous good in indirectly promoting equity. He gave people the tools to improve their own lives, and they did.

However, by embracing internationalism, socialism, and even the foolish Catholic pursuit of equality of outcome, he has done much to harm equity in the world.

To start with, open borders and unlimited immigration may marginally improve the lot of immigrants, but they hurt those left behind, by not changing their lives for the better back home; and they hurt those who are already citizens in the new nation, by taking the wealth the local people could have enjoyed.

Other programs, like direct aid and welfare, are often counterproductive because they inhibit success beyond dependency. If the church wishes to feed the poor, it should do so on its own, not demand that government do it.


47 posted on 03/17/2014 7:47:51 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Ann Archy

One can hope. It would be nice though if their pastor would make an effort to catechize them on the sin of abortion and contraception and their push for population control.


48 posted on 03/17/2014 7:53:08 AM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: marshmallow; Biggirl

Yah, but he’s pro-abortion, and so is Melinda, his “Catholic” wife. I’ll bet she goes to Communion, too.


49 posted on 03/17/2014 8:36:03 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: lastchance

Very few Catholic priests, or other preachers, are going to preach things that would cause a multi-billionaire to go elsewhere. Anyway, the priest is probably pro-abortion himself. It’s Seattle, isn’t it?


50 posted on 03/17/2014 8:41:27 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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