Monday, March 2, 2009

Ten Lepers - Ends - I'M RICH!

Luke 17:19 Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

Bill Gates makes roughly $7.8 billion a year. This Microsoft Cofounder and CEO, was interviewed November 1995 on PBS by David Frost. Below is the transcript with minor edits...

Frost: Do you believe in the Sermon on the Mount?
Gates: I don't. I'm not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis. The specific elements of Christianity are not something I'm a huge believer in. There's a lot of merit in the moral aspects of religion. I think it can have a very, very positive impact.
Frost: I sometimes say to people, do you believe there is a god, or do you know there is a god? And, you'd say you don't know?
Gates: In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.

Gates was profiled by Walter Isaacson in a January 13, 1996 TIME MAGAZINE cover story. Here are some excerpts compiled by the Drudge Report:

Isaacson: Isn't there something special, perhaps even divine, about the human soul?
Gates: I don't have any evidence on that.
Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.

Jesus said to the leper who came back to thank Him - Go, your faith has healed you. Does that mean that for all the other lepers, their disease returned to them? I thought about this and studied it - because, to me - it seemed like that was what they deserved because they didn't say "thank you". But, that's not how Jesus works. What He meant was that the leper's soul was healed. He had faith in Jesus, trusted His word and now He would be in heaven with Jesus one day.

People often wonder why Bill Gates and other wealthy men in the world who are not Christians are blessed with so much money. I think the story of the ten lepers answers that questions. You may receive many things here on this earth - but let it be known that they are all blessings from God and if you choose to ignore that and not acknowledge that it was Him who sent His only son to die for you - you will not get the greatest reward there is to obtain. . .

5 wonderful insights:

Greg C said...

And in addition to what you said, I believe that people become slaves to wealth and money. In a sense they are worshiping money itself. And in the end, they can't take it with them so there will be no one to speak for them when they appear before God.

Sharon said...

This is a great post and I soooo agree with Greg. People do worship the money, and then what comes after that.
This is a great share

Edie said...

I love this post Dorothy. I find it interesting and sad that he (like many others) sees a separation between science and God. The very nature of science is proof that God exists.

I was also thinking this morning about what it will be like to be forever living in deep sorrow and torment. It make me want to do more to bring the lost into the Kingdom.

debrah said...

How sad...it doesn't make sense that those who want to accumulate all that the world can offer them are satisfied with that...you would think that they would eventually become disatisfied and realize that there is only One who can satisfy...like Edie said that as a man of science he should recognize that science eventually runs out of answers unless you consider God the creator of the universe.
Thank you Dorothy for another great post.

Chatty Kelly said...

I think it's power. People with big power (whether money, status, fame) think THEY are it. They are so wrapped up in themselves, they can't believe in a God who is bigger.

You've gotten us thinking today! (I've been without electricity some I'm catching up on back posts).