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Old 07-02-2005, 07:21 PM   #1
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Bono on Jesus...

Just curious how many have read the in Conversation w/ Bono book. Does Bono seem more up front and direct about his faith than ever before? It may just be the nature of the book or just the way I am reading it but he seems to be bringing most everything in the book back to his faith. Just one quote that sticks out to me: (I just finished the book today).

Author: ...Christ has his rank among the world's great thinkers. But Son of God isn't that a bit farfetched?

Bono: No, It's not farfetched to me. Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: he was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucious. But actually Christ doesn't allow you that. He doesn't let you off the hook. Christ says: No. I am not saying I'm a teacher, don't call me teacher. I am not saying I'm a prophet. I'm saying "I am the Messiah." I'm saying: "I am God incarnate." And people say: No, no please, just be a prophet. A prophet we can take. Your a bit eccentric. We've had John the Baptist eating locusts and wild honey, we can handle that. But don't mention the "M" word! Because, you know, we are going to have to crucify you. And he goes: No, no. I know you're expecting me to come back with an army, and set you free from these creeps, but actually I am the Messiah. At this point, everyone starts staring at their shoes, and says: Oh, my God, he's gonna keep saying this. So what you're left with is: either Christ was who He said He was- the Messiah- or a complete nutcase. I mean, we're talking nutcase on the level of Charles Manson. This man was like some of the people we've been talking about earlier. This man was strapping himself to a bomb, and had "King of the Jews" on his head, and was they were putting him on the cross, was going: OK, martyrdom, here we go. Bring on the pain! I can take it. I'm not joking here. The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside down by a nutcase, for me, that's farfetched...
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The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside down by a nutcase, for me, that's farfetched...
i don't think it's that farfetched, myself. amazing though...

anyway, maybe Bono's feeling more Christian lately. I liked Bono's lyrics and quotes on religion in the 90s cos I could relate to them. but he can believe whatever the hell he wants to, I suppose.

I still can't see him being the type that thinks non-christians are going to hell...

btw, I havent read the book.
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the clarity shines through more than ever.

Bono believe that Jesus is the Christ. And he believes in every word Jesus said.

Awesome.
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the clarity shines through more than ever.

Bono believe that Jesus is the Christ. And he believes in every word Jesus said.

Awesome.
Oy vey.
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the clarity shines through more than ever.

Bono believe that Jesus is the Christ. And he believes in every word Jesus said.

Awesome.
Amen.
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the clarity shines through more than ever.

Bono believe that Jesus is the Christ. And he believes in every word Jesus said.

Awesome.
It works for him, so that's good.

Does how Bono views Jesus (or even religion/faith in general) affect how you (that's anyone reading this post) do?
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It works for him, so that's good.

Does how Bono views Jesus (or even religion/faith in general) affect how you (that's anyone reading this post) do?
I would bet there are alot of Christians that Bono has inspired to think outside the box.
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Does how Bono views Jesus (or even religion/faith in general) affect how you (that's anyone reading this post) do?
hells no! but i find some of his lyrics on religion interesting/thought-provoking.
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What's interesting is that there are still those in this forum who thinks he's a false prophet, that he's fallen, that he's not really a Christian...
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It works for him, so that's good.

Does how Bono views Jesus (or even religion/faith in general) affect how you (that's anyone reading this post) do?
I was brought up by non-practicing Christians that sent me to Catholic Church. My Mom is Protestant and my Dad is Catholic. I got nothing out of CCD classes except that I would rather be anywhere else but. I made my first communion and confirmation, but never retained anything I learned except I didn’t feel worthy enough to be in a Catholic Church because I wasn’t willing to confess my sins and didn’t want to say prayers for repentance. My curiosity in Christianity came from U2. Their faith is so strong. This incredible song "40" that everyone joyful sang out into the streets in 1984/1985 came straight out of the Bible? I bought a Bible for my home when I was getting married in 1989 and the first thing I did was read Psalm 40.

The process for me was very slow and it wasn't until Bono said a prayer in concert 2001 that I crossed over to really wanting to learn to be a Christian - whatever that was.

In the fall of 2002, I started attending a Church to learn more about Christianity. I chose to attend a First Congregational Protestant Church because that is what my husband and best friend experienced. I am very happy to be a part of a church family and I doubt I would have walk through the doors had it not been for Bono.

I learned through Bono that it’s OK to question and be angry with God. I learned about Grace and decided that perhaps God will be OK with me if I am a good person and try to help those in need. Before, I believed that saying a prayer was a punishment for sinning. Now, if I say a prayer – it is to praise God and thank God. If I pray, it is to ask for support for loved ones or those in need – that good things will happen.
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I haven't read the book. It's at the library but it's very popular and it's always checked out.
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Re: Bono on Jesus...

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So what you're left with is: either ...or...
sounds very c.s. lewis. i don't think it's a fair dichotomy.
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