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Old 03-31-2005, 03:48 PM   #1
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Has U2 Influenced Your Choice of Faith?

Rolling Stone magazine first introduced U2 (in 1981 methinks) as that new Christian band from Ireland.

When I first listened to "October", I knew the guy writing the lyrics was a Christian.

*the rest of the years kept confirming this*


I go back to the storm by caused by Dylan's "Slow Train Coming."


U2, to me, is still keeping this rolling strong.


Has U2 confirmed, or helped, your choice of a religious faith or non-faith?
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No.

I think my faith made me become a fan not the other way around.
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Re: Has U2 Influenced Your Choice of Faith?

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Rolling Stone magazine first introduced U2 (in 1881 methinks) as that new Christian band from Ireland.
u2 is 125 year old? then bono should be over 140!
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Old 03-31-2005, 03:56 PM   #5
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"u2 is 125 year old? then bono should be over 140!"


Thanks all_i_want,

I corrected the typo.


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Actually, a little bit. I wasn't open to Christianity, period, when I got into U2. I considered it my childhood religion that I'd quit and gone on to something else, and was attending a Unitarian Church. I felt empty, though, and I'm the kind of person who wants more structure and discipline than I was getting with that arrangement. I'd listen to U2 and think "hey, if they can be Christian, why not me?" Other issues weighed in much more heavily and even I was shocked at the developments that surrounded my conversion to Catholicism. Looking back at the sixteen years since I became a Catholic, it was the hardest thing I ever did in my life, and my conversion process was slow and painful and actually took years. It's also the best decision I ever made, the one I'm the most thankful I made. I don't know why God decided to bless me with this faith, He just did. I'm definitely not worthy.
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Nah. I was already a heathen when I started listening to U2.

Even though I don't share their religious belief I am interested in their exploration of it in their work. I don't necessarily need to agree with their premise or conclusions to find the journey compelling. I enjoy the work of many artists without sharing their viewpoint or beliefs. It's a great way to expand your mind.
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their music plays a large role in my spirituality, but i can't say that it has influenced my beliefs (or lack thereof).

in other words, to quote indra, i was a heathen long before u2 came along.
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Quote:
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"u2 is 125 year old? then bono should be over 140!"


Thanks all_i_want,

I corrected the typo.


*spellcheck,at times, does not helkp*
Hi!

No.

Mr.B over 140......could be.........I know wizards live long lives........but I doubt Mr. B is a wizard......a prophet perhaps....but I could be wrong.....{forgive me....but I'm CNNed out for today........(ugh)........now what was the question???

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Re: Has U2 Influenced Your Choice of Faith?

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Has U2 confirmed, or helped, your choice of a religious faith or non-faith?

U2 has always been the gateway to Christianity for me. My family is not very spiritual, and as my pastor says, "Yankees are private about their religious faith". People in my area don't discuss their faith often - even at Church. I have always loved U2's views on faith and listened up.
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No.

I find the music encourages my faith, but it did not call me to faith.
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They haven't influenced my chosen faith, but have inspired me to keep going.
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No, they haven't influenced the beliefs I hold-I've had them before I got into U2. I was just happy to find a band out there that I felt I could relate to quite well in regards to religious beliefs-that's one of many reasons why I love the band.

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Music has always been incredibly important to me. Back in the early 1990s, I loved certain bands, but I didn't like their message or their lyrics. Then there was "Christian" music which had interesting lyrics, but crap music. (It's a lot better now in some cases.) I was having trouble finding music to believe in I guess. (Not in the idol sense, but in the expressive, artistic sense.)
Then a friend who loved U2 more than I did at the time, asked me to bring my Bible over. I did and he showed me all the verses that Bono took stuff from for the lyrics of "Until The End of the World."
That was one of the life changing events I've been through (I seriously mean that.) Here we had the coolest band, with the coolest music and they have lyrics from the Bible.
It taught me that I could be a Christian and not conform to the dry, cheesy Christian culture at the time. It made the faith relevant and I've been interested in Bono and the boys' faith ever since.

Speaking of relevant, Bono and U2 even influenced an organization called Relevant Media, that has Relevant magazine, books and clothes, among other things. They've been dubbed U2 Christians and have even published a book on U2's faith called "Walk On." Good stuff.
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i became a u2 fan at the age of 6 and although at the time i was probably not all that aware of the implications of religion etc. they were an inspiration when i became a serious christian in my teenage years. despite having since left the faith, u2 remain an inspiration.
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