Gospel According to Bono from U2…knows Gospel Better than Many Pastors

Posted: March 25, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Christology, Theology
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You can find Bono’s explanation of the Gospel at the following link:  http://www.worldmag.com/articles/10892

Here is a summary of some things Bono states:

 “The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death,” replies Bono. “It’s not our own good works that get us through the gates of Heaven.”

“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 Confucius. But actually Christ doesn’t allow you that. He doesn’t let you off that hook. Christ says, No. I’m not saying I’m a teacher, don’t call me teacher. I’m not saying I’m a prophet. I’m saying: ‘I’m the Messiah.’ I’m saying: ‘I am God incarnate.’ . . . So what you’re left with is either Christ was who He said He was—the Messiah—or a complete nutcase. . . . 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.”

“At the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics—in physical laws—every action is met by an equal or an opposite one,” explains Bono. “And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that. . . . Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.”

“I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge,” says Bono. “It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to depend on my own religiosity.”

All I can say is that Bono understands what is at the center of the Gospel: grace, substitutionary atonement, and the deity of Christ. Whether Bono is a Christian is not something I am seeking to answer….but whether Bono understands the Gospel and contended for it in this interview is a resounding yes. I can only hope that the successful megapastors of our day would articulate the Gospel and take seriously the uniqueness of Christ’s claims as Bono does. We would be well off.

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Comments
  1. Chad says:

    THE U2CERIST LOL

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