U2's Bono Talks about His Faith in Jesus Christ, and the Band's Relevance in 2014
Aimee Herd : Apr 2, 2014
Leah Klett - Gospel Herald
"[Jesus] either—in my view—was the Son of God...or nuts...[and] I find it hard to accept that millions of lives, half the earth for 2,000 years, have been touched; have felt their lives touched and inspired by some nutter…" –Bono
An article in the Gospel Herald highlights U2's latest work, and specifically the faith of frontman Bono, about which he has become more outspoken. (Photo via RTE)
Regarding the band's latest album, Bono seemed a bit unsure of how it will be received by fans.
"We were trying to figure out, 'Why would anyone want another U2 album?'" explained the veteran rocker. "And then we said, 'Well, why would we want one?' There was some unfinished business. We felt like we were on the verge of irrelevance a lot in our lives. How you get through is to make stuff that's relevant to you and you have to make an honest account of what you're going through."
In an RTE interview last year, Bono explained, "The Person of Christ is my way to understand God."
Interviewer Gabriel Byrne then asked him if he prays…
"Yes," answered Bono, adamantly. The rest of the conversation went something like this…
"To whom or what do you pray?"
"And what do you pray for?"
"I pray to get to know the will of God, because then the prayers have more of a chance of coming true," answered Bono, chuckling.
"I mean, that's the thing about prayer," Bono added. "We don't do it in a very lofty way in our family… we pray with all our kids, we read the Scriptures… sometimes if we go to church on a Sunday, we'll go as [the service] has ended and we'll go in on our own as a family… and we'll pray, usually about people we know who are struggling with something, illness or whatever." (Photo via Gospel Herald)
"Then what or who was Jesus, as far as you're concerned?" asked Byrne.
"I think it's a defining question for a Christian...," said Bono. "I don't think you're let off easily by saying a great thinker or philosopher, because actually, He went around saying He was the Messiah, that's why He was crucified...because He said He was the Son of God. So, He either—in my view—was the Son of God...or nuts...[and] I find it hard to accept that millions of lives, half the earth for 2,000 years, have been touched; have felt their lives touched and inspired by some nutter… I don't believe it."
"And therefore it follows that you believe He was divine."
"And therefore it follows that you believe He rose from the dead."
"Yes. …I have no problem with miracles; I'm living around them—I am one."
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