Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Grace Over Karma

I've been seeing this older interview with Bono get pushed around again recently on the interwebs and I finally took the time to read it. Good stuff.

Bono does a great job of advocating for grace over karma - but what I loved most was his response when asked if he thought Jesus as the Son of God was a bit farfecthed.

He said:

"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 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."
And people say:
No, no, please, just be a prophet. A prophet, we can take. You're 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're gonna 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 strapping himself to a bomb, and had "King of the Jews" on his head, and, as they were putting him up 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."

Well said Bono. well said.

1 comment:

Us4 Cats said...

very interesting.
Bono rocks ; )