It is encouraging to hear Bono, lead singer of U2, speak to clearly and publicly of his Christian faith.
Last June, Bono was interviewed by Gay Byrne on the ‘Meaning of Life’ programme on Irish (RTE) TV. I’ve only recently come across the interview. It is fascinating.
Asked about his belief in God, Bono begins to give an answer about Jesus Christ. When Byrne interupts and clarifies that it is about God and not Christ he is asking, Bono responds:
“The Person of Christ is my way to understand God.”
‘No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.’ (John 1:18)
Byrne then presses Bono on his understanding of who Christ is. The exchange goes (roughly) as follows:
Q: So then, what or who was Jesus as far as you are concerned?
Bono: I think it’s a defining question for a Christian… I don’t think you’re let off easily by saying ‘a great thinker’ or ‘a great philosopher’… Actually He went around saying He was the Messiah. That’s why He was crucified. He was crucified because He said He was the Son of God. So He either, in my view, was the Son of God or he was nuts! Forget Rock N Roll Messianic complexes, I mean Charlie Manson-type delirium. And I find it hard to accept that all the millions and millions of lives, half the earth, for 2,000 years, have been touched, have felt their lives touched and inspired, by some nutter. I just don’t believe it.
Q: So therefore it follows that you believe He was Divine?
Q: And therefore it follows that you believe He rose physically from the dead?
Bono: Yes. I have no problem with miracles.
Why not watch it for yourself: