Skip to comments.WATCH: Bono's Unexpected Response to 'Who Is Jesus?' Question
Posted on 04/17/2014 11:35:37 AM PDT by SkyPilot
U2 frontman Bono talks about his faith and answers the question "Who is Jesus?" in the video below. Click play to watch.
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Who’s Jesus to you?
(He laughs nervously)
Jesus is an historical figure for me, and he’s also a bridge between God and man, in the Christian faith, and one that I think is powerful precisely because he serves as that means of us reaching something higher.
And he’s also a wonderful teacher. I think it’s important for all of us, of whatever faith, to have teachers in the flesh and also teachers in history.
The sound is muffled. That plus their dignified British accents meant I could not understand one word. I have heard that he was very earnest and open about stating his belief in Jesus as his Lord and Savior. I hope that was even close to being true. Some everyday people who must be told what to think and what to believe will follow his example.
We here on Free Rep, are not your everyday people, as most of us think critically on the big topics. Off Topic; I’m glad Bono finally got a fair transplant he likes, so he won’t have to wear a tight headscarf 24/7 as he did in the 1990’s. His implants look much better than Elton John’s. Elton’s look like straw or maybe a baby hedgehog.
He paraphrased C.S.Lewis - Either Jesus is who he says he was - Son of God, or he was Charlie Manson crazy.
But I love the idea of the Sacrificial Lamb. I love the idea that God says: Look, you cretins, there are certain results to the way we are, to selfishness, and theres a mortality as part of your very sinful nature, and, lets face it, youre not living a very good life, are you? There are consequences to actions. 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. Thats the point. It should keep us humbled . Its not our own good works that get us through the gates of heaven.
I am guessing the quotes you presented in post #2 were from the Obama interview with Cathleen Falsani in 2008.
Christ said: "By their fruits shall you know them." (Matthew 7:16).
He also said: "Blessed is he who is not ashamed of me." (Matthew 11:6)
Obama, on numerous occasions, has mocked Christ, mocked the Scriptures, and mocked those who believe.
I don't agree with Bono about everything he has ever said or done, but I found his affirmative, short, and to the point answers to the interviewer's questions courageous and refreshing. I firmly believe I will see Bono in the Kingdom.
Here’s the whole program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-OR5Ors23M#t=23
"I think it's a defining question, for a Christian, 'who was Christ?' And I don't think you're let off, easily, by saying 'a great thinker' or 'a great philosopher' or, you know, actually he went round 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 was, in my view, the Son of God or he was...nuts."You'll note that he was asked twice (see 00:10 and 00:22) about whether Jesus was God. IMO he dodges the question both times.
I have heard that he was very earnest and open about stating his belief in Jesus as his Lord and Savior. I hope that was even close to being true.
I do as well.
1 John 4:15 says:
"Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God."
So, an arrogant, leftist who makes lousy music is a believer?
There is a third option. He was a politician, hoping to unite the twelve tribes of Israel and rule over them, and fulfill the prophecy of re-establishing an independent kingdom. It would explain why he traveled around talking to the various tribes, why he had 12 disciples, why he told the story of the good Samaritan, why he (at first) avoided non-Jews, why his lineage is recorded by his disciples (to prove he was eligible to fulfill the prophecy), why the Romans put “King of the Jews” on his cross, why he was betrayed by other Jews (because most would want the Messiah to be from their own tribe, it would be more advantageous...) etc.
Bono is at least an honest leftist, who generally practices what he preaches. If he were the norm for the left rather than the exception, political differences would be far more civil than they are now.
I don't know if he "dodged" it - he was asked very pointedly "Whom or what do you pray to?" and he answered very succinctly "Christ." Christ said He and the Father were one.
There was a thread here a couple of months ago about Roma Downey and her movie "Son of God."
She was asked who Jesus was, and she responded "The Son of God." I would have answered "He is Lord and Savior" - because He is.
Perhaps it is a Catholic/Evangelical difference - (I am a former Catholic who is now an Evangelical). But, I must say this: I found Bono's answer to be genuine and in the affirmative. He also said that the person of Jesus Christ was his way to God. That is scripturally correct, and is exactly what Christ declared.
Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
He never committed to who he thinks Jesus was.
But he’s damn committed to what powers the UN should have.
You do the math.
Let me ask you: what do you think Christ's resonse would be to Bono's answer about Him?
The Irish still don’t consider themselves to be British? After all this time. I know many Brits don’t even consider themselves to be “a part of Europe”, a fact most Americans find baffling. I believe they are largely surrounded by mountain ranges and bodies of water, thus the separation.
Interesting video. Happy Easter.
No, the Irish consider themselves to be Irish.
No, Jesus specifically rejected the calls to make Him King.
He warned His disciples he would be killed. How can a dead man be a politician? His kingdom was/is not of this world.
Jesus' primary objective (and the Father's as well) was dealing with sin. His death accomplished this.
John Dominic Crossan of the Jesus Seminar has also pushed that line. Of course the Jesus Seminar folks also don't believe Jesus performed any miracles or that he rose from the dead.
Jesus Christ is my best friend, and my lawyer in the courtroom of God.
At the end : He was asked if he believes Jesus rose from the dead and he said yes. He was asked if he prays to Jesus and made promises that will come true and he said yes.
Are you saying you think its possible he thinks Jesus is all but the Son of God or that he is insincere and dodging? I’m not trying to argue, just asking what you you thinking about it.
Kind of. I've heard he's pretty good at hiding his income from the tax man. But he was definitely more open-minded about Dubya than most of them.
The greatest power God ever gave to MAN was the power to choose.
When people say, “I didn’t have a choice” .. it’s a lie .. because God gave to every man the very power to make all the decisions needed for his life.
And .. God gave to every MAN .. “a measure of faith” .. which is measure enough to see, understand, and choose Jesus as their Savior.
And .. for what it’s worth .. Bloomberg’s arrogant claim that he has EARNED his entry into heaven. Maybe he should check the Bible for what Jesus said about NO ONE CAN EARN a way into heaven (lest any man should boast) .. it is a gift from God (through Jesus).
He was careful not to allow them to declare him king, because the tribes were not yet united and it would have resulted in his immediate execution; Romans were not eager to have any break-away parts of the kingdom mounting revolution. His warnings to them that he would be killed were undoubtedly that: warnings. “Shut up, you are going to get me killed.” All this tells me is that he knew darn well that uniting factions to mount a revolution is dangerous business.
Not so fast here.It would take me hours to respond to your comment but,for now,I'll just say "it's a whole lot better than what you'll get from 99.5% of those in showbiz today".
And as for lousy music,U2 is far,far from being my favorite group but they did one or two good things.
I did some googling and Bono said this in an interview with Focus on the Family
And I believe that Jesus was, you know, the Son of God, Bono said, according to a transcript provided to Religion News Service. I understand that for some people and we need to
if I could be so bold, need to be really, really respectful to people who find that ridiculous.
Read more at http://mobile.wnd.com/2013/06/u2s-bono-jesus-is-the-son-of-god/#gQb2GF2Wu3eKZGul.99
Well, it's the most logical explanation. Most of what was written in the New Testament came after he died, and his followers were undoubtedly trying to make sense of it all. After all, he said his kingdom would come to be during their lifetime. But it didn't. So, you either accept that the person you devoted your life to was killed before he could accomplish his goal, or you posit that in some mystical way, he succeeded and his goal is going to be accomplished... very soon. One way you still have hope and you don't feel like your life was wasted and his was destroyed and nullified. The other... well... depressing.
“So, an arrogant, leftist who makes lousy music is a believer?
Like it or not many people are influenced by these types. So if his beliefs will help just one person come to Christ; that’s a great thing.
I can't claim to be an expert on the subject but I've read that Ireland is unique among Western and Central European countries when it comes to tax policy...more lenient,less punitive,lower tax rates,than most.And he *is* an Irish citizen.So his "tax avoidance" (I know that's not exactly what you claimed) might not be any more repugnant than is my driving up the road to New Hampshire (which has no sales tax) to buy a laptop rather than pay a confiscatory sales tax here in Massachusetts.
No, he told the disciples He would die. When Peter took exception to that (like you Peter was expecting a worldly kingdom) Jesus recognized Satan's ideas working through Peter.
Jesus' kingdom is far superior to any on earth. The real kingdom is a perfect one...not of this world.
No, I mean I read that much of U2’s assets are registered in yet another country for purposes of tax avoidance. He once admitted openly that he was a “champagne socialist,” and he is very disarming about admitting his own faults. Rather like Noam Chomsky, he talks about a better world and then candidly admits he doesn’t deserve one. It’s an effective approach, apparently. I don’t even dislike him, personally. I think he’s a great musician, and interesting man, as sincere as his appetites will let him be, and more open-minded than our home-grown liberals. Nevertheless, I think he is misguided, and a wee bit hypocritical.
Lord, Liar, or Lunatic. Jesus was one of these. (I go with the former)
Ireland is not part of Britain. It's not even part of the United Kingdom, except for Northern Ireland. Ireland is an independent nation.
The most logical conclusion is that he was indeed one of the many men who thought he was capable of united those 12 tribes. Like all the others, he failed. UNLIKE the others, however, he had well-educated followers whose stories were picked up years later by the emperor Constantine... and the rest is history.
It is quite refreshing to see a Pop star articulate his Christian beliefs in such a proper manner. IMO his description of Christ is quite appropriate to boot.
Since He went back up to sit at the right hand of the Father, people have tried to disprove He was God in the flesh. You're just another in a long, long line, and you, like all those others, will never be able to do it.
He is risen!
Suggested as a 21st century, propaganda jaded cynic would suggest it!
The head Roman said he found no fault in Him and literally washed his hands of the whole business.
But instead he was killed according to dozens of specific prophecies of the old testament exactly as foretold by Jews (prophets) who preceded Him by hundreds of years. Amazing for a politician.
No, I don't think so. The role of the Messiah was to unite the twelve tribes and establish a kingdom of Israel. If he didn't do that (which he didn't) then he didn't fulfill their prophecy.
Yes. When minorities kill each other, the ruling power is usually wise to stay out of it. That's why black-on-black crime in Chicago goes quietly along, but newspapers seized on Trayvon Martin.
No, He did not deny it.
The most logical conclusion is that he was indeed one of the many men who thought he was capable of united those 12 tribes
No, that is not logical. The vast majority of Scriptures point to Jesus as being the Savior for the world. You need to read the Bible.
So, an arrogant, leftist who makes lousy music is a believer?”
150 million records later, at least a half a dozen people don’t agree with you on the music angle.
“dont agree with you on the music angle.”
Only quoting brownsfan on that. I know nothing of his music. Was just pointing out that if he can direct people to Christ; that’s a good thing.
Bible Prophecy: Isaiah 53:3 says, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
Fulfillment: John 1:10-11 says, “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”
Bible Prophecy: Psalm 41:9 says, “Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.”
Fulfillment: Mark 14:10 says, “Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them.”
Bible Prophecy: Zechariah 11:12 says, “I told them, ‘If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.’ So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 26:14-16 says, “Then one of the Twelve - the one called Judas Iscariot - went to the chief priests and asked, ‘What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?’ So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.”
Bible Prophecy: Isaiah 53:7 says, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”
Fulfillment: Mark 15:5 says, “But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.”
Bible Prophecy: Psalm 22:1-2 says, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 27:46 says, “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ - which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”
Bible Prophecy: Psalm 22:7-8 says, “All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: ‘He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.’”
Fulfillment: Matthew 27:41-44 says, “In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, I am the Son of God.’ In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.”
Bible Prophecy: Psalm 22:15 says, “My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 27:48 says, “Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.”
Bible Prophecy: Psalm 22:17-18 says, “I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”
Fulfillment: John 19:23 says, “When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment
- See more at: http://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/prophecies-fulfilled-by-the-crucifixion-of-jesus-christ-faq.htm#sthash.XoOIGWWg.dpuf
It is amazing that out of those 12 disciples, 11 died horrible deaths and the one that lived was boiled alive in oil, all because they refused to save themselves by recanting their preaching that he was the Son of God. Most were told they could go free if they would just recant.
What politician are you willing to die for or be boiled alive in oil for claiming they are the Son of God, when they are just a politician?
Yeah, thought so.
“The most logical conclusion...”
This is where you get into trouble...leaning on your own understanding, I mean.
-Old Testament prophecy posits a Messiah who will unite the 12 tribes and re-establish the Kingdom of Israel.
-Jesus, if he lived, was a traveling speaker with followers who many felt was this Messiah.
-He was killed.
-Much work has been done on this story since then to mold it into something relevant for other purposes.
-Meanwhile, it's been 2000 years and he hasn't come back.
But look, if it adds meaning to your life, have at it. Most of what humanity does is some form of entertainment or fulfillment or titillation. We only spend a small percentage of our intellect and energy on survival. All the rest is filler.