I'm reblogging this because I thought it was a wonderful excerpt from Bono's book. Yes, he's sellig something. I'm amazed at how much he reflects on Christ. Maybe, like the rest of us, he's a fallen human being who didn't rest perfectly in grace. I think many of us desire karma for the bad people and grace for the mostly good people. Grace doesn't work like that.
“It’s a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the
Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people,
but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace
You see, at the centre 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 opposite one. Its clear to me that Karma is at the very
heart of the universe. I’m absolutely sure of it.
And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that “As
you reap, so will you sow” stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. 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.
That’s between me and God. But I’d be in big trouble if Karma was
going to finally be my judge. I’d be in deep shit. 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.
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. That’s the point. It
should keep us humbled….its not our own good works that get through the
gates of heaven…
If only we could be a bit more like Him, the world would be
transformed. All I do is get up on the Cross of the Ego; the bad
hangover, the bad review. When I look at the Cross of Christ, what I see
up there is all my shit and everybody else’s. So I ask myself a
question a lot of people have asked: Who is this man? And was He who He
said He was, or was he just a religious nut? And there it is, and
that’s the question. And no one can talk you into it or out of it.”
All text taken from Chapter 11 of Bono on Bono: conversations with Michka Assayas, 2005 (Hodder). Buy the book.
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