Bono, the lead singer of the Irish rock band U2, is declaring that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is indeed the Son of God.
In a brand-new interview with Focus on the Family set to air Tuesday, the rock star and activist sounded like “Mere Christianity” author C.S. Lewis who contended Jesus was a lunatic, liar or Lord, and concluding the obvious choice was Lord.
“When people say ‘Good teacher,’ ‘Prophet,’ ‘Really nice guy,’ … this is not how Jesus thought of himself,” Bono said. “So, you’re left with a challenge in that, which is either Jesus was who He said He was or a complete and utter nut case.”
“It’s very annoying following this person of Christ around, because He’s very demanding of your life,” he said, laughing. “You don’t have to go to university and do a Ph.D. to understand this stuff. You just go to the person of Christ.”
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There's nothing like having a popular rock star endorsing Jesus! It's not too surprising, when you consider how much of his fortune Bono uses to help the poor, and do other good works.
But, the part that really touched me in this article is that last paragraph, where he says that Jesus is "very demanding of your life."
Now, I don't know if I would describe Jesus as "demanding," but I would cite this Urantia Book passage that says the same thing in a different way:
195:9.6 Primitive man lived a life of superstitious bondage to religious fear. Modern, civilized men dread the thought of falling under the dominance of strong religious convictions. Thinking man has always feared to be held by a religion. When a strong and moving religion threatens to dominate him, he invariably tries to rationalize, traditionalize, and institutionalize it, thereby hoping to gain control of it. By such procedure, even a revealed religion becomes man-made and man-dominated. Modern men and women of intelligence evade the religion of Jesus because of their fears of what it will do to them—and with them. And all such fears are well founded. The religion of Jesus does, indeed, dominate and transform its believers, demanding that men dedicate their lives to seeking for a knowledge of the will of the Father in heaven and requiring that the energies of living be consecrated to the unselfish service of the brotherhood of man.All I can say is: WOW! How true! But, in the end, being held by the religion of Jesus is definitely better in so many ways than floating in spiritual freefall, without substantial moorings. The rewards of such a life make that life truly worth living.