I recently read the book The Reason for God by Timothy Keller. Loved it. Definitely one to place on the ‘must read’ list ;-). In particular I was captivated by a passage where Keller cited an interview with U2’s Bono and Michaka Assayas:
Assayas: Christ has his rank among the world’s great thinkers. But Son of God, isn’t that far-fetched?
Bono: “No, it’s not far=fetched 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 a 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…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 far-fetched…”
October 3, 2013 at 11:35 am
Love it … classic Bono and well said!!!
October 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm
Ha! You know it 😉
October 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm
Loving that book. good thoughts which change the world
October 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm
Yes fantastic book… I am reading it for the third time x
October 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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October 3, 2014 at 11:36 am
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October 6, 2014 at 10:46 am
Good day! This post couldn’t be written any better!
Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate!
He always kept talking about this. I will forward
this article to him. Pretty sure he will have
a good read. Thanks for sharing!
October 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm
Thank you! I am sure your old room mate will appreciate the commentary 😉
October 7, 2014 at 7:12 am
A lot was said in a few words.
People are not offended at the false gods who do not require an empty heart
The true God demands all or nothing-as it should be. and strangely, He gives so much for demanding so little. The ‘all’ that he demands is his ‘easy’ yoke, and a heart sold out to his trust.
Sounds easy enough. And it is, as long as EGO steps aside.