Is U2 secretly Christian? Here’s what The New Yorker missed

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If U2’s faith is a secret, like a writer for 'The New Yorker' asserted, it is one of the worst kept ones in the global music industry today. - Image courtesy of Matthew McGee (

If U2’s faith is a secret, like a writer for 'The New Yorker' asserted, it is one of the worst kept ones in the global music industry today. - Image courtesy of Matthew McGee (

If U2’s faith is a secret, like a writer for 'The New Yorker' asserted, it is one of the worst kept ones in the global music industry today. - Image courtesy of Matthew McGee (

If U2’s faith is a secret, like a writer for The New Yorker suggested, it is one of the worst kept ones in the global music industry today. – Image courtesy of Matthew McGee (

The same month that U2 released their 13th studio album, “Songs of Innocence,” the spotlight has turned to the iconic rock band’s faith. In an article for The New Yorker titled “The Church of U2,”Joshua Rothman explored “confusion” around U2’s faith and claimed that they are a “semi-secretly Christian rock band.”

But applying such a label to U2 generally and their sunglasses-clad singer, Bono, seems difficult to defend. Even a cursory look at the band’s beliefs and song lyrics show that they are very much out of the Christian closet.

If you carefully attune your ears to U2’s lyrics, you’ll find there are 50 or more references to Bible verses in their songs. In “Bullet the Blue Sky,” for example, they sing about Jacob wrestling with the Angel of the Lord (Genesis 32) and there is a reference to speaking with “the tongues of angels” (1 Corinthians 13) in “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Bono even belts “see the thorn twist in your side”—an obvious reference to the Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 12:7—in the song “With or Without You.”

Lead singer Bono is so comfortable talking about his Christian faith that he even agreed to be interviewed by “Focus on the Family.” In it, he spoke to Focus’ president Jim Daly about how much he liked King David and said he believes that “Jesus was, you know, the Son of God.”

In another interview, Bono wasn’t waffling when he articulated a view of the atonement of Jesus: “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.”

If you want something more heartfelt, you might reference when Bono noted that he and his family maintain a vibrant prayer life:

“I pray to get to know the will of God, because then the prayers have more chance of coming true — I mean, that’s the thing about prayer,” Bono told Ireland’s RTE One. “We don’t do it in a very lofty way in our family. It’s just a bunch of us on the bed, usually, we’ve a very big bed in our house. We pray with all our kids, we read the Scriptures, we pray.”

There are gobs of similar comments in interviews accessible by a simple Google search. You’ll find that Bono wrote a poem for Billy Graham lauding the evangelist for his effort to “reach the world with the Gospel message, offering the free gift of peace with God to millions.” And you’ll read about Bono and the band’s philanthropic efforts—from AIDS relief to poverty alleviation—and how faith has been a motivating factor of this work.

In The New Yorker’s article, Rothman said, “Much of the confusion around U2’s faith stems from the fact that they’ve never been an “officially” Christian rock band.” But this misses the point. The band’s official designation has nothing to do with whether or not they have genuine faith. Some musicians and bands exist within the “Christian” genre. Others–like The Fray or Switchfoot or even U2–have created crossover appeal as secular bands who are outspoken about their religious beliefs. 

In the end, we only have the facts. U2 writes and sings songs that are replete with Bible references and their lead singer is a vocal Christian who prays regularly and confesses that he believes Jesus was the Son of God. If U2’s faith is secret, it is one of the worst kept ones in the global music industry today.

  • Chris

    Don’t forget one of the most blatantly obvious references, from “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” where Bono mentions “the victory Jesus won” towards the end.

    It’s pretty hard to conjure up a secular interpretation of Jesus as a victor.

  • Good addition, Chris!

  • Chris

    As well as this from “White as Snow” —

    “Once I knew there was a love divine.
    Then came a time I thought it knew me not.
    Who can forgive forgiveness when forgiveness is not?
    Only the Lamb as white as snow.”

    Basically, every album is a minefield of beautiful spiritual references if you have the right eye! Gotta love it!

  • Larry

    Half of the band became Evangelical Christians. It started to grate on the other half and almost led to their breakup in the early 80’s. After that they drifted from that stuff and toned it down a bit in song and in public.

    They went from belief and obedience: “I Will Follow”
    Extolling the spiritual elements of the faith: “Gloria”
    and then

    Steps back and re-evaluation (disillusionment?), “I Still Haven’t Found What I Was Looking For”

    [The Joshua Tree was the last U2 album I really enjoyed as a whole.]

  • adam

    And don’t forget the song ‘Yahweh’ from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

  • Kevin

    Jesus has a U2 playlist on his iPod.

  • Mako

    “When Love Came to Town” is kinda obvious too. I followed them in the Joshua Tree/Rattle & Hum days because they seemed Christian to me, but then one of them decided to dangle his schlong on the album cover and it turned me off.

  • Brian Peat

    Um, can’t get much more overt than “40”. Not sure how you missed that one 🙂

  • owl

    It was three. Adam was the only one not a Christian — but his spirituality bloomed eventually.

  • Larry

    You are correct. My bad.

    IMO the other 3 dialed down the Christianity their a bit. Showing a willingness to play with it a bit.

    Plus a good metaphoric image is a good metaphoric image. When you are doing anything creative, “bad artists borrow, good ones steal” (Picasso)

  • Jennifer

    Your propaganda is not working. This band is everything but Christian. Bono is one of those God-denying, Jesus-doubting, Scripture-attacking heretical emergents, not much better than Grungor. Pass.

  • John

    It’s Gungor.

    Where has Bono denied God? How has he attacked Scripture? How does he doubt Jesus any more than you do?

  • I’ve known these guys for year. It’s no secret.
    This year, on my birthday, Bono sent a 400 year old Olive “Peace” tree from Israel to Saddleback in honor of the impact of Saddleback’s global P.E.A.C.E. plan. (Promote reconciliation, Equip ethical leaders, Assist the poor, Care for the sick, Educate the next generation.) They are real.

  • James

    Right. Yet another thing is that U2 have followed a “deliberate strategy of obscuring their beliefs,” as this article shows:
    “Drawing Our Fish in the Sand: Secret Biblical Allusions in the Music of U2.

  • Jonna

    What folks under 35 don’t seem to get is that there was a time (not so long ago…) when religious faith was understood as a positive force and motivation toward the good. Long before tattoos and selfies became one’s ultimate goal in life.

  • Karla

    Rick-Just because someone sends you a gift and sings about Jesus that
    doesn’t mean they are real/saved! Look at Kanye West who has a song
    about Jesus then turns around and sells sex with his wife and promotes
    alcohol/sings about sin. Is he saved? Jesus said you are one of Mine only
    if you follow Me and many will say to Me Lord,Lord and not enter heaven!
    Read 1 Corinthians 5 and 6 the whole chapters. Two guys were next to
    Jesus on the Cross and only one guy went to heaven! Why? Only one
    guy Repented! Many people today want to go to heaven but they don’t
    want to Repent. We have churches full of people who don’t Repent and
    follow Jesus and the proof is that their lifestyle has not changed one bit.
    Bible says Repent or perish! Preach Repent or perish and then see how
    many people still want to follow Jesus. Ephesians 5:18 says don’t get drunk
    and 1 Corinthians 6:10 says all drunkards go to hell yet I meet person after
    person that sill gets drunk. The wine Jesus made was new wine/diluted and
    the Bible says don’t get drunk on strong wine so people who get drunk with
    wine are also wrong/go to hell. Bible says Repent or perish! We must Repent!

  • Chris

    Doesn’t that make them even more genuine Jesus-followers?

    “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand.” (Mark 10:11-12)

  • B.R. Wells

    “About five songs into their set, Bono stopped the show and strapped on a headband with writing on it. I stared up at the JumboTron to see that the handwritten lettering said: COEXIST.

    Coexisting sounds like a great idea. I fully support the peaceful philanthropy that Bono has encouraged, and this seemed like another way that he was trying to spread the message.

    Except, it started to feel like more than a political message. The “C” in “coexist” was the Islamic crescent moon, the “X” was the Star of David, and the “T” was the cross of Christ. Bono pointed at the symbols on his headband-first to the cross, then to the star, then to the crescent moon-and he began to repeat:

    “Jesus, Jew, Mohammed-all true. Jesus, Jew, Mohammed-all true.”

    He repeated the words like a mantra, and some people even began to repeat it with him. I suddenly wanted to crawl out of my skin.” – Relevant Magazine’s Tara Leigh Cobble, on what she says she witnessed at a U2 Concert.

    The Coexist logo is certainly about promoting the worldview of pluralism and universalism. However, Jesus Christ said in John 14:6, “I am the way, truth and life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

  • Melissa

    Does it really matter if they are Christian or otherwise? Their message through song is positive; their actions outside of tours are proactive, productive. Why does their faith affliation have to matter or be argued over? Isn’t it enough to embrace good works done by those in ‘celebrity’ status without having to pick apart every other aspect of who they are?

  • Karla

    Melissa-Yes it does matter because only Repenting/trusting in Christ saves
    us not good works so if people don’t Repent/accept Christ they go to hell.

  • beth

    I’m wondering if you all (including this author) read the New York Times article. The author knows they have a Christian faith, but it’s his observation that the longing to know, the struggle of doubt is no longer in the writing.

    Concerning the newest album the author states, “These songs aim for clarity but end up being uncommunicative; they aren’t rough enough around the edges, and so there’s nothing to grab on to if you’re not already interested. If you aren’t listening carefully, it’s easy to think they’re about nothing.” We can’t solely sight War and Joshua Tree to make our point here. I’m already interested in what the boys have to say. However, I have to wonder if a non-Christian would be interested (Giving away your album certainly helps everyone have a chance to hear it, which helps).

    This was the thesis of the NYT article, not if the band is Christian.

  • Don

    Karla, in the name of scriptural accuracy I must address the above points. firstly, we must remember that we are living in the New Cov, not the old. In fact the New Cov actually began after Jesus rose from the dead(there was no preaching about this salvation before, because Jesus hadn’t died for our sins yet). If you read throughout Romans, Eph 2:*, and Gal 3, it is abundantly clear that we are saved, cleansed once and for all, forgiven fully and justified by what Jesus did on the cross-not by the good things we do 9though of course we should do many good things!). But our self righteousness can never save us-only our faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross- plus nothing!. then as the Holy spirit works in us so that we will and desire to do His will, then we transform from the inside out and slowly become more and more like Jesus. so faith alone is what brings total and complete salvation, and the changed life and behavior is His work in us bringing a changed heart and that brings changed behavior. In other words, it is not our actions that get us into Heaven-but our actions reflect the level of spiritual maturity at work in us. if we love Jesus, we will want to please Him and not be a slave to sin. Does sin disqualify us from Heaven? If it did, then what Jesus did on the cross is WORTHLESS! he didn’t die for some of our sins, but for all. That is the grace of God-totally undeserved, totally unearned. God did for us what we could NEVER do for ourselves. Our changed attitudes and behavior flow from that-not to avoid hell, and not to earn Heaven, but simply because our new nature desires to live and move and have our being IN HIM. Now re your drinking point, hopefully the above shows clearly that it is someone who struggles with smoking or drinking or …. who has received Jesus as their Lord and savior is simply a Christian struggling with issues (join the club!) Is it preferable not to drink? probably. it is wrong to be drunk? absolutely-b ecause another spirit is waiting to mess with you. But is it sin to drink? Not according to the Bible:
    Instructions for those who wish to be leaders in the church: A-Titus 1:7 (NLT) ” An elder (leader) is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a BLAMELESS life. he must not be arrogant or quick tempered; he must not be a HEAVY drinker (drink too much wine-Greek), violent, or dishonest wit money”
    B 1 Timothy 3 (for elders, overseers, bishops) vs 3″ He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. he must be gentle, not quarellsome, and not love money” (for deacons, the same -vs 8
    Jesus said to the Pharissees “John didn’t drink but you said he…, but (I paraphrase) me I drink but you accuse me of being a drunkard/ he was not a drunkard, but clearly they were drinking alcohol or they would not have accused him of being a drunkard (which He was not). the point is not to advocate drinking, but we must avoid the temptation to fulfill the scripture where Jesus says that man looks at the outward/outside of a man, but God looks at the heart. Please read again Galatians 3 where paul chastises the church for first receiving salvation by faith alone, then tries to go back and earn their righteousness/their acceptance by God through their obedience to the law. he says to them ” You foolish Galatians-who has bewitched you! was all our preaching in vain? This is also a lesson for us in this hour. Have we insulted Jesus by rejecting the core message of why He hung on the cross, so that He could free us from the CURSE of the law, only to see us go back to the law in order to become justified? that would really be a sad day, and yet so many in the body of Christ are lving that way, their minds not yet redeemed from the curse of the law into the marvelous grace that is the core of the Good News that is the Gospel that Christ died to give us

  • Karla

    Don- Thanks for the feedback…I appreciate. it. Two guys were next to
    Jesus on the Cross and only one guy went to heaven and that’s cause
    only one guy Repented/had a change of heart about his sin so you are
    right that Grace saves us but many today are preaching a false Grace
    that makes people think they can sin away. Real Grace is allowing us
    to Repent/come to Christ. Big difference! Bible says we must Repent!
    There’s no condemnation in Christ Jesus only if we are still in Christ!
    Jesus said you are one of Mine only if you continue in My teachings
    and follow Me! Once saved always saved is only true if we remain in
    the faith. Most people that fall way or never change were never really
    saved but the Bible also says examine yourself to see if you are in the
    faith so we need to preach the whole Truth/Bible. We are saved by
    Grace but people who still get drunk,are mean,sell sex,gamble and
    sleep around/live like hell aren’t saved and the Bible is clear that many
    will say Lord,Lord and not enter heaven so we need to be very clear
    with people that Grace is God allowing us to Repent/come to Christ!

  • Karla

    Bible also says that if you say you love Jesus and then dont follow the
    Bible/religion no Truth is in you! We must Repent! Many today are now
    spiritual but not Biblical. It doesn’t matter how “spiritual” people are if they
    aren’t Biblical they are still lost and headed for hell. We must be Biblical!

  • Larry

    Because peaceful coexistence with people of other faiths is just not on the agenda for some people calling themselves Christian.

    Faith affiliation matters to some because it makes them feel more important than others. It gives them excuses to act rudely to others. Good works are never important to such people. A serial killer who becomes born again will get to heaven in their eyes and a philanthropic beneficent, kind-hearted atheist is hellbound.

    Karla and BR Wells are not interested in being reasonable, good hearted people. They want to feel like God is treating them special.

  • Chip

    Disregard the somewhat sensationalistic link title; an allusion is an allusion. It’s not secret — you either get it or you don’t. The point of that title is that a lot of people don’t catch the many, many allusions in their songs. And that’s fine with the band; as Bono once said, the deeper levels in the songs should be there for those who see them and not there for those who don’t.

  • Chip

    Fifty? That’s a way, way too small number. I also find it interesting that everyone thinks of the ’80s when it’s a trend that hasmostly continued unabated over the past three decades plus.

  • Don

    Well now let’s make a clear distinction; Christians are to leave peaceably with all people in this world whenever possible. However that does not mean we should betray our faith by giving people the wrong idea. Jesus has made a way for anyone-good person, atheist9good person), bad person, to move from one kingdom (this world0 to a much higher kingdom-the Kingdom of God by the only way possible-the forgiveness of sin since jesus already paid for you so you don’t have to pay yourself. then by faigh in Him he gives us a Spirit we didn’t have before-the Holy spirit-that enables god to work in us so that our desires change and we begin to want to do what He wants us to do. Along the way we come into our destiny if we really surrender our will to His-that’s the great adventure and the Good News to everyone everywhere. so yes, live at peace with all. Accept people as they are-it is their life and their choice. Don’t try to force people to live and act like Christians just because you are-you are not the Holy Spirit-and it doesn’t work anyway. But give the Good news so that those truly willing to receive the goodness and love of God are able to hear the truth, and by believing this truth will be set free

  • Don

    Note-my comment above from the 22nd is a response to Larry’s comment

  • Don

    Hi Karla,
    On your point about grace, this is the rub. Many have taken to extremes-either they have mixed the law and entered into the trap of legalism, or they have taken the grace message which is the New Covenant and perverted it to become an excuse to do whatever because after all its covered by grace. Both are wrong. God wanted to set us free so that we cannot take credit for our salvation or the fact that we are “made right”ie made righteous- by the grace of God, so that we understand it is not our doing but His doing. That all our sins past, present and future were forgiven by what Jesus did on the cross, so that we can be confident in our salvation, have peace with God, and be free from the guilt shame and condemnation that the devil visits on those who are still trapped in a “law” mindset. But this is only to lay the foundation so that once we know we are free, that we are “in”, we would then CHOOSE of our own free will to honor God, and express our love to Him by putting off the old nature, and putting on the new nature. by choosing to live like Jesus and not like the world, we are honoring Him-not our of fear, not to earn His acceptance or gain His favor 9we already are accepted and already have His favor). Instead it is a pure offering-because we want to be more like Him. THAT is the offering He really accepts-one given freely with no hidden agendas. so this freedom was never intended to give people license to go wild-instead it was intended to set us free from the power of sin so that we could live likeJesus, without getting trapped by the traps of legalism that keep many in bondage and fear and guilt and shame. that is why God says’ there is now therefore NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. this is a hard lesson for many to learn 9even many pastors) but it is the key to truly honoring jesus fully for what He died to give us on that cross. It is for freedom that Christ died to set us free. Not freedom to sin, but freedom from fear, when we know who we are and WHO’S we are in Christ jesu. Be blessed!

  • Karla

    Don-Preaching against sin is not legalism or being a pharisee but
    thank you for the/your feedback. When you say “good person” the
    Bible says there are none good…not even one so people that think
    they are a “good person” are deceived and need to Repent! Many
    people are in for rude awakening on judgment today because they
    refuse to see their sin as God sees it and Repent. We must Repent!
    Thanks again for all of your feedback. God bless.

  • John

    Is that smearing really necessary? Have you ever considered that if someone thinks they’re right about something it doesn’t mean that they got there by being better than someone else? I haven’t seen rudeness in Karla’s responses, just directness, and earnestness. If you knew of a danger that people were in, would you not want to warn them, even if they might be mad at you for upsetting their day?

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  • Larry

    Sometimes it is necessary to put things in perspective and to criticize things which need to be criticized.

    The idea of finding fault with peaceful coexistence with those of others faiths/beliefs is something that deserves comments and speaks badly of the person doing so.

    Btw thank you for engaging in the same passive-aggressive chest beating about your faith. Considering how much trouble in this world comes from people with such ideas, those who simply can’t abide by the idea of sharing a world with those of other faiths, it is worth smearing. In fact as a civilized human being, I feel a duty to do so.

  • Larry

    @ Don

    That is a nice statement of your beliefs. But frankly if the idea of living around and being civil to people of different beliefs is troubling, it has little value to society.

    We have a world full of people willing to do horrific things to each other because they felt their faith was more important than their humanity. People who felt that living peaceably with others was a betrayal of their faith. Christians are hardly exempt from this. Calling those who do such things ,”not true Christians” means nothing significant. Your opinion does not govern their beliefs nor negate that people claim to do such things out of an obligation to Christianity.

    If you have issues with co-existence with those of other faiths, you are part of the problem, not the solution.

  • John

    Where was I beating my chest?

    You can criticize things without unfairly imputing motives to people (“They want to feel like God is treating them special”), and making them guilty by association. In fact, it is *your* lack of care in your criticism that causes arguments in the small scale, feuds in the medium scale, and wars in the large scale, because people on the other side are rightly offended by overstatements and they’re tempted to fight back.

  • Larry

    “If you knew of a danger that people were in, would you not want to warn them, even if they might be mad at you for upsetting their day?”

    And that danger would be what exactly?

    Dangers of coexistence with other faiths are what?

    You didn’t see the offense in Karla’s post and that is really the issue. It was rather clear and unambiguous.

    Essentially you are saying I should be more sensitive when criticizing something which is both offensive and done so often as to be practically autonomic for many Christians. Being more sensitive to people being insensitive. LOL. That is hardly a real cause of conflict and wars in the world. I am not unfairly imputing anything. It is a description of behavior and a mindset exhibited.

  • John

    Karla spelled out the danger clearly: “Yes it does matter because only Repenting/trusting in Christ saves us not good works so if people don’t Repent/accept Christ they go to hell.” Karla is not concerned for herself, in coexisting with people of another faith: she’s concerned for the ultimate well-being of those people of other faiths, and she’s concerned for the truth.
    Such a concern may be offensive to some, but she’s not the originator of the offense.

    You are assuming that Karla is insensitively and robotically spouting a platitude, when it may be the case that Karla actually *feels* deeply for the people she’s warning.

    By the way, I probably don’t share Karla’s belief about the ultimate destiny (eternal torment) of those who don’t put their trust in Christ in this life, since I believe in the ultimate reconciliation of all people to God (through Christ) eventually.

  • Karla

    John-Thank you for backing me up and you are right about what
    I was saying/the point that I was trying to make but how could you
    not believe what the Bible says about hell? If there is no hell and
    everyone that doesn’t accept Christ will eventually go to heaven
    why would Jesus go through what He did on the Cross? If people
    can die and then still be won to Christ then Jesus going to the
    Cross wouldn’t have been needed/He would’ve just gone to hell
    to preach to people so thanks for backing me up but you need
    to do some research about hell/eternal damnation. Hell is real
    and that’s where people go that don’t Repent/accept Christ.
    That’s why the Repenting part is so important because people
    love their sin/don’t see their sin as God sees it and they don’t
    Repent/want to make Christ Lord. Two guys were next to Jesus
    on the Cross and only one guy went to heaven cause only one
    guy Repented/saw his sin for what it was/is and then Repented.

  • John

    Karla, You’re welcome. I do believe what the Bible says about Hell: more precisely, what it says about Sheol/Hades, Gehenna, and the Lake of Fire. I have done some research on the subject. Here’s a good place, if you’re interested: Yes, I believe people can die and still be won to Christ, and the Cross is crucial (sorry for the pun) to being reborn. Repentance is absolutely necessary: you won’t enjoy eternal life and you’ll be miserable until you repent and put your trust in Jesus Christ who bore your sins on the tree. But if there were no post-mortem chance, why does Rev. 22:17 have the following appeal: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”? This verse is right on the heels of the vision of the New Jerusalem, and pertains to the post-judgment world. Or why does Paul say “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.” (1 Cor 15:22), or “So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.” (Rom. 5:18)?
    The Greek/Aramaic/Hebrew words translated ‘everlasting’ and ‘eternal’ should really be translating something like ‘pertaining to the age’, so those scriptures that are erroneously translated “eternal punishment” or “eternal destruction” should be translated something like “age-during punishment” or “age-during destruction”.

    I agree that unregenerate people love their sin and don’t see it as God sees it and don’t want to repent and trust in Christ. And I believe that there will be judgment. But Paul says, “For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” (Col 1:19-20). I just don’t believe in the fiction of eternal torment, which was invented by pagans and inserted into the Church by the likes of Tertullian, Augustine, Jerome, and Justinian.

  • Karla

    John-Thanks for the feedback. The Bible describes hell as a place
    of weeping and gnashing of teeth. Bible says how it will be more
    tolerable for some people because if they had seen the miracles
    others had seen they would have Repented so there are different degrees of hell/judgment but hell is bad. The Bible describes it as a place of torment/weeping/gnashing of teeth. The rich man died and
    then he went to hell because he never Repented and so then he
    wanted to go warn his brothers not to come to hell because he was
    in agony but was told that he couldn’t cross over so hell is final for
    people who go there but thank you for the feedback! God bless.

  • Larry

    Right, the danger is that Christians might actually have to act in a civil manner to people not of their faith.

    Claiming it is actual concern for fellow human beings is an excuse. Like claiming that treating others badly is a sign of their Christian love and concern for their immortal soul. Its canned nonsense to justify behavior which is entirely insensitive rude and offensive. John, like many Christians, you ask for respect for your beliefs but show no sign of ever giving it in return.

    All you are doing is confirming exactly what I said. Peaceful coexistence is not something some Christians are willing to do. You want to feel more important than others, so you tell anyone who believes differently from yourself that they are hellbound. That is egotism with a religious wrapping. Of course it is done to feel good about your self. All of them are going to hell but not you. You are special. 🙂

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  • Karla

    John-Read Revalation 21 the whole chapter and it is very clear that
    the people who are thirsty/that can drink without cost are the people
    who are saved/the overcomers who have let Christ be their Lord
    then it goes on to say idolaters/the sexually immoral and so on will
    go into the lake of fire which is the second death. Hell is just the
    holding place for people that go to the lake of fire. That’s where
    many get confused because the Great White Throne judgment is
    for people to be sentenced to the lake of fire so when the wicked
    are resurrected from the dead they are not sleeping as many say
    but they were in hell waiting to go to the lake of fire. God bless.

  • John

    Yes, well said.

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  • Tim Walstrum

    This is all true but they have also been very critical of religion and especially how many practice it. The members of the band minus Adam Clayton got involved with a conservative church in the early 80s and almost broke up because the church believed rock music was evil. They eventually left the church and Bono has embraced a liberal religious view. Some of their later lyrics touch on that. In Bullet the Blue Sky are the lines: “And I can’t tell the difference between ABC news, Hill Street Blues and a preacher on the old time gospel hour stealing money from the sick and the old. Well the God I believe in isn’t short of cash, mister.”

  • Gabriel L’aguad

    I think U2 is openly christian. their lyrics have many biblical references.

  • Gg

    God uses whom he pleases. Even scripture is like an onion, sweet as you delve deeper in. We are under grace. Not works. We are judges or fruit inspectors. We are to pray for those the. Holy Spirits directs us to. If you are picking this level if some one not present you are looking left are right and are chancing being blown by the wind. There is nothing saving about U2 me or you. It is Christ and Him alone. Don’t press out the grape with dirt on your own feet. Remember Jesus said not to separate the wheat and the fares for fear of damaging the wheat. We all need to remember that. Some are further along in their sanctification than others but I am not able to assess that. But we all can be sure that God knows. We are to love all. Abide together so that some (not all) will be drawn and saved because of but not by our actions. Trust God. listen for His call in your life and the truth is to be told to your brother directly. One on one, while there is time and so that the love that runs over in you flows to them and they want that part for themselves And God will grant it tot them with their repentance. So let U2 answer for U2. Ask God to use all things for good as is promised to those who are called by Him. Blessings,

    Joshua Tree’s lyrics called me back from a deep dark place. Only God could use man’s word to keep His own.

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  • Joel

    Actually, this is only partially true. The quote was (and I know because I was there and heard it myself) was “Jesus, Jew, Mohammad, it’s true… All sons of Abraham.” Not only is that true, it’s backed in the Bible. Abraham had two sons… Isaac, who would go on to lead the Jews, and Ishmael, who would go on to lead the Arabs. And Jesus was a Jew. So no, he didn’t call for the unification of all religions, he said nothing of the like. He made an eloquent cry for peace and change. How many have died in the name of religion? Between 9-11, three full-scale wars in the middle east, and now the current situation between Israel and Palestine? Bono’s remarks made a point to recognize that we are all from the same bloodline, the same past. Some people (namely Tara Lee Cobble from “Relevant Magazine” misquoted Bono and misrepresented the quote, and people reacted over what was a complete falsehood. I know what Bono said, I know what he meant, I am a Christian and in no way did I find it offensive or anything other than truth. I think we need more people like Bono trying to find common ground with other faiths then the likes of Franklin Graham labeling everyone of Muslim faith as a terrorist or a murderer. Bono made a statement about world peace, not religion.

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