Sunday, September 25, 2005

Grace vs. Karma (according to Bono)

(found someplace i don't quite remember. . . interesting, though)

In an interview featured on the Christianity Today website, U2's Bono talks about the difference between Karma and Grace.

Here are a few excerpts. . .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 and Karma. I really believe we've moved out of the realm of Karma into one of Grace. . . .You see, at the center 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 an opposite one. It's 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 you will 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. . . .I'd be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. I'd be in deep s---. It doesn't excuse my mistakes, but I'm holding out for Grace. Bono also talks about meeting with Pope John Paul II and giving the Pope his wrap-around sunglasses ("as a gift in return for the rosary he had just given me"). More of the interview, from the new book Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas, is on the CT site: Bono: Grace over Karma.

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