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Is Bono of U2 a Christian?

U2 Lead Singer Discusses His Faith in Christ


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  • Is Bono, the lead singer of the rock group U2, a Christian?

    Over the years, skeptics and believers--visitors to this site--have enjoyed discussing and debating the answer to this question.

    Readers Respond: Is Bono of U2 a Christian?

    A Bono believer, Randy, once wrote (2012):

    Those of us who question this man’s faith are dogmatic and narrow-minded Christians that have Americanized short-sided blinders on. I only wish I had the courage and boldness to go on the world’s stage and speak out and live in the way Bono truly exemplifies his Savior. Do any of you criticizing him hear what you are saying? Why would anybody write the lyrics he writes (he could write anything and make millions) unless he is living in the Spirit? I find it difficult to hear what some on this forum are saying. Remember the plank in our own eyes?

    A Bono skeptic, Enrique said (2009):

    mmm… Bono may be a Christian, but that’s what I call a “Bubble Christian." He may know the material, but he does not believe in it ... this is some kind of BAD TESTIMONY he is giving, “Salty Language?" ...

    One thing, I'm not CRITICIZING Bono, we all have mistakes, and God took us all from different places, different situations, awful situations, but He is merciful, lovely, and glorious ... Bono is not bad, what he does is bad, that’s my point.


    Bono Answers the Question: 'Who Is Jesus?'

    Recently (2014), in an interview with Charisma News, Bono openly discussed his faith in Jesus Christ. He said, "The person of Christ is my way to understand God ... He was crucified because he said he was the Son of God. So, he either, in my view, was the Son of God, or he was ... nuts."

    When asked, "What or who was Jesus?" Bono said, "I think it's a defining question for a Christian... And I don't think you are let off easily by saying he was a great thinker or a great philosopher... Because actually, he went round saying he was the Messiah."

    Bono continued, "I find it hard to accept that all the millions and millions of lives, half the earth, in 2000 years have ... felt their lives touched and inspired by some nutter. I just, I don't believe it."

    During the interview, Bono firmly stated his belief in Christ's divinity and that Jesus rose from the dead. "I have no problem with miracles," he said. "I'm living around them. I am one."

    Bono explained that he and his wife read the Scriptures and pray with their kids to the risen Jesus. "I pray to get to know the will of God," he said. "Because then the prayers have more chance of coming true."

    Bono the Humanitarian

    Lead singer of one of the most popular rock bands in recent decades, Bono is also a devoted humanitarian, leading causes to end poverty, hunger, AIDS and Third World debt. As a performer he has the uncanny ability to connect with his audience and as an activist he endeavors to make the world a better place.

    More of Bono's Own Words

    Though he may not fit the typical Christian mold, you can read Bono's confession of salvation by grace--not karma--in this 2005 article by World Magazine.

    Like many Christians, you may remain a skeptic about Bono's faith, but there's no doubt people will continue to love talking about Bono.

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