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Bono on the difference between Grace and Karma


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Posted on January 26, 2014 by

Bono_on_Bono_Cover“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…

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 opposite one.  Its 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 will you 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.

That’s between me and God. But I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. I’d be in deep trouble. It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to depend on my own religiosity.

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. That’s the point. It should keep us humbled….its not our own good works that get through the gates of heaven…

If only we could be a bit more like Him, the world would be transformed.  All I do is get up on the Cross of the Ego; the bad hangover, the bad review. When I look at the Cross of Christ, what I see up there is all my sin and everybody else’s. So I ask myself a question a lot of people have asked:

  • Who is this man?  
  • And was He who He said He was,
  • or was he just a religious nut?

And there it is, and that’s the question.  And no one can talk you into it or out of it.”

All text taken from Chapter 11 of Bono on Bono: conversations with Michka Assayas, 2005 (Hodder).  Buy the book.

About the Author:

Jon Kuhrt works with people affected by homelessness, offending and chronic addictions at the West London Mission.  He, his wife and three children are part of Streatham Baptist Church and he is a member of the Christians on the Left.  He likes football…but loves cricket.

Grace + Truth

Bono_on_Bono_Cover “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…

You see, at the centre 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 opposite one.  Its 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 will you 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…

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Please Join Me in Prayer


In Times of Trouble and Darkness, Jesus is Always There. He Watches Over His People and Never Leaves Us or Forsakes Us.

“Heavenly Father, in the mighty Name of Jesus, I pray for the victims of this morning’s tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. I pray that you flood the family and friends of those that were killed with Your abundant comfort, love and grace. I pray you move on your people in that area to surround them with overflowing volumes of love, compassion and any form of assistance they need.’

“In Jesus Name I pray for the Fire Department and the Bomb experts. Please give them your perspective on how to safely deactivate the apartment of the shooter. Please Heavenly Father, in Jesus Name; please put a hedge of protection around them that no one gets hurt in any way.’

“In Jesus Name I pray that You pour out Your grace on the investigators, making sure they honor the shooters rights, and collect the necessary, honest, evidence to bring this shooter to justice.”

“In Jesus Name I pray for those that are wounded. Jesus, You are still our healer. I pray that You work through the doctors and nurses to bring about Your great grace of healing and restoration.’

“In Jesus Name I pray for the others that were there at the movie. Heavenly Father, in Jesus Name I pray your great grace be upon them in their soul and spirit to deal with all they experienced today. Surround them with Your people to love and help them in their recovery.’

“In Jesus Name I lift up our nation. May You use this sobering event to bring us all the sobriety of mind necessary to realize, again, those things that are the most important; Family, friends and our relationship with You. Our nation is in desperate need of healing. Please heal our divided nation created by those that only want confrontation, and open the eyes of all Americans as to the manipulation of those that will do anything, say anything, even deliberately lie, in order to be in power. Please Father, in Jesus Name, defeat them, unmask them and drive them from America’s citizens.’

“I praise You and give you the glory due You. Thank You for all the grace You have poured out on our lives. Thank You for hearing our prayers and thank You for Your abundant grace you are giving to Aurora Colorado right now.”

“AMEN”

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