Bono: Jesus 'Was the Son of God or He Was Nuts'

Michael W. Chapman | April 10, 2014 | 1:29pm EDT
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Bono with his wife, Alison Hewson. (AP)

( – Bono, frontman for the Irish band U2, investor, and philanthropist, said he believes Jesus Christ was divine, that he arose from the dead, and that he made promises to the world that will come true.

Bono, who has an estimated worth of $600 million, also said he prays “to Christ” in order “to know the will of God,” adding that he and his family pray together and sometimes go to church to pray for others who are suffering.

“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,” said Bono in an interview with Ireland’s RTE One last year. “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. It’s not even regular.”

“Sometimes, if we go to church on a Sunday, we go when the church [service] has ended, and we just go in on our own as a family, for peace and quiet,” he said.  “And we’ll pray usually for people we know that are struggling with something, [such as] illness.”

When asked by interviewer Gay Byrne, “Then what or who was Jesus as far as you’re concerned?” Bono said, “I don’t think you’re let off easily by saying [he was] a great thinker or great philosopher. Because, actually, he went around saying he was the Messiah. That’s why he was crucified.”

Bono, in a private meeting with then-Pope John Paul II at Castel Gandolfo, Sept. 23, 1999. (AP)

“He was crucified because he said he was the Son of God,” said the rock musician and businessman.  “So, he either, in my view, was the Son of God or he was nuts.  Forget rock-and-roll messianic complexes, I mean Charlie Manson-type delirium. And I find it hard to accept that whole millions and millions of lives, half the Earth, for 2,000 years have been touched, have felt their lives touched and inspired by some nutter.  I just, I don’t believe it.”

Byrne then asked, “Therefore it follows that you believe he was divine” and “arose physically from the dead,”  and you pray to the “risen Jesus?”

Bono said “yes.”

In a final question, Byrne asked, “And you believe he [Jesus] made promises which will come true?”

“Yes, I do,” said Bono.

Bono’s real name is Paul David Hewson.  He was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1960 and is married to Alison Hewson. They have four children.

In his philanthropic work, Bono has helped raise awareness and help for people in Africa, particularly in terms of alleviating poverty and improving health care. He has received many awards and honors for his efforts around the world to combat poverty and assist the poor.

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