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Bono on grace and karma

From the book Bono on Bono: Conversations with Michka Assayas (p203)

Interviewer: As I told you, I think I am beginning to understand religion because I have started acting and thinking like a father. What do you make of that?

Yes, I think that’s normal. It’s a mind blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, bit the thing that jeeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma.

I haven’t heard you talk about that.

I really believe we’re moved out of the realm of Karma into one of Grace

Well, that doesn’t make it clearer for me.

You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: and eye for and 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 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.

I’d be interested to hear that.

That’s between me and God. But I’d be in big trouble is Karma was going to finally be my judge. I’d be in deep shit. 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.