Bono has said the person he admires most is Jesus Christ and that "there are very few musicians who don't believe in God," writes Patsy McGarry.sings praisesof Jesus
He has also said he would be very disappointed if there was not an afterlife and loved "the idea of hell as a flame that will burn away all the crap and only the precious stones will remain. I think that's where things get evened out . . ." He was speaking in an interview with Zoë Sallis published in the current issue of The Dubliner magazine.
"The idea that there is love and logic behind the universe is something I hold dear," he said.
"The idea that it should express itself as a child born in shit-and-straw poverty is one that gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. It's just mind-blowing to me," he continued.
He recalled coming home from tour one Christmas and attending a carol service at St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.
"I was tired and I was just doing this romantic thing, not really thinking about it as an act of worship or anything . . . so, to stop falling asleep, as I hadn't been to bed in days, I concentrated on the sheet in front of me, and it really dawned on me how perfect it was that this thing we call God would choose to express itself as a child 'born in a barn', as we say here in Dublin.
"That's the most striking idea we have of God. I think that whatever you look for in God you'll still have to pass through that door of humility and that door of complete vulnerability that a child has." He felt he had "a lot of faith. When you hear one note in your head, you have to have faith that there's another one round the corner."