Friday, October 20, 2006

karma or grace

In the book Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assaya, the lead singer of U2 says of God's grace:

"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."

"[Karma says] 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 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 sow, so you will reap' stuff."

"Grace defies reason and logic. Love interupts, 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..."

"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."