In an Op-Ed piece in last Sunday's New York Times, Bono, a devout man of faith, writes of Easter and the renewal it brings. He talks of the need for rebirth and the dying and living that is Easter.
Writing about his faith he says
But the central thesis of his column has little to do with his faith. It has to do with doing right. It has to do with taking care of the least on this earth:
Strangely, as we file out of the small stone church into the cruel sun, I think of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, whose now combined fortune is dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty. Agnostics both, I believe. I think of Nelson Mandela, who has spent his life upholding the rights of others. A spiritual man — no doubt. Religious? I’m told he would not describe himself that way.
Not all soul music comes from the church.
Jesus, in Matthew 25 (in the parable of the sheep and goats), speaks of the final judgment, not in terms of those who know Him, but in terms of those reach out to others in their deepest hour of need. Jesus says ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.' (Matthew 25:45,46)
If we're to believe Jesus words, both Bono and Warren Buffett are righteous and saved. This concept of salvation is for me, much more palatable than the notion that only those who accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior will be saved. Forget those who are Muslim or Hindu or who have rejected the notion of Jesus as Messiah. What about those who have never heard the Gospel? Those who die never knowing the message of salvation? I have never been able to reconcile this issue and no explanation has ever been sufficient.
I know I'm not to question God, but it seems like horrible planning. "For God So Loved the World, that He gave his Only Begotten Son"......except for those of you in New Guinea who never hear the Gospel, well, sorry about that. See you in Hell.