Can U2 & Atheist fans coexist?

cup-of-joe You say, “No way,” I say, “Yahweh!” Name me another, more diabolically opposed duo on God’s green Earth, than an Atheist who happens to be a fan of U2…you can’t! Discovering a U2 fan who happens to be an Atheist is like discovering the Pope is an Agnostic & doesn’t like to work on Sundays. The thought defies logic and boggles the mind. I happen to be one of those fans that believes every U2 lyric is connected to Scripture & if I can’t find it, then it must be buried with an unknown 13th Disciple & God must have whispered the lyrics to Bono in the form of a shadow cast across his room. The image of an Atheist laughing & watching U2 waiting for God to walk in the room is pure gold, not to mention frankincense or myrrh. Love & logic may keep us clear, but it also separates & defines us. Most Atheists I know are intelligent, logical people. “Really?  “Swear to God.”  So, why are the believers un-Able & Cain to come to grips with the phenomenon of an Atheist being a U2 fan? I mean, you can’t swing AN Cat Dubh without hitting a U2 song with Christian overtones, not to say that Christians have the corner market on being kind & courteous to their fellow man. Remember the Crusades, and nuns with rulers! The difference lies in….Faith! While Christians stand up for hope, faith & love, an atheist is sitting for logic, rationality & the bartender to bring another pint of reality check. While at a U2 gig, I’m looking to the window in the skies in reflection, an Atheist is scoping out the hottie’s thong standing there right in front of us. Each of us is receiving a little glimpse of Heaven, I guess. U2’s music may be more powerful than we think. Listening to U2 allows me the freedom to forget about shame, pain & sorrow, while simultaneously allowing an Atheist to forget that their own version of Judgment Day will begin Monday morning, when their boss doesn’t get the report that was supposed to be filed on Friday because the fan left early to go to a U2 show. Where I see the grave is now a groove, an Atheist does not see a God shaped hole that some Mofo just dug, he just sees a hole. I can guarantee you that “Burning bush” means something totally different to an Atheist than it does to a Christian. It’s all about perspective. The bottom line is that U2’s music offers something for every Thomas and doubting Thomas. Compromise, it’s not a dirty word. So, can the two be as one tonight? I say, “Sure we can…as long as God allows it!” 😉

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  • #7308

    joepit
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     You say, “No way,” I say, “Yahweh!” Name me another, more diabolically opposed duo on God’s green Earth, than an Atheist who happens to be a fan of U
    [See the full post at: Can U2 & Atheist fans coexist?]

  • #7311

    Chris
    Participant

    What can I say….

  • #7314

    Leeny
    Participant

    You should be stoned for that one, or maybe you were.

    • #7315

      Chris
      Participant

      Yeah…Bring him the Narcotics !!!..Or give him more !!!

      • #7318

        Leeny
        Participant

        Subdue him with blunt force til he goes bongkers.

      • #7322

        Chris
        Participant

        NO ! Don’t throw (Rolling) Stones at him !!! He’s a true artist, a visionary !

        “And Still…It turns !”

    • #7317

      joepit
      Moderator

      Leeny, it’s the cross I bare! 😉

      • #7319

        Leeny
        Participant

        What? Getting hung up on words? You call that a cross? No, no, no.
        Crosswords and puns are two different thieves of one’s time.

      • #7320

        Leeny
        Participant

        Obviously crosswords are the good thief….

  • #7321

    joepit
    Moderator

    Leeny, I just got your stoned reference. I’m a little slow this morning. CLASSIC!

    • #7323

      Leeny
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      To every thing there is a season

  • #7324

    Leeny
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    @joepit said:
     The image of an Atheist laughing & watching U2 waiting for God to walk in the room is pure gold]

    On a serious note, I’d very much like to hear an atheist’s comment on this image.

    For me, U2’s waiting for God to enter the room is critical. If they can’t find God in the studio they might as well pack it up and go home, find God again, and then come back to the studio to relay God’s message. But for someone who does not believe that God exists, is this frustrating? irritating? silly?, or do you just shrug your shoulders and wait for Bono to get his inspiration from wherever he gets it from?

    • #7325

      joepit
      Moderator

      Leeny, I laughed as I wrote that line. We’re waiting for our favorite Atheist to chime in on this.

      • #7328

        Ana
        Participant

        Joe, you know he won’t come here, don’t you? 😉

      • #7329

        joepit
        Moderator

        Ana, he’s already here!

      • #7343

        Leeny
        Participant

        I’m not limiting myself here.

        While Davcal may be the most obnoxious atheist, he’s not the only one.

        If anyone would like to respond, I’d like to hear what you have to say.

      • #7346

        joepit
        Moderator

        They’re all at church! 😉 Maybe, they don’t exist? Everything you know is wrong!

  • #7347

    James
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    i think we may be selling the atheists a little short …..just because they dont have faith and dont believe in God doesnt necesarily mean they are only looking at the thongs and boobs during yahweh.
    They are not totally materialistic ….they can appreciate the deeper things in life …
    DAMN YOU !!!! QUIT BEING SO DAMN HATEFUL (no mix of caps….yes, Leeny , I”M YELLING)
    again , joe joe …..another fine piece of writing

    • #7350

      joepit
      Moderator

      Jim, I’m pro God. boobs & thongs. I think that may make me a Christian “Fun”damentalist! 😉

      • #7351

        Leeny
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        I think it makes you a guardian angel’s nightmare.

      • #7376

        James
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        joe….you like boobs and thongs…YES , but I also know you are a believer .
        i’m saying , the non-believers are not SOLELY about that at the show…..they like the deeper things of U2 also

      • #7377

        joepit
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        Garter belts? 😉

      • #7378

        Leeny
        Participant

        Which of the lads wears a garter belt?

      • #7379

        joepit
        Moderator

        Paul McGuinness!

      • #7380

        Leeny
        Participant

        ROFL, and at the same time trying NOT to get that image in my head/.

    • #7352

      Leeny
      Participant

      Hell yeah, Jim!!!!

    • #7356

      Chris
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      Everybody loves deeper things in life, Jim !

  • #7348

    James
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    whoever has been questioning my stamina up in here ………(confused to whether it is joe or danielson) …..you’re asking the wrong people :)

  • #7349

    James
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    if the damn thing worked on my phone you would see ALL KINDS OF STAMINA

  • #7358

    Chris
    Participant

    U2 must not stay in the studio to wait for God, they have to go out int he world and look for Him, find Him, talk and then get back and record !!!! Wake Up, U2 !!!!!!!

  • #7360

    Pam
    Participant

    Amazing blog once again, Joe! Without doubt, many songs were inspired by the Scriptures, but instead of just preaching or announcing all the answers U2 raise universal questions atheists can also relate to. Listening to Yahweh we hear the line “Why the dark before the dawn?”. I think everbody thinks about a reason why we sometimes have to go through sorrow, throubles or whatever before we find peace. Like Jim, I believe that atheists also look for a deeper meaning of life and U2´s music is always helpful to find something spiritual away from materialism.

    • #7361

      joepit
      Moderator

      Thanks Pam, always nice to hear from you.

  • #7363

    Pam
    Participant

    @joepit said:
    Thanks Pam, always nice to hear from you.

    You´re welcome, Joe. Have a great day!

  • #13194

    Red Bud
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    You guys are the typical hate filled “christians” or whatever you consider yourselves to be. The kind who give the Christians who actually follow the message of the “Jesus” you believe in a bad name. Just because someone is an Atheist that does not mean they don’t have “hope”. Nor does it mean they don’t care about things. Nor does it mean they are stupid or any of the other moronic things you guys think Atheists are. Sure some might be, but not all. Just like not all “Christians” molest children just because some do. Right? Or do all “christians” molest children? Are you all really that narrow minded? I was in 9th grade when “War” came out. I’ve been a huge U2 fan ever since…and have been an Atheist since as far back as I have been old enough to question things and think for myself. I’ve also been an animal advocate/rescuer for over 20 years, support environmental causes, work with the elderly, donate a lot of time to charity, and ETC. All without “god”. I don’t need a “god” to have morals or care about things and know the difference between right and wrong. If you do need a “god” or religion to figure those things out, then you’re doing something wrong.

  • #13196

    joepit
    Moderator

    Red, get a life. Ever hear of satire? Heathen!

  • #7312

    Chris
    Participant

    People can’t stay away from that U2 goodness…Just like an Atheist in a U2-Record Store…he knows he mustn’t (because he doesn’t Believe in God, what the heck!!!, he’s a rationalist!) but he still buys an album or two…Better put the whole discography in !!! !!!

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