Hawk Nelson frontman Jon Steingard’s announcement that he no longer believes in God drew thousands of reactions, including from Christian music peers.
Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North wrote to Steingard, “Man I love that you shared this. You know I’m always around to talk about our belief in God or lack thereof. Love you and always will.”
Tenth Avenue North musician Jeff Owen also commented, writing, “Love you Jon. I miss being around your joyful presence. The next time I’m in San Diego I’m hunting you down and hugging you and bro-ing out. I’m here for you and love you.”
The band Seventh Days Slumber also offered words of encouragement: “We love you and hope you will continue seeking. Life can hit us hard sometimes. Just know we are always available for you bro!”
Steingard, a pastor’s kid, made the shocking announcement on Instagram last week. He said his loss of faith in God “didn’t happen overnight.”
“This is not a post I ever thought that I would write, but now I feel like I really need to,” Steingard wrote. “After growing up in a Christian home, being a pastor’s kid, playing and singing in a Christian band, and having the word ‘Christian’ in front of most of the things in my life — I am now finding that I no longer believe in God.”
The Canadian musician listed some questions he has been struggling with: “Why does he (God) say not to kill, but then instruct Israel to turn around and kill men women and children to take the promised land?” and “Why does Jesus have to die for our sins (more killing again)?”
Steingard ultimately came to his own conclusion that the Bible can’t be trusted because he felt in the end it is “human, flawed and imperfect.” He also admitted that he and his wife didn’t enjoy going to church, reading the Bible, praying or worshipping.
Many left comments, encouraging him to keep researching Christianity, seeking his own personal relationship apart from his upbringing and others who admitted their own doubts.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law