Jon Steingard speaks after making announcement on Tuesday that as a member of the Christian band Hawk Nelson, he no longer believed in God.
The band’s vocalist shared his thoughts in an Instagram post on Wednesday where he thanked fans for their “love and support” and shared “beautiful” and “tragic” stories about their own experiences with their beliefs and also answered many of them . questions that he thinks have been flooded since making revelations.
“We haven’t landed in the same place, or reached the same conclusion,” he wrote in a series of written notes entitled “What Now?” and pinned to the post. “But struggling with questions? That is something we share.”
He continued on the third slide: “I did receive a number of questions that I wanted to answer … so it turned out.
Steingard started first by answering the most important questions asking if he was an “atheist now? Agnostic? Where exactly are you? “
“While labels like that are a bit annoying, they sometimes help, so I guess I’d say agnostic,” he said. “I certainly cannot say with certainty that God is not there. I prefer it if he is. It feels important for me to leave that door open.”
He continued: “It’s just that everything I experienced, everything I read, and everything I discussed with friends and family took me to a place where I couldn’t honestly say I believed. Keep saying anything about it starts to feel dishonest. “
Steingard then answered the question of what he hoped to achieve by revealing the truth and saying that when his faith faltered, he “became calmer, did not want to shake the boat, and was also afraid of losing friends, community and livelihoods.”
“Eventually I began to feel that because I was open and open with you about my previous faith – I had to be open about my journey now,” he added. “In the last few days, I have talked to so many people who feel the same way as me, but are afraid to talk about it. Doubts and unspoken feelings like these are poisonous and damage our hearts – and I hope this encourages those who exert courage to be more open and transparent about their faith and doubts. “
Hawk Nelson told Fox News in a statement on Tuesday that “God is still for Jon and he is still important … that the truth doesn’t change just because we question it.”
“One of our best friends, someone we have walked with, worked and lived together for 20 years plus expressed some of his deepest feelings in his faith journey over the past week,” said Daniel Bureau bandmates David Niacaris and Micah Kuiper.
In Steingard’s post, he assured those who still held their Christian faith close that he “would not love anything” other than staying friends, adding that “most of my friends are Christians. I love them very much and respect them very much.”
“The fear of losing them has become one of the things that makes me hesitate to be honest about my feelings – but their love and kindness at the moment has shown me that fear is largely unfounded,” the singer added.
Steingard also echoed that he wanted to make a new transition in the “healthiest way” because turning on substantial life decisions was “difficult to overcome.”
“It’s emotional. It’s personal. There are very real reasons why someone might want to stop thinking about it and go with the flow of the people around them,” he said.
He ended his note by thanking everyone for their kindness and said at this time, he did not yet know the answer to the question “What Now?” besides the fact that he is “ready to live.”
“Openly. Honestly. Strangely. In. Sounds like an adventure – and this I am ready to,” he concluded.
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