In a recent post on his Instagram account, the singer shared that he no longer believes in God.
“I’ve been terrified of publishing this for a while – but it seems like it’s time to be honest,” he wrote in the caption to his multi-image post of his statement. “I hope this isn’t the end of the conversation, but the beginning.”
In his note Steingard explained how he came to his latest vision.
“After growing up in a Christian home, being a pastor, playing and singing in a Christian band and having the word” Christian “in front of most of my life, I am now finding that I no longer believe in God,” he said. written in his statement. “The last words of that sentence were difficult to write. I still find myself wanting to soften that sentence by formulating it in a different or less specific way – but it wouldn’t be so true.”
According to Steingard, “The process of getting to that ruling has been in preparation for several years.”
He wrote that he started by privately processing his doubts and then sharing them in a conversation with some close friends.
To his surprise, Steingard said, he discovered that his disbelief was shared by others who had also grown up in church, but who – like him – feared they would “lose everything if they were open about it.”
Steingard said he felt the timing was right to share as his band is currently sidelined because of the pandemic.
“God is still FOR Jon and still matters,” says the statement. “Why? Because that truth doesn’t change just because we question it.”
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