Hillsong musician says he hasn’t lost his faith, but is ‘on shaky ground’
David Rogers | Staff Writer
Hillsong songwriter Marty Sampson has spoken out about statements that he is losing his faith, confirming that while it is not lost, he is “on skaky ground.”
Sampson shocked the Christian world with his comments on Instagram earlier this week, with social media lighting up over the related article posted on My Christian Daily.
On Tuesday, he stated:
I’m genuinely losing my faith.. and it doesn’t bother me… like, what bothers me now is nothing… I am so happy now, so at peace with the world.. it’s crazy / this is a soapbox moment so here I go xx how many preachers fall? Many. No one talks about it. How many miracles happen. Not many. No one talks about it. Why is the Bible full of contradictions? No one talks about it. How can God be love yet send 4 billion people to a place, all coz they don’t believe? No one talks about it. Christians can be the most judgemental people on the planet – they can also be some of the most beautiful and loving people… but it’s not for me. I am not in any more. I want genuine truth. Not the “I just believe it” kind of truth. Science keeps piercing the truth of every religion. Lots of things help people change their lives, not just one version of God. Got so much more to say, but for me, I keeping it real. Unfollow if you want, I’ve never been about living my life for others. All I know is what’s true to me right now, and Christianity just seems to me like another religion at this point… I could go on, but I won’t. Love and forgive absolutely. Be kind absolutely. Be generous and do good to others absolutely. Some things are good no matter what you believe. Let the rain fall, the sun will come up tomorrow.”
However, Sampson has told The Christian Post that he is “struggling with many parts of the belief system that seem so incoherent with common human morality.”
He continued on the topic, stating that, “If most of humankind had a choice, would we not rid the world of the scourge of cancer? Or sickness and disease? Why doesn’t God do such a thing? Of course there is an answer to this question, but the majority of a typical Christian’s life is not spent considering these things,” he said. “Questions such as these remain in the too hard basket.”
Sampson also took to Instagram to comment on an article in Relevant Magazine, where they listed other Christian leaders who struggled with doubt.
He stated, “What of @relevantmagazine airing the doubts of far more prominent Christian thinkers than me? Should they have written this article? Should Mother Theresa have destroyed her personal letters? My opinion is neutral, and the fact that I have never heard of these doubts from these prominent Christian figures only assures me of my own doubts, and enlightens me to the danger it poses to the beliefs of the tribe, be it atheist or otherwise. Perhaps this is why most belief systems are ultimately sanctioned by the highest powers of the land, and assured of their survival by doing so. I continue on unabated.”
He continued in his article with The Christian Post, “I have and continue to analyze the arguments of prominent Christian apologists and biblical scholars, and am open minded enough to consider the arguments of atheist debaters and debaters from other religion. If the truth is true, it will remain so regardless of my understanding of it. If I search it out, surely it will become even more clearly seen as the truth that it is. Examining a diamond more closer reveals the quality of the diamond. As I am still breathing, I am still learning.
“If anything all I have ever received from Hillsong is support and the opportunity to follow my own mind, and they have always taught what I perceive to be sound Pentecostal doctrine.”
The flip side of Sampson’s posts and the media attention it has received is that it allows other Christians to realize that it is okay to question their faith at various seasons in life.
This in fact is part of the Christian walk, and even the strongest of Christians can walk through seasons where their faith is seriously questioned.
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