Many people often wonder why bad things happen to good people, and everyone is trying to figure out why we’ve been facing a global health crisis for two years. Skillet frontman John Cooper explained why God let the pandemic happen in the first place.
Skillet’s 11th studio album Domination was released today (January 14) via Atlantic Records. During a chat with Loudwire Nights, host Toni Gonzalez referred to the track “Valley of Death”, which contains the lines “Someone said it was all part of the plan / But I don’t understand.” She then asked him why he believed God would allow a pandemic to happen.
“Well, the first answer is that we’re not good people. We’ve all fallen and we’re all in desperate need of salvation through Jesus,” Cooper said. “So we’re not really good people, we’re all doing bad things. We’re all cheating, we’ve all lied, we’re all greedy and as much as the most loving person in the world you’ll ever find, that person is in fact still very far from what mankind was meant to be, and certainly far from who God is and how God truly loves in a perfect way.”
The singer acknowledged that this response doesn’t necessarily make the trials and tribulations people go through, like his mother dying of cancer when he was 15, any easier.
“I’m just going to end with this…most people would agree that when you go through hardships in life, whatever they are, there’s this idea that in the end, if you take good decisions, if you go through with them, change your mind and struggle, you come out stronger than when you started,” he continued. “I think both religious and non-religious seem to agree on this idea that being through fire, which sort of refines gold if you will, is what makes you stronger.”
“And a lot of people are like, ‘You know what, it was really tough, but I wouldn’t change it because it made me who I am today. And I guess what I’m saying is, similarly from a biblical perspective, we go through these things so that God can change us and he can remind us how much we really need him. . of God every day, we’re not going to make it.”
Tune in to Loudwire Nights tonight at 7 p.m. ET to hear more details on Domination, including how the band adapted to making an album via Zoom.
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