Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

If You’re Going Through Hell


In Rodney Atkins’ song “If You’re Going Through Hell,” the evil of temptations at your weakest times in life is challenged. Atkins expresses how although there are times that your life may be in shambles or nothing is going the way you want it, having faith will get you through anything. Throughout the working of the piece, Rodney is constantly building up his arguments as for why one would want to and also not want to go down the road of evil. The first verse speaks of how simple it can be to choose to do wrong by things not going the way you planned and everything seeming to get worse. The second verse builds up to show how one can “step off the straight and narrow” and be led in all the wrong directions, including self-destruction with Alcoholism. The chorus then goes on to say that if you are going through hell, don’t give up and keep going. He expresses that you can get through anything so long as one’s faith remains strong. In the third verse, Atkins goes on and speaks of his own misadventures and relates to the situation. He talks of being down to his last match and fumbling in the darkness where demons are breathing down his back. This gives light to the situation in that in his last attempts of fighting off the bad to be good, there is a small chance of hope that he can relight his way to happiness and safety. In the last verse, Atkins alleviates the burden of bad situations with the knowledge that “there’s angels everywhere” and whenever you need help, one has the ability to ask and get help; attributing to Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

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