God cannot save places of His worship from destruction during riots, natural calamities, etc.
Satbir Singh Bedi | 28 Mar 2014

My mother was a devout Sikh. When I was a school going boy, she told me that whenever I was in trouble, I should recite the name of God and He would save me. She also told me that whenever, I was in trouble, I should seek shelter in a Gurudwara (Sikh temple) so that no harm would come to me.

However, when I grew up my England returned Uncle told me that there is no such thing as God because nobody has ever seen Him.  I became confused and remained so till my younger Uncle told me to have a look at the sword hanging in his drawing room.  On looking at the sword, I asked my younger Uncle as to what was so significant about it. 

He told me that during the partition days, a Muslim devotee was going to offer prayer in a mosque when a Sikh asked my uncle to lend him that sword so that he could kill the Muslim. My uncle who was just nineteen at that time readily lent the sword and the Sikh killed the Muslim devotee with that sword.  I was horrified to learn of this tale but it confirmed my England returned Uncle's theory that God was not there and therefore, He was not in a position to save even His earnest devotees.
The disbelief in the existence of God continued in my mind when I discovered during the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 that God could not save His Gurudwaras from destruction from the angry mob which not only destroyed the local Gurudwara but also burnt the Holy Guru Granth Sahib, the Holiest book of the Sikhs which is stated to have come straight from the mouth of God. 

I also saw that during floods and tsunamis and earthquakes, many temples were destroyed and God could do nothing to save these places of His worship from destruction.  However, finally I came to believe after reading George Bernard Shaw that God exists but He too is guided by earthly rules i.e. if a temple is attacked by a mob or by a fury of flood, etc., it would be destroyed and if a holy book is burned, it would be reduced to ashes.