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.
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.
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.