According to THE TELEGRAPH:
The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted the terror attacks in Paris made him "doubt" the presence of God.
Justin Welby said he was left asking why the attacks happened, and where God was in the French victims' time of need. He said he reacted with "profound sadness" at the events, particularly because he and his wife had lived in Paris.
Asked if these attacks had caused him to doubt where God is, he said: "Oh gosh, yes," and admitted it put a "chink in his armour."
He told the BBC: "Yes. Saturday morning - I was out and as I was walking I was praying and saying: 'God why - why is this happening? Where are you in all this?'"
Have you ever had cause to question the presence of God due to a personal encounter with overpowering evil? Whether you’ve had such an experience or not, the world abounds with such tragedy. So much so that we all have the opportunity to grapple with the questions posed by evil, long before these questions are forced upon us.
What about 911? What about the Holocaust? Should any of us, particularly those who serve as shepherds and guides, be caught off guard when something like this happens? Especially when we know from the pages of Scripture that God has granted mankind the free will to choose between good and evil. And not only that, the Bible warns us that those who choose evil are “storing up judgment for the day of judgment.”
Think about the implications of this statement. If judgment is being “stored up,” than it is not being doled out now! And since you can't have divine justice without divine judgment, we shouldn't be surprised that we have to wait to see God's justice for the terrible things that some people choose to do.
The postponement of judgment requires the postponement of justice. The fact that man is given free will, combined with the fact that judgment has been postponed until the "day of judgment," means that we have no biblical basis for asking why the attacks happened, and where God was in the French victims' time of need.
Don't wait for evil to strike before you ask, “What the heck is going on in the world?" And don't allow the presence of evil to cause you to question the presence or the purpose of God. Expect God to allow what God has revealed He will allow, rather than what you think He should.
"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you" (1 Peter 4:12).
"But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up judgment against yourself for the day of God's judgment, when his righteous judgment will be revealed" (Romans 2:5).