Why Did God Allow A Terror Attack In France?

franceSeventeen people killed. Several more injured. At least four suspects. All of it done in the name of “Muhammad.” People’s lives torn apart. Fathers lost, sons lost, friends lost. France had a terrible tragedy happen to their country last week. A group of terrorists took lives because of the evils in this world.

Where is God in all of this? Does He hear our cries of anguish and pain?

Why does God allow such violence? Jesus said, “…you will have trouble.” (John 16:33 NIV). The direct translation of “trouble” means, “persecution, affliction, distress, tribulation.(1)” He told us we WILL have pain and suffering. I love the end of that verse though, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” God will heal this world of the terror and evil that lurks in every corner. No one is safe from it.

We do not know exactly why God allows terrible things to happen. Part of it is the sin we brought into the world. Part of it is Satan. He is alive and well and we should always be on guard against his lies.


In 1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV we are told, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” Things may seem strange to us right now, but one day God will peal back the blinders and give us eyes to see.

We have to understand that God did not create the evils of this world. God created a perfect world. In Genesis, we read that God saw all that He had done and it was good. It was perfect and pain free. It was free from sin, suffering, and evil.

It is easy to ask where God is during such terrible tragedies like France just had. But, when we trust in God and His purpose and plan we can rest assured that He still reigns. He will end the suffering of the world one day.

Lee Strobel (a Christian author) said it this way, “God did not create evil and suffering. Now, it’s true that he did create the potential for evil to enter the world, because that was the only way to create the potential for genuine goodness and love. But it was human beings, in our free will, who brought that potential evil into reality.”

God is the Giver of Peace and the Tower of Refuge.

His desire is not for evil but for good. His desire is for a close and personal relationship with us. One that is laced with love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Though we will suffer in this life (whether from our own evil sins or terrorism), He is with us and for us. May He bring comfort to those mourning in France. He hears the groaning and crying to out Him.





(1) Strong’s Concordance

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