I read Matthew 5:10-12 just now.
If you are a secularist who thinks Christians settle for pat easy answers, then we have miscommunicated with you. Almost every time I open the Bible to study (as opposed to seeking specific encouragement) I run into something that's hard to understand. It's either hard to understand what the passage means, or why God would have done things that way, or how I can be and do the good that the passage calls me to be or do.
This morning I am asking God why he would have made the world to include all the conflict reflected in that Matthew passage. Why does evil run rampant?
And as I have prayed, the question has come back to me, why do I have the same conflict of good and evil within me? For I am deeply flawed.
I know some answers to those “why” questions. They are not pat answers; they are the fruit of many believers doing this kind of deep wrestling with difficult problems. Their work is very helpful, yet it is up to each believer to look at Scripture and life to see whether the prior explanations hold, and how to live his or her own life accordingly.
It's up to each believer to wrestle through hard questions, in other words. Which I will now go back to doing.