My Merseyside colleague, Irene Hall, just had a weekly “Thought for the Day” published in Liverpool’s Daily Post. It succinctly illustrates how tracing evil back to its mental origins – as Christian Scientists do – does not ignore evil, but helps one to deal with it effectively.
“BE NOT overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good”. St Paul’s words occ- urred to me after watching the latest Harry Potter film. We see Harry’s friend, Ron, trying to destroy a receptacle of evil. What’s released appears as his thoughts – resentment, envy, suspicion of his friends – increasing to almost overwhelming hatred. With a sword, he destroys the evil spirit (and evil thinking).
St Paul advises us to arm ourselves with the “sword of the Spirit” – the power of absolute goodness. Mary Baker Eddy (who founded Christian Science) put it this way: “At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.”
In case you have somehow managed to miss it/avoid it, here is a trailer for the latest Harry Potter movie to be viewed by “appropriate audiences”: