Conquering evil with gentleness

An artist friend gave me a book I “had to read”—a Russian novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita, which was having a revival in artistic circles. It’s a story about the devil and his gang running amok in Moscow, creating death and chaos. After about the third chapter, I got rid of the book because I was discovering that circumstances surrounding my life seemed to mimic events in the story. Fears about “the devil,” which I thought I had overcome since becoming a Christian Scientist, resurfaced and took hold of me.

I was not without comfort or help, though, as I instinctively turned to the Bible, along with Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, to get me back to my mental “holy ground,” my absolute faith and trust in God, good. 

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