So funny how we are discussing this in this week. And probably about atleast 3 meetings I have been to have been on this area. Many sharing about Jesus... religous beliefs, and so on. Even though I am a person of so called regligion, I do get discouraged for the newcomer, freshly in the rooms who may have never been to AA. Scared it would run them off... the whole God concept. When really in we agnositcs it simply explains on page 46:
Let us make hast to reassure you. We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside predudice and express even a willingness to believe in a "Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprrehend that Power, which is God.
Much to our relief, we discovered we did not need to consider another's conception of God. Our own conception, however inadequate, was sufficent to make the approach and to effect a contact with him. As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps. We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of Spirit is braod, roomy, all inclusive, never exclusive or firbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men.
I had shared my thoughts on this about the newcomer and another person ended that if God scares them too much out of the room then go back out and let alcohol scare you back in. Which is good.
I realize what you are sharing and am completely open to it. This is how I grow and learn so one day, I can help another just as you and the program as a whole helps me stay sober today. They key is I think of what you shared Dallas, about there are more steps required. For me, it helped to hear you explain the Decision, the white flag as you called it. I only make a decision one time to turn my will over to the care; and also as I learned from you originally care and direction of God as I understand him. That helped me. Not just my care of him but my direction in life. Don't know why but it helped to learn and hear that. I continue to practice daily turning this life of mine over to him who presides over me, I truly understand now what the books says about a new employer. It is such a comfort today. But new in the rooms, no matter how much we want it, I was to messed up in the head and words like mine would completely turn me back to a drink. Because this program is meant for us to find a Power greater than ourselves and not meant only for the religous conception of God.
So, no offense at all. Just grateful to be learning in everyway. Respecting the rooms, tradidtions and of course my HP.
Merry Christmas Eve to you all. I pray you have a blessed day. Spending today with immediate positive family, and a meeting. Tomorrow spending the whole day dedicated to helping others, with my God-given family... the family I truly belong to.