Toast wrote:Hi, some very informative posts here, my thanks to all.
Its been said the story of the Good Samaritan is also about alcoholism.
When the Samaritan finds the Levite lying naked at the side of the road, the guy had been beaten up, robbed of his cloak and anything else of worth. He took him to an inn where he got him washed, clothed and a bed them he left some money with the innkeeper and said 'when he wakes give him what he needs' i.e. a square meal. Note how the Samaritan never said ' give him what he wants' which would be more booze!
I agree, Toast. It's my opinion that if the Good Samaritan had not put up the money, that story would not have been in the Bible. I'd also bet Dr. Bob and Bill Wilson read that passage many times. It could very well have been Bill's inspiration in Chapter 7: "It is not the matter of giving that is in question, but when and how to give." (Page 98, Big Book)