Awwww maaannn -- makin' me think heavy thoughts here!!!
I have a friend in the program who always refers to the "God of my misunderstanding" -- which always leads me to think "I don't need to understand God -- God understands me".
I wasn't really brought up with a strong religious background, so the whole "God thing" kind of turned me off when I first came into AA. One of the most interesting exercises my sponsor put me through was to create my own Higher Power -- to write down what attributes my HP would have, and what I expect from a HP. That really opened my mind up to new possibilities, and I have suggested it to other who are having difficulty with the 3rd step.
My personal concept of God has evolved over time, and I'm sure it will continue to do so as long as I maintain a fit spiritual condition.
Just a couple of points to add to the history portion of your post, Dallas:
-- Bill and Bob both rejected the Four Absolutes of the Oxford Group because "alcoholics can't deal with absolutes" -- they knew that alcoholics would reject anything that was presented to them in that manner.
-- Another reason for the break from the Oxford Group was that the OG wanted to "save the world" -- not just alcoholics. They believed in carrying the message to anyone, whether they wanted it or not.
Thanks for making me think!