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God as we understood Him

God as we understood Him is a misrepresentation. Even when taken out of the context of AA doctrine, a 12-step compatible Higher-Power must be something: A) B) C) D) That is consistent with Him meaning an anthropomorphic Higher-Power That you can turn your will and your life over to the care of That can remove your defects of character That has a will for you that you can pray for

Spinozas non-anthropomorphic God is incompatible with all of these requirements. Hindu Samkhya spiritualitys type of Higher Power Prakrti is also incompatible with all of these requirements. AA doctrine consists of chapters 2-11 (pages 17-164) of the book Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12-steps can be found on pages 58, 59, and 60 of this doctrine. The 12-steps were intended to be taken within the context of the doctrine from which they were presented. They were not intended as a do you own thing sort of practice. This doctrine frames a Higher Power as an omnipotent and omniscient Creator that has a loving investment in human affairs. Specifically, on page 46, paragraph 1 the doctrine understands God to be a Supreme Being. On page 161, paragraph 1, the doctrine understands God to be a loving and All Powerful Creator. On page 56, paragraph 4, the doctrine understands God to have Infinite Power and Love. On page 85, paragraph 4, the doctrine understands God as Him who has all knowledge and power. On page 133, paragraph 1 the doctrine understands God to want us to be happy, joyous, and free. On page 161, paragraph 3 the doctrine understands a Higher Power to be the one God. God as we understood Him is also found in a doctrine that, on pages 58 and 59, uses phrases such as rigorous honesty and searching and fearless. On page 53, paragraph 2, God either is, or He isnt. Furthermore, pages 23, 24, 35, 37, 40, 41, and 43 all contain assertions that alcoholics are powerless against the first drink without its type of Higher Power. On page 58 paragraph 3, alternative approaches are presumed to be inferior easier soft ways. Page 58, paragraph 1 preempts any question of the doctrines potential ineffectiveness by blaming the alcoholic himself with the personal attack that Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves completely to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. This nocebo is read aloud at virtually every AA meeting. Indeed, its not God as we understood Him.Its monotheism thats compatible with AA doctrine and its 12-steps.