“Don’t Believe Everything You Hear In AA”
IS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS A MORAL PROGRAM OR NOT?
Big Book page 45
WE THE MEMBERS…AT LEAST THE MAJORITY OF MEMBERS THAT I HAVE HEARD SHARE IN THE ROOMS TEND TO DISLIKE HAVING THEIR MORALITY POLICED OR EVEN QUESTIONED.
Big Book page 45
“Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem. That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral. And it means, of course, that we are going to talk about God. Here difficulty arises with agnostics.”
A HIGHER PLACE
The very nature of the 12 steps are truth, humility, tolerance, perseverance, Love, graciousness, open-mindedness, hope, faith, courage, service, willingness and more.
How many times have we heard in the rooms; “AA is not a moral program?” And yet the Big Book authors have stated on page 45 that the Big Book is both moral and spiritual. Some people just don’t like the word “immoral” I think and that’s why they swear the program is not about morality. I believe what they mean to say is the program isn’t about policing our sexuality and it isn’t.
The principles of AA are absolutely spiritual and moral!
However more importantly is that our authors have stated here that The Big Books main objective is to “enable you to find a Power (capital P no less) greater than yourself.
Chapter Four: WE AGNOSTICS Page 45 Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
“Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power?
Well, that’s exactly what THE BIG book is about. Its main object is to enable us to find a Power greater than ourselves which will solve our problem. That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral. And it means, of course, that we are going to talk about God.”BB pg.45