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July 28, 2006



I do sometimes wonder about this one. One of the greatest things about N.A. (and all the other 12 Step Fellowships) is that they insist on handing your will and your life over to a Higher Power, but always qualify the word God with the words "of our understanding". This, in my experience, makes the first move much easier, especially for the many I meet who have very damaged relationships with or views of God, eg from old-school Catholic upbringings laden with guilt. I would fight for the right of people in recovery to have a HP of their understanding, because it opens the door just a crack and I know God can then come in.

On the other hand, Jesus tells us in no uncertain terms that he is the only way, and that if we are backward about carrying his message we will be judged. I sometimes worry about this.

My reconciliation is this: I believe that God loves to see people turning towards him. One great picture of this is a field of sunflowers, all bowed and looking at the ground: when just one looks up, however fearfully, I think God is glad. I have seen many people come to Christ through N.A. like me, but for those who haven't yet got there they are at least looking up instead of down!

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