Is AA’s program today related to the Bible? Is AA’s program today related to Christianity? Is belief in God a requirement for AA participation today?
You can answer the questions, or you can look at the facts and decide for yourself. First, read A.A.’s “The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous: Biographical Sketches Their Last Major Talks.” Second, look at DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers for Dr. Bob’s position: (a) Belief in God was a necessity, page 144. (b) Early Akron A.A. was called a Christian Fellowship. Third, ask yourself how many thousands of Christians are participating in A.A. today. Then see if you can reconcile the many Bible quotes in A.A.’s basic text–Alcoholics Anonymous; reconcile the number of times the word God is used in the Big Book; and reconcile the fact that all early Akron AAs were required to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. And reconcile the Big Book’s words Creator, Maker, God, Father, and Heavenly Father with a “higher power” that Bill Wilson wrote could be your AA Group. Lastly, is there still plenty of room for Christians in today’s A.A.? Can they share their experience? Can they mention God, Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, and the Bible? Both Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith did with frequency. Can you!