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As you read these, please feel free to substitute your Higher Power or Source name in place of God.
This is a spiritual program.
Edited by: Mahasiddha at: 11/28/06 1:07
When a man is tested beyond measure, and there is no hope to be found in men, he has no choice but to turn to God and and trust in Him. When the sailor's ship is at the mercy of the sea and no effort of man's can save them, what is left to them but to surrender their will to the strength of their God and pray for their salvation. I think the AA program, and in some ways, that of OLGA, is based on the same idea; that we are not able to do everything and can come to rely on a power greater than ourselves, whatever that power may be.
I really think I need to forgive god for the blame I have givin him due to the tradgedies in my life. I think there is nothing better than the good he has to offer...
I have been thinking a lot - a LOT about what I believe about god. I guess you can say that I am somewhere between Pagan and Agnostic, and christian ideas about god always make me uncomfortable. One of my favorite words for God is "The Is" (Coined by Richard Bach... though I think I've gone beyond his philosophies a bit, I still like his book "Illusions" and some of the wisdom it holds."
And I hate to say it, but using "He" puts me in a state of resentment no matter how much I try to convince myself that it's not necessarily what everyone believes. Sometimes using "They" works very well for me. I had to reword the 12 steps so that they had the same meaning but didn't have the words that make me want to throw something! Just my take. I know i'm not the only one who does this. Note: I think the atheist 12 principles as they are written are very badly worded and start to dilute the meaning, but I'm not experienced enough with the 12 steps to presume to tell anyone to rewrite them...
Hello orange, Thank you for sharing. Please look at the athiest 12 principles again. I have replaced them with the new 12 steps and principles that were re-written and approved by our board. Here is the link: http://www.olganon.org/?q=12_principles_atheists
I hope these are more to your liking. Liz