Now, being that Steps are supposed to be taken in order (Any arguments here?-Good) then whatever you choose in step 2, you then ascribe complete authority (Or even divine status) in Step 3- Made a decision to turn our WILL and our LIVES over to the care of God, as we understood him.
Ok fine, if you choose God as your higher power then there really can be no argument as to the fact that the whole thing is just an exercise in petitioning the Lord with prayer which is a form of faith healing.
Steps 6&7 prove that. 6-Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character & 7-Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Now here’s where it gets fun. If you decide in your spirituality like wisdom to choose something other than God as your higher power in Step 2, it’s still a fail. Here we go….
If you choose something idiotic like your couch, a door knob or your pet iguana, it’s an automatic Fail because you can’t surrender your WILL or your LIFE to an inanimate object or your pet. I mean you could but then the insanity thing is already a forgone conclusion and you’re beyond hope.
Now, if you choose the institution of AA itself or your home group or any parcel of that as your higher power, you have just ceded your WILL and your LIFE to AA…..That my friends is the definition of a CULT…….
Not only that, insert AA into Steps 6 & 7 and you see how truly cult-like that is.
Ok, what about those really cool new age folks who want to pretend that they themselves are the higher power referred to in Step 2; well besides the fact that the Step says it has to be something other than yourself, let’s role with it for a second.
So, In Step 3 you would then be turning your will and your life over to…….ready……..yourself! Woot, Woot, no need to do that, you already possess your will and your life.
Now get ready for more, in Step 7 you are going to humbly ask yourself to remove your shortcomings…..
CONGRATULATIONS- You just told yourself to make a fucking decision!!!!!
Step away from the bottle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
See, no Steps or cult necessary because you could have done that in the first place.
Peace out, Rolf