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Title: How do you develop a close personal relationship with a God that you can’t physically see or hear?
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How do you develop a close personal relationship with a God that you can’t physically see or hear? “That’s what I wanted to know!” Two thi...
How do you develop a close personal relationship with a God that you can’t physically see or hear? “That’s what I wanted to know!”
Two things were explained to me:
a)    Religion is man’s “collective concept” of God. That’s why there are so many. Even within each particular religion there is a breakdown, from the most liberal concepts to the most extreme. People have a need to be able to spend time with those who share similar concepts and beliefs.
b)    Spirituality on the other hand, is man’s “personal relationship” with God, which can only come about through one’s own personal experiences.
Now, can someone have religion and not have spirituality? They are always a fun bunch of people to be around! (sarcasm intended!) Of course! Can someone have spirituality and not be involved in a particular religion? Absolutely! This is supported in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, when it says that, “We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God.” It goes on to say, “Much to our relief, we discovered we did not need to consider another’s conception of God. Our own conception, however inadequate, was sufficient to make the approach and to affect a contact with Him.”
So, there you have it. I found that “I” didn’t have to figure out God. “I” didn’t have to figure out how to develop a relationship with God. All “I” had to do was be willing to practice some spiritual principles. My friend to me, “if you will simply work the 12-steps, this process will come about on its own!” This turned out to be true as well. The steps enable me to go through the process with God that I did with my best friend. Take a risk, get results, (i.e. – work the steps). After all, it is not until step 12 that the spiritual awakening is referred to in the “past tense.” It says, “having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.”
I am responsible for being willing, honest and open minded. I am responsible to take the action of working the steps. My Creator on the other hand, is responsible for all the rest. Otherwise, wouldn’t it be easy to somehow take the credit for my life and sobriety, leading to the very sense of false pride, arrogance and self centeredness that got me into trouble to begin with?
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