From the San Francisco Examiner.
Step Three: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
"In this step, the word “God” is used explicitly, even though in the previous step, God is referred to as a “Power greater than ourselves.” Again, no matter what word you use, Higher Power refers to a mystical force that one must follow by faith. But, is this the best message to give to someone who supposedly has no control over his life? He has no power to stop drinking on his own, so he must put that control into the hands of some vaguely defined spiritual force? But, no one knows what this ‘force” is, because one must determine it for himself as he understands it. Since no one that I’m aware of communicates directly with God, whom will the AA member give up his power to? He must give it up to his peers in the AA group, since there is no defined leader of the groups. But is this the best message to give to someone who believes that he has no control over his drinking problem? You are, in essence, communicating to that person that, since he has no control over his own life, he must put the control of his life into the hands of others who represent the “Higher Power.” This would seem to do nothing to help a person gain the skills and the confidence necessary to take control of his own life and also take credit for the success of quitting or the failure of not quitting alcohol."
So, you have admitted that you are powerless over alcohol-your life is unmanageable, and you have also admitted that you are insane.
Now you get to turn your life over to god. Woo-hoo!
Because only god can keep you sober. So says AA.
There is that god word again. Can't seem to shake it. god will perform miracles for the AA member. All you have to do is "work the program". It is a simple program.
And if god does not keep you sober, you have not "worked the program". That, my friends, is called a failsafe. If the AA member stays sober, then god performed. If the AA member does not stay sober, the the AA member failed, not the AA program.
AA'ers tell you that AA's Singleness of Purpose (SOP) is to "to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers." This is pure billshit.
AA's SOP is to convince the AA member to find god, pure and simple.
Do you really want Alcoholics Anonymous and the members of Alcoholics Anonymous to become your
Life Management Company?
Or do you want to own your own managment company?