Sober-man: "If ‘God as we understand him’ really is all loving, then how can He allow any member of AA to get drunk?"
The question is almost an embarrassment for Big Bills today.
On the one hand, the Big Book teaches that ‘God as we understand him’ is love, and yet, on the other hand, it warns that those who reject ‘God as we understand him’ will get drunk, and it contains frequent warnings about the danger of non- belief.
But aren't these two somehow inconsistent with each other?
Well, a lot of people seem to think that they are inconsistent, but in fact this isn't at all obvious.
After all, there is no explicit contradiction between them.
Explicit: fully and clearly expressed or demonstrated; leaving nothing merely implied; unequivocal: explicit instructions; an explicit act of violence; explicit ...
The statement "God is all loving" and "Most Big Bills do get drunk" are not explicitly contradictory.
So if these two are inconsistent, there must be some hidden assumptions which would serve to bring out the contradiction and make them explicit.
But what are these assumptions?
Detractor: A person who belittles the worth of another person or cause.
It seems to me that the detractor of AA is making two crucial assumptions.
First of all, he assumes that if ‘God as we understand him’ is all powerful, then ‘God as we understand him’ can create AA in which everyone who freely chooses to turn his will and his life over to ‘God as we understand him’ will stay sober.
And second, he assumes that if ‘God as we understand him’ is all loving, then ‘God as we understand him’ prefers AA in which everyone who freely chooses to give his will and his life to ‘God as we understand him’ will stay sober.
Since God is thus both willing and able to create AA in which everyone is freely sober, it follows that no one should get drunk.
What do you think?
Don’t drink, do as you please?
To be continued……