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A couple of months ago a fellow suggested we do an issue of NoVAtions focusing on those of us who don’t believe in god, don’t know whether or not we believe in god, or generally have trouble with the concept of a higher power. I’m a pretty dogmatic atheist, so I was all for it. Little did I know . . .
Lots of people in OA struggle in one way or another with this idea of “God” or “Higher Power.” What is it? What do I believe? Do I have to pray? What if I don’t believe in God? What if I hate God? What if I hate the religion I was brought up in? How do I “turn my will and my life over” to something that doesn’t exist? Can I just work this program without this “God” stuff?
When a sponsee starts asking these sorts of questions. . .
I rarely use the terms agnostic or atheist to describe myself, and the question of “Is there is a God?” is not one I give much thought to. The big questions on how the world works, does some entity direct it, is it preordained or random or some mix—while these are interesting topics, I have never believed I had the ability to answer.
I observed that many people had religious answers to this, others had spiritual answers, and other had scientific theories. It was clear that these groups often believed these narratives with passion and certitude. It occurred to me that it is hard to imagine them all being true because many seem contradictory, and just because you believe something doesn’t mean it’s true. I think about the many thousands of years people thought the sun circled the Earth or that the Earth was flat. So at the end of the day....
As a devout agnostic, I am deeply grateful that AA's founders understood 1) that addiction is a spiritual disease and requires a spiritual solution, and 2) that a specific idea of God in step 2 would be a deal-breaker for some members who would die without a spiritual solution. As a result, the . . .
The OA groups have delegated to World Service Business Conference the active maintenance of our world services; thus, World Service Business Conference is the voice, authority and effective conscience of OA as a whole.