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My own concept of a Higher Power – is this conceited?



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    Anonymous

    :c031:@spryte 2498410 wrote:

    Hi,

    Isn’t it conceited to invent my own God just so I can get sober?

    The big book doesn’t say anything about “inventing” our own god.

    It states the God of your own conception.

    So whats the distinction between invention and conception.?

    Invention is all original and new, from you. Thats not so good because an alcoholic mind already thinks it is God. God isn’t new, God already is .

    But Conceptions are based on attributes,
    and those attributes are in the book. lookee… Fill in the blanks…

    top of page 59 “but there is….”
    Page 161 “they had visioned the Great….”
    Page 63 “being All….”

    On formulating this conception there is at least stipulation.
    Page 45 “We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power…..”

    Everyone arrives at the same question, what is God.?
    The best answer I’ve heard is ” Not me”.

    All BB Quotes…1st. Edition



    #4604184

    jacque
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    For the sake of making a point, let’s say there was absolutely no doubt that there is a God. The Creator. He/She/It exits outside time, matter and dimension. God is infallible and all knowing. I could go on but you get the point….

    I’d say it’s presumptuous for anyone to believe they can completely understand God. The only thing we CAN do is gather our own conception of what that God is, is like, wants from us, etc.

    While various religions have their own “God,” I believe we’re all praying to the SAME God. It’s just that we’ve come to know Him via different paths and, because of those different paths, we’ve come to call God different names. We’ve been taught different things about God, usually based upon where we’re born or where we grow up. We’ve been taught by very fallible people, who were taught by fallible people, who were taught by fallible people, and so on.

    God either is or isn’t.

    If God is, then the best I can do is to try to formulate some sort of conception of Him/Her/It. I don’t presume to have the ability to fully understand God………at least not yet. 😉



    #4604146

    Anonymous

    People have been concocting gods to get other people addicted for ages… Comming up with your own HP to get sober is among the most selfless and nobel exercises possible. IMHO.



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