Next, i take a look at the “promises of AA”. (Note, though, that there is some variance, for example, Narcotics Anonymous states only one promise, “the freedom from active addiction”).
There are over one hundred “promises” in the AA Big Book, but 12 of them are given special emphasis, when the person in recovery begins to clean up their past [after turning their lives and wills over to God, confessing past wrongs, and depending on Him to remove our shortcomings/character defects]. These are read aloud in most meetings:
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
The reading goes on to state that these promises are being fulfilled among those who sincerely give themselves to the principles of the Steps, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly, but if we are willing to do the work He lays out, with His help, they do come to pass. (This paragraph is in my own wording and my experience).
Since, no person can come to the Heavenly Father apart from Jesus Christ, but only through Him, i submit the fulfillments of the promises are evidence that Messiah is the true, and only, “Higher Power” of the 12 Step fellowships. And in Him is the Land of the Promises.
Any rebuttals? Please feel free…in Him…