Post by Gary
Would we be better off without religion?
We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be
shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be
given whatever we need to take care of such problems. We ask
especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no
request for ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if
others will be helped. We are careful never to pray for our own
selfish ends. Many of us have wasted a lot of time doing that and it
doesn't work. You can easily see why.
If circumstances warrant, we ask our wives or friends to join us in
morning meditation. If we belong to a religious denomination which
requires a definite morning devotion, we attend to that also. If not
members of religious bodies, we sometimes select and memorize a few
set prayers which emphasize the principles we have been discussing.
There are many helpful books also. Suggestions about these may be
obtained from one's priest, minister, or rabbi. Be quick to see where
religious people are right. Make use of what they offer.
As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask
for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are
no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each
day "Thy will be done." We are then in much less danger of excitement,
fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much
more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up
energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit
It works--it really does.
We alcoholics are undisciplined. So we let God discipline us in the
simple way we have just outlined.
But this is not all. There is action and more action. "Faith without
works is dead." The next chapter is entirely devoted to STEP TWELVE.
Post by Gary
Is religion a force of good or evil? A controversial question at times, but one that can't
be avoided in the modern world. From violence and terror, to gender equality, to science,
reason, and education - the faithful and the faithless tend to repeatedly clash over
whether religion is a net positive or negative, whether it helps humanity more than it
"Religion is both a force of good and evil because religion is a man-made institution, and
human beings are both good and evil," says Reza Aslan, a scholar of religion and
"I don't know why it would come as a surprise to learn that the religious institutions
that we create can also be responsible for profound acts of good and compassion and
positivity, and for equally profound acts of violence and bigotry and hatred."
Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and atheist, says religious institutions tend to
be harmful to people.