Endigar 352 ~ The God Idea

From Today’s Daily Reflection;

When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God.  Our ideas did not work.  But the God idea did.  (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 52)

Like a blind man gradually being restored to sight, I slowly groped my way to the Third Step.  Having realized that only a Power greater than myself could rescue me from the hopeless abyss I was in, I knew that this was a Power that I had to grasp, and that it would be my anchor in the midst of a sea of woes.  Even though my faith at that time was minuscule, it was big enough to make me see that it it was time for me to discard my reliance on my prideful ego and replace it with the steadying strength that could only come from a Power far greater than myself.



I am acquainted with three levels of “knowing” something.  There is empirical knowledge that comes from exploration and experimentation in my environment.  I touch a hot stove, burn my fingers and empirically learn a fact to be remembered.  There is abstract knowledge that is understood more by the power of imagination and reinforced by communal trust. Knowing what love, justice, or existentialism is, would be abstract knowledge.   And finally, there is a spiritually intuitive knowing that we call faith.   The above writer was able to realize, know, and see because of the development of what he said was a minuscule faith.

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