Chapter 3 Question 5

“We wasted years of history arguing over whose God was best or true, instead of actually meeting the always best and true God of love, forgiveness, and mercy. A.A. was smart enough to avoid this unnecessary obstacle by simply saying ‘God as we understood Him,’ trusting that anyone in need of mercy as much as addicts are would surely need and meet a merciful God. If they fail to encounter this Higher healing Power, the whole process grinds to a bitter halt, since we can only show mercy if mercy has been shown to us (Luke 6:36–38). We can only live inside the flow of forgiveness if we have stood under the constant waterfall of needed forgiveness ourselves. Only hour by hour gratitude is strong enough to overcome all temptations to resentment.” –Breathing Underwater, pg. 26

Why do you suppose we are so prone to arguing over “whose God [is] best or true”? In what ways do such arguments get in the way of “actually meeting the always best and true God of love, forgiveness and mercy”?

Forgiveness and gratitude have been identified for centuries as key spiritual practices. Are these practices important in your life? Do they come easily to you, or with difficulty? Why do you think that is?


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