It's a loaded question, a debate device used to lure the unwary into the trap of validating the question by attempting to answer it instead of challenging its assumptions. To gain clarity, it's often helpful to mentally tweak a confusing question by rephrasing it. For example, if the word "Bible" is omitted from the question and the word "Quran" or "Talmud" or "Bhagavad Gita" is inserted in its place, the best response to this particular question becomes more obvious. AA's statement of philosophy is clearly stated in this part its Preamble:KrisF wrote:Hello, I'm a grateful member of AA and my higher power is God. Someone asked this question last night and although i've been sober for some time, I didn't know how to answer it... perhaps you guys can help. Question: "If the Bible says that God gave us free will, why does AA tell us to do God's will?"
I know for me my will always got me in trouble and I also believe God (or higher power) watched over me and led me to AA. But this question still kinda confuses me. I'd appreciate your wisdom in answering.
".....A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety."