As Paige said, if entering I would have to not only Believe in a HP, but also turn the reins over to It, I would have sought a different answer (a bottle being the least violent one of the choices).
I have never attended a meeting, and hopefully never will, where there was any insistence on anything. Yes in the early days you would have been 'sponsored' into the rooms, someone would have 12th stepped you before you came, and even in those cases the book shows clearly on page 93, that we speak of a higher power, but we use everyday language, and explain that any conception the person may have will do.
Earlier on is this thread, someone spoke of the influence of TV and film on our image, and more and more we see reference to AA, and depictions of so called meetings, this can do good or bad, for what the title refers to as the 'misconception of the outside world.'
Very early on Spirit Flower said - “My experience is that people think we go to meetings because we might drink,” and this is probably the biggest misconception film and TV continues to put across. At our home one of our favorite shows used to be The Closer, on more than one occasion, Brenda's live in alcoholic boyfriend got upset at something she did, and said 'I am going to call my sponsor and attended a meeting,' once he said 'maybe two.' Giving the distinct impression that I am upset at what you did, either I drink or call this person and attend meeting(s). My wife looked at me on one of those occasions, and said she was happy I was not like that. I won't tell her but the truth is we have people in AA that would see nothing wrong, with the public believing that's how AA works, even here some will defend such a belief. So we can talk about people speaking about God putting others off, and yes we will agree because even the book says we go easy on this, but we should equally try to inform new people and the general public, that this program is far more powerful than 'I will call my sponsor and go to a meeting,' as a solution to our day to day problems, which I do not believe is recommended or even mentioned in any of our literature, but still somehow seems to find it's way out as another 'misconception.'
"Good morning, this is your Higher Power speaking. I will not be needing your help today."