|C: When I came to A. A., as I said before, my understanding of God was hellfire and brimstone -- going to hell for lying, cheating, stealing, and drinking whiskey, and all those other things. With that understanding it would be impossible for me to go any further with this program, simply because I didn't believe that God would do for me
what I should be able to do for myself. I didn't understand whether I was an atheist or an agnostic. I didn't understand whether I was a true believer or not.
With the confusion in my mind, even though I recognized that I'm going to have to have that Power, at this stage of the game, I still believed that it could simply not take place in my life. That it would be an impossibility. In this next chapter, it's a little spiritual kindergarten. It's going to kind of help us understand where we are, and where we ought to be.
It's going to show me a simple way (of) getting from one place to the other. It's going to change my understanding entirely about this God that I absolutely misunderstood before I came to A. A. Joe.
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