We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
God for dummies...
Here... for the alcoholic/addict mind, we are offered, by other humans, an alternative path to finding God. These steps, born out of the Oxford Group, are essentially Christian principles paraphrased for an alcoholic/addict anarchist. I feel Jesus Christ was left out because for so many, Christ was misinterpeted. Misinterpeted by folks who thought themselves Christian and projected a fire and brimstone human religious interpretation rather than a true divine loving relational one.
The twelve steps are but a path to recovery from addiction by surrendering self will, clearing up our carnage of our past, trying to stay honest and continually seeking God. Seeking God is promoted through the steps by trying to help others suffering from the same spiritual malady. In the words of Jesus "Pick up your cross and follow me." I feel these steps were divinely inspired for they have helped millions of people yet, they do not offer the sufferer a path to salvation and for that reason, we of recovery, need to continue to seek truth in order to come to the revelation of Christ Jesus. Let me assure you these steps work for their intended purpose and for that I am a knowing witness but..
Remember, we do not deserve salvation, nor can we earn it. Salavation is a gift paid for in full by the work of Jesus Chirst on the cross. Salvation can only be given to individuals by revelation from almighty God however if we do not seek we will not find.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.