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Offline GregFL

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« Reply #60 on: September 29, 2005, 04:07:00 AM »
So again, where are the twelve steps listed in the book of James?
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« Reply #61 on: September 29, 2005, 04:22:00 AM »
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"I thought we were talking about your belief in the divinity of the 12 steps...



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The word divinity refers to any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force. The twelve steps are words written on paper, and as such do not fit the definition. I do, however, believe the 12 steps are divinely inspired, that is to say, that they were given to us by God, as a guide to living a life in fellowship with Him, and, where possible, at peace with our fellow humans. Can we move on now?
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« Reply #62 on: September 29, 2005, 04:24:00 AM »
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Greg, as you know, there are no records of attendance kept in AA, thus, no way of accurately gauging a percentage."


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AA has done a study, as well as several independent firms.  "

Well, if you already have information on this question, why are you asking me?
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« Reply #63 on: September 29, 2005, 04:48:00 AM »
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On 2005-09-29 01:07:00, GregFL wrote:

"So again, where are the twelve steps listed in the book of James?



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So, again, 'The 12 Steps' have their roots in the Book of James. This James was the Brother of Jesus. AA, Oxford Group, Buchman, etc. didn't invent this stuff. It's a God thing. Please note the emphasis on roots. That was my original statement before you started torturing it.

not listed there. concepts are laid out there for believers. The Bible is not intended for, nor can it be accurately interpreted by a non-believer, who does not have the indwelling of The Holy Spirit for guidance. You have shown yourself to be at best skeptical of the Bible, so why are we even having this discussion? If you sincerely want these answers, I suggest you talk to a Pastor or Priest. They are more knowledgable than I am. I'm done with this discussion.
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« Reply #64 on: September 29, 2005, 07:07:00 AM »
and again, the book of james was not credibly written by the brother of Jesus, was not even admitted into the bible until the 4th century, is likely the work of an anonymous writer posing as James, the brother of Jesus, and was likely written way after any reasonable amount of time any brother of Jesus could have survived. All one would have to do is look at legitimate historical resources (not religious ones) that have studied the historocity of The Book of James.

Further, there is no reference at all to the 12 steps in the book of james, rather, there is a backward searching attempt at matching the steps to some of the writings. Anyone practicing the first step would clearly see this.

Finaly, your admission that you feel the 12 steps are divinly inspired shines a spotlight on the fact that AA is not much more than a thinly veiled religion, and as such forcing people to attend is a clear violation of the Constitution of the United States. But Thom, step away..it is YOUR right under the consitution to do so.

Yes, we can now move on, unless you have something more.
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« Reply #65 on: September 29, 2005, 07:10:00 AM »
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On 2005-09-29 01:48:00, Thom wrote:

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On 2005-09-29 01:07:00, GregFL wrote:


"So again, where are the twelve steps listed in the book of James?





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The Bible is not intended for, nor can it be accurately interpreted by a non-believer


Oh please, believe first, then understand later?  How about understand first, then come to believe...that is a much more rational approach not to just religion but to life itself.

Believing first, then "interpreting" the writings is an open invitation to do what you have done, make things up and conclude before you know...things like "the book of James was written by the brother of Jesus" for instance.
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« Reply #66 on: September 29, 2005, 08:17:00 AM »
Greg,
How did you learn to ride a bike without training wheels?  Think about it. :grin:
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« Reply #67 on: September 29, 2005, 10:21:00 AM »
well, after so much time, it is time to take the training wheels off your brains.


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« Reply #68 on: September 29, 2005, 10:28:00 AM »
I sold my training wheels to Cher many years ago.

Do you and Antigen sing "I got you babe" to each other at the end of a long day?

 :grin:  :grin:  :grin:  :grin:  :grin:  :grin:  :grin:  :grin:  :grin: :grin:   :grin:
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« Reply #69 on: September 29, 2005, 10:35:00 AM »
They say that love won't pay the  rent..before its thru the money's all been speeent!


I don't think Bill would appreciate that!


But hey, it beats the hokey pokey any day!

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« Reply #70 on: September 29, 2005, 10:42:00 AM »
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On 2005-09-29 01:24:00, Thom wrote:

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On 2005-09-28 20:54:00, Thom wrote:



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Greg, as you know, there are no records of attendance kept in AA, thus, no way of accurately gauging a percentage."



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AA has done a study, as well as several independent firms.  "


Well, if you already have information on this question, why are you asking me?"


Because I thought your program spin on it would be entertaining.

What is the Success rate of AA Thom, according to AA's own internal documents.  And what is the success rate of those that haven't attended 12 step treatment.

And why?

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