Monday, March 19, 2018
Bill W. and Jesus
I think that Bill W. the co-founder of AA, and Jesus had about the same sense of the value of knowledge, that is head/brain knowledge. Having facts, information, and general knowledge about a subject does not really amount to much change in a person. Bill said that "knowledge avails us nothing," that is without practice of what it is you say you know. Jesus said that one is "not far from the kingdom" if they know key answers, such as which is the greatest commandment in the Jewish Law. Not far, is still not in the kingdom. Knowledge can point to the door, or draw us closer to transformation, or sobriety, which is surely transformation for an addict, but pointing and drawing close is still not being there. YOU HAVE TO ACT. Transformation is a program of action. Just because you know you are supposed to love your neighbor, does not make you love your neighbor. Just because you know all about alcoholism and the twelve steps, does not make you sober. You have to do something and do it every day. For some of us, it is not easy being good. We have to work at it. I am just speaking for myself of course.