Step Two: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
After admitting powerlessness over Alcohol in step 1, there may be no other option for an alcoholic at this point other than step 2.
Does this mean that I have to believe in God in order to take this step?
Willingness is what is required to take this step. If you have no belief what so ever in a higher power or even if you believe in God but think that God no longer believes in you, this is all fine. All that is asked of you here is to have an open mind and willingness to believe the possibility that there may be a power that can help you solve your problem. This is a step many have said they took piece meal. In other words You do not have to take all of this at once. Came to believe insinuates that this is a process.
I already have a strong belief in God and go to church every Sunday. So haven’t I taken this step?
You have certainly taken the first half of this step. But you will need to take a look at the need to be restored to sanity, which is the second half of step 2.
This step says “restore us to sanity”. Doesn’t this imply that I am insane?
This step more than implies insanity, but this is in regards to alcohol or other addictions or obsessions that you have admitted you are powerless over in the first step. This does not necessarily mean you are insane in regards to other areas of your life. However, as far as alcoholism or drug addiction goes, these and other obsessions will slowly destroy every other part of your life and total insanity might be where you are headed.
What do I end up accomplishing by taking this step which you say is a process?
What is accomplished when you have the willingness to take this step is humility. Humility in terms that you do not have an answer for this problem. The solution to this problem must come from a power greater than yourself.