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God and his Evils Throughout the course of his Eight Chapters Maimonides makes reference to the evil of man Yet one of the primary problems with this whole issue is the fact that man was created in Gods image and that anything one creates one is responsible for the actions of the creation If man is evil then is God not responsible for the evil of man and indirectly the creator of all evil in this sense This is the question to be addressed in this discourse The specific example used from the Eight Chapters is when God hardened pharaohs heart If God was punishing pharaoh for refusing to let the Hebrews go is he not responsible for the evils of pharaoh It was stated in the bible that God hardened pharaohs heart and it is later explained by Maimonides to mean that God did so in order to punish pharaoh This makes no logical sense in that were God to want to punish would make him seem angry and irascible and to punish pharaoh would make him punitive None of this can be the good that God is said to represent After all God is said to be the greatest good to be sought Let us leave for now this point and examine pharaoh all the while keeping this in mind It was said in the bible that pharaoh was afflicted with a heavy heart where the Hebrews were concerned What could possible make the heart heavy What would add weight to a human organ naturally water Water would indicate a soggy heart and with a fairly quick and easy deduction it is fairly safe to say that pharaoh has a soggy brain and as such is a natural dolt His stupidity and ignorance can be seen as punishment in itself so there was no need for God to make things worse on the old chap Yet why would God ever create a natural
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