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The Search For God In Eight Ch

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The Search for God in Eight Chapters In Eight Chapters by Maimonides, there seems to be a lot of confusion when dealing with the existence of God and man's perception of him. Maimonides was trying to provide a strong basis for the belief that God was above man, but instead he only succeeds in stating obvious facts that fail to show a complete understanding of the subject.Maimonides does admit to the fact that metaphysics has yet to correctly identify exactly what God is. Are God and knowledge one? Maimonides espouses that metaphysics has already explained the fact that God, "does not know by means of knowledge nor is he alive by means of life, such that he and knowledge are two different things, like man and his knowledge"(Ethical Writings of Maimonides,94). This means humans are the only ones to discover and learn through knowledge, and exist in a certain life. God does neither of these things. Maimonides continues to say that if God were known through knowledge, "there would necessarily be multiplicity and the eternal things would be multiple-God, the knowledge by which He knows, the life by which He is alive, the power by which he is powerful, and likewise with all of his attributes"(94). One cannot even try to imagine a God so great that he is incomprehensible, and it seems to me that this would not, or should not be the God embraced and praised in Christianity. Why would it be that we were created in God's image, and yet were are so below him that nothing about him is comprehensible to us? In all his supreme power, why would he create us with such meager minds and bodies? It seems that this supreme being that Maimonides has envisioned in order to support the fact that God is beyond comprehension is more than just mysterious. Maimonides fails to address any type of these arguments, and merely says that this proof is sufficient for the "common people".Another important aspect of Maimonides arguments, was his view on the existence of God, or more accurately, our ability to perceive him. Once again Maimonides weakly defends his position by explaining that this "is due to the perfection of His existence and the deficiency of our intellects"(95). It would seem top me that a God so great would have the ability to more effectively influence society or people, with or without making his presence known. It can be argued that God influences people every day through decisions they make, but this statement is wrong according to Maimonides. This follows from his logic that the soul and God are two different things. He never mentions God being inside a person. Therefore God does not influence a person's actions. Even science fiction writers have thought up aliens that have influenced people without making the person...

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