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Perhaps the answer lies in the HaRmBM's introductory remarks expressed in the letter to his student, R. Joseph ibn Aknin to whom the Guide seems to some extent be addressed. Ashe said: every word (i.e., no doubt including the Introduction) need to be carefully read: "When I commenced by way of hints, I noticed that you desired additional explanation, ...


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Our understanding of God is (for the most part) limited to a reflection of our understanding of man. Within the human psyche there are quite well defined areas of thought and feeling that are identified in modern psychology (e.g. see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transactional_analysis#The_ego-state,_or_Parent%E2%80%93Adult%E2%80%93Child_(PAC),_models) which ...


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Short answer: No. If there were any Jews who held such claims, they were not enough to leave behind any record. The Bible is clear that there were Jews who worshipped foreign idols, but they did not claim a Biblical basis for doing so. Rather, they recognized that they were acting AGAINST the Bible's claim that there is only one G-d. The concept of G-d ...


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Since Abraham, the first Jew, Judaism has been devoted to a simple one God. "Minim" מינים heretics I believe refers to various Gnostic groups (does its etymology mean "kinds" as in those two view different kinds and numbers of gods?) When is the "advent" of Christianity -- Jesus or Paul or the later Gospels? Nevertheless I ...


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The Ramchal answers this in Derech Hashem - in a nutshell God is perfect and wants to share his perfection with others He created the world in an act of love, to have someone (man) who benefits from His goodness, which is ultimately man's ability to attach himself to the perfect good (God) now in order for the gift not to come for free (and be worthless), ...


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Not necessarily, although it would be good to do so. I say this because Ralbag felt that G-d does not know the future. ibn Ezra wrote that G-d only knows generalities but not the details. Rambam might have felt this way also, but he writes elsewhere that G-d did not "test" Abraham because G-d would already know the outcome.


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True, the Aztecs have a similar story about the nation’s founding. They say there was a mass revelation, the entire Aztec nation heard the divine voice. However, there are no living Aztecs alive today. They were all killed by the Spanish and smallpox. No masses today in Mexico claim the purported events as their history. Thus, no proof. As for the others, ...


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