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If I remember correctly in the story of Moses and the ten plagues, God hardens Pharaoh's heart. Exodus 9:12  Do supernatural forces control our minds? Is our free will limited?

God does not limit our free will, which is affected by many human factors within our own being.  God does help us to make correct decisions.  Generally speaking, we are morally responsible for our decisions based on our knowledge and consent.
Exodus reflects the consequences of the pharaoh's decision to refuse allowing the Israelites to leave their slave status.  Pharaoh's decision resulted in a "hardened heart."
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Edward Bode


Catholic dogma, especially as related to Scripture. I have a doctorate in biblical theology [University of St. Thomas, Rome]. I do not answer questions concerning personal moral situations -- ones dealing with right and wrong [sin].


I have taught Catholic thought in grade and high schools, and in college and universities.

Catholic Biblical Association

Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Bible Today.

Graduate degrees in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, in scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas; all in Rome

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