It can be simply said of as the ability to exercise authority, control, influence, and rule over living and non-living things altogether. This is the act of influencing things to happen or go in a particular way. The power at hand may be for the benefit of one or many people around the person with authority.
We are informed of how God used his power to manipulate the existence of the living and non-living things both on earth and in heaven. These things he created were for the benefit of himself and the community of mankind he had created by his power. His power helped to put everything in order so that there was mutual interdependence between the creatures. In addition, his power separated or held things together, like he separated day and night for the benefit of mankind and all other creatures, he also made the land separate with waters, thus his power enabled him rule over everything in existence up to date.
We are informed that through the authority that God had, he commanded the lights to be there for the benefit of the human race, the animals and the plants. This made the animals to live under set-ups like communities where everything at least one way or two of reliance to the other creatures, this met the communal needs of the existing groups of creatures and more importantly the human being who had a most organized type o community.
The man that God created had power that enabled him keep animals, till land, and make his community benefit from all this efforts. According to the book of Genesis in the Bible, God’s authority is superb over man’s existence; it controls all that man has to do. In simpler terms God has control over all mankind, thus for man to prosper, he has to be in terms with his creator who is God, thus the power of God controls mankind and this includes his set-up, whether individual or a whole society or community as a whole.
The Bible speaks about the restrictions the society had been given concerning their conduct, achievements, and their destiny at the end. Finally concerning the book of Genesis, man had to rule himself and the society around him, this was to enable the community at large to have sense of direction, be able to unite in times of trouble like facing a common enemy, celebrations, and all that benefits mankind. He had control over his community’ peace and order, thus devises rules for his leadership and governance for his society.
In the book Gilgamesh, the author speaks about a historical king who reined in the city of Uruk in ancient Mesopotamia, we are told of how this king used his authority to change man or to civilize him, this was not about one man only but the whole community at large. The king used his power to manipulate the community and enable it to conger the enemy they faced collectively (Mitchell 1). The kings’ authority shaped the future of his society at the end through the civilization efforts; this empowered the society in the shape of man mostly referred to as Enkidu. This is the man who collaborated with the king to make the whole community to be safe by fighting the monsters, a common enemy to both the king the people he ruled represented by Enkidu.
The king’s authority is also found effective in manipulating the community to build a temple for religions purposes, thus implying that the king’s power controlled the religious background of the people of the city of Uruk. In this book, the author shows how the king used his authority to search for wisdom; in essence to come up with remedies to the most fearful thing that had robbed off the king’s friend. This was to change or reverse the adversities caused by death as a result of fighting monsters, a common enemy to the people of the city of Uruk (Mitchell 23).
Therefore, according to the author of this book, Gilgamesh, the king’s authority was both restraining or controlling and empowering the society that the king exercised his rule on. This empowering ability comes into being when first of all, the king allows and facilitates the building of the temple and then empowers the priestess to make the society civilized thus being in a position to also see and fight or find the solution to problems around them (Mitchell 32).
In the book Tao Te Ching, the author speaks on how someone may exercise good governance to his people, he expounds on the importance of the leader who follows the desires of the people to make good leadership. Good power control results into peace and general abundance in a country. In the stanza number seventy-five, it talks on how bad power-exercising method may ruin the good of a country; it therefore recommends that authorities should take the interests of the people. In the eightieth stanza, the author portrays power exercising in a way it controls the general peace of the country and people. Here power is seen controlling the image of a country, its wealth, and the effectiveness of a good ruling or governance.
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