Is this true? I think most of us accept this as true, and I haven’t really thought about it before now. It can’t be true. If there is anything, anyone that has absolute power it would be God. God cannot by definition be corrupt. So it isn’t true. Can’t be.
What does corrupt people always, everywhere? It is said not money in and of itself, but the love of money is the root of all evil. So would it be the love, the desire for absolute power that corrupts absolutely. That makes sense and must go back to the Garden of Eden and the Original Sin.
The Original Sin had nothing to do with sex. It was about grasping, taking what was not yours to take. In the Garden God said, “Do not eat of the Tree of Knowledge!” They did. Then they were thrown out of the Garden lest they eat of the Tree of Life. Now turn your Bibles to the Book of Revelation Chapter 2:7; “To him who overcomes, to him I will give to eat of the Tree of Life.” So sooner or later it is God’s intention for us to eat of the Tree of Live, but at His time not ours. Obviously the Tree of Knowledge was put right there in the Garden next to the Tree of Life because He intended us to eat of it at some point in time, just not right then. But, Adam and Eve went and ate of it anyways, took it into themselves before they were ready for it. They grasped what was not theirs. That was and still is the sin.
The word grasped is important: Philippians 2:5 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped”. But was given equality with God because of His patience and obedience.
So let me put it this way. Is there a Tree of Absolute Power, of Absolute Riches? If there is, are they something to be grasped? To be lusted for, to scheme for, to kill other people for? Will that not in the end corrupt you? Absolutely!
Can absolute power be held by a fool?
What does purity and power have to do with each other?
What does purity have to do with joy? And thus power and joy?