What is the Mandate of Heaven and why is it considered a "double-edged sword"?
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
Mandate of Heaven is like "God gave me the right to rule"
But I think in China, most rulers actually tried to do good. God would have bad things happen to the country IF the ruler wasn't just. If good things happened to the country then god approved.
That's why it a double edged sword. This included natural disasters too.
There were many concepts like this like "divine right" as in "God gave me the right to rule and I answer only to that God"
Well it's something like this if I remember correctly. =)