Good stuff so far on the term “authority.” What I’m looking for, however, is not the denotation, or common meaning, but the individual emotional impact of this word. That will vary among persons, according to experiences, insights and studies. What does the word feel like to you? What color does it have?
Let me give an example of another word. A friend of ours couldn’t think of God as “Father,” because her father abused her sexually at home. The connotation of abuse and extreme duress associated with the term “father” kept her from appreciating this wonderful concept and prevented her from obeying the Lord.