The symbol of an eye inside a triangle on the back of our one dollar bill is interpreted differently by various religious and cultural groups. Many refer to it as the “all-seeing eye” or the “Eye of Providence,” but not everyone associates it with the God of our holy Bible. In fact, there are many cultures that link it with one of their heathen deities and thus this symbol represents their “omniscient god.” Others see it as a sign of the religious groups “Free Masonry” and the “Illuminati,” and still others consider it simply as a good luck charm. In some Christian circles the “triangle” stands for the “Trinity” with the “eye” symbolizing “God’s Omniscience.” I could cite many other interpretations but enough has been said to show that we can’t be absolutely certain what it means, though the general view is that it represents “God (whatever one’s view of God is) watching over mankind.”

Christians have always used symbols (such as the “cross” or the “fish”) to remind them of the truths of Christianity, but we must remember there is no inherent power in the symbols themselves. The power is in THE TRUTH and since we have been speaking of the “all-seeing eye of God,” we should remind ourselves of what Scripture teaches us on this subject. Hebrews 4:13 declares, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (NKJV). This is a clear and emphatic statement about the “all-seeing eye of God.” The Psalmist agrees with this: “The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men” (Psalm 33:13). Job echoes the same truth in Job 34:21: “For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps.” Solomon added his voice to this truth in Proverbs 15:3: “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”

Does the thought of God watching you (and EVERYTHING you do) bother you and does it bring you comfort? Did you know that the day is coming when you will stand before God and give an account for every thought, word and deed? We saw from Hebrews 4:13 that “all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him TO WHOM WE MUST GIVE ACCOUNT,” and thus every soul that has ever lived with meet their Maker and be called upon to answer for everything they did. For the Christ-rejecter this will be a most solemn time, for every sin that was committed with be revealed and judged accordingly. Revelation 20:11-12 speaks of this time: “Then I was a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, STANDING BEFORE GOD, and books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things where were written in the books.” God not only SEES ALL, but He is WRITING EVERTHING HE SEES in books and on the Day of Judgment God will open those books and expose every sin of each unbeliever. Those sins will then determine the degree of punishment they experience throughout eternity. The believer in Christ will also give an account before God, but NOT for their sins (their sins were already judged when Christ died for them on the cross—see Isaiah 53:5 with 1st Peter 2:24). But the believer in Christ will still give an account of his service and his entire life, and will be rewarded for everything that was done for the glory of God (see Romans 14:10-12; 1st Corinthians 3:12-15 and 2nd Corinthians 5:10). (236.5) (DO)