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Eye

The capacity of sight is a powerful metaphor in the Christian tradition. In Amazing Grace we sing: "I once was lost but now am found; Was blind, but now, I see" to contrast our life without faith to our life in Christ.

Many Gospel stories show Jesus restoring sight to the blind. To those critical of him for healing on the Sabbath, Jesus says, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind" (John 9:39).

The eye of God can symbolize creation. Regarding creation, "God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good" (Genesis 1:31). Old Trondhjem Lutheran Church near Lonsdale, Minn., features a blue-and-white all-seeing eye of God painted on a circular window.

Other attributes associated with the eye of God are omniscience, judgment and watchful, protective care. When inscribed in a triangle, the eye of God invokes all three persons of the Trinity.


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