Part 1 Pantheism, Panentheism, Immanence, Transcend
“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”—Proverbs 15:3
“For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.”—Proverbs 5:21
“The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.”—Proverbs 20:12
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…”—2 Chronicles 16:9
“Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;”—Psalm 33:18
“…I will guide thee with mine eye.”—Psalm 32:8
I do not find in the Bible the phrases about the eye (referring to light, wisdom, knowledge, and things that are hidden) which are often mentioned in the research I have been doing. I did find “eyes of the Lord” and “eye of the Lord.” Today’s post will discuss references to the eye that are found in the Kingdom
of Darkness. As usual, there will be verses from the Kingdom of Light which are found only in God’s WORD.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”—Proverbs 9:10
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…”
—1 Corinthian 3: 19
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”—Proverbs 1:7
“In whom [Jesus] are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”—Colossians 2:3
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”—Romans 11:33
All-seeing eye and Eye of Providence
The all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol of the sun, was historically symbolic of omniscience, and can be traced back to Egyptian mythology and the eye of the falcon god, Horus and the sun god, Ra.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the all-seeing eye appeared in the west where it was called the Eye of Providence and shown as an eye surrounded by rays of light, usually enclosed by a triangle.
It seems that Ancient Egyptian culture followed the lies of the kingdom of darkness and pursued godhood and knowledge (not from God). The end
result of the kingdom of darkness is death, hence a need to create a way of
living forever—something Ancient Egypt is still famous for. According to
God’s Word, they will actually end up eternally separated from God.
“And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”—Genesis 2:9
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”—Genesis 3:4, 5
“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden…”—Genesis 3:22, 23
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”—John 17:3
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”—1 Corinthians 1:30
“…To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
Eye of Horus or the Eye of Ra
The Eye of Horus represents the right eye of the Egyptian falcon-headed god Horus, and was associated with the Sun god Ra. The left eye, which symbolized the moon is called the “Eye of Toth.” A similar concept of the sun and moon as eyes appears in many religious traditions.
Egyptian legend says that the eye of Horus was wounded, wrenched out or eaten by his relative, the god Set during a fight. The Ibis-headed Thoth, the god of magick, who was called the originator of mathematics, restored the eye…
The Egyptians equated the eye of Horus/Ra with Osiris, the Egyptian god of life, death, and fertility. The stories of who Horus, Ra, and Osiris were, change depending on what time it is in the history of ancient Egypt. Some of the beliefs include a mother/child relationship (Horus with his mother Isis) and the death and ressurection of Osiris. If you want to read a few more details, click on the link at the end of this page.
The belief that both eyes represent the whole of the universe is similar to that of the Taoist Yin-yang symbol. Together, the eyes represent the combined, transcendent power of Horus, it was believed.
- “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.”—Luke 11:34
“And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them…”—Deuteronomy 4:19
“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”—Romans 1:25
Eye of Horus or the sun god in different cultures
“Come, the Eye of Horus hath delivered for me my soul, my ornaments are established on the brow of Ra. Light is on the faces of those who are in the members of Osiris.”—The Pyramid Texts
Surya, the Sun god, is called the eye of Varuna the god of the heavens.
Mithras, the sun god, was believed to be the eye of Ahura Mazda, the creator god.
Helios was the god of the Sun as well as the god of Sight, and was portrayed as an eye with rays surrounding it.
Amaterasu, the sun goddess, was born from the left eye of Izanagi, the sky-father creator.
Odin, the chief Norse god, gave his eye to Mirmir in order to acquire knowledge. His remaining eye was the Sun and is all-seeing and all-knowing…light itself has been equated with knowledge.
Buddha is referred to as the Eye of the World throughout Buddhist scriptures and is represented as a trinity in the shape of a triangle known as the Tiratna or Triple Gem.
The symbol of modern pharmacies and prescriptions, Rx, is derived from the three pieces of the Eye of Horus.
Rosicrucians use the Eye of Providence or All-Seeing Eye, to symbolize God.
The Masonic All-Seeing Eye, and the Eye of Providence symbol found on American money, have their origins in the Eye of Horus.
The All-Seeing Eye and a pyramid are part of the Seal of the United States, as well as on the back of the one dollar bill.
“Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.”—Ezekiel 8:5
“And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.”—Ezekiel 8:16
“…for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”—1 Chronicles 28:9
Occult and Protection from evil
The symbol representing the Eye of Horus, was a powerful symbol thought to protect from evil, and one of the most common amulets of ancient Egypt. When worn as jewelry…the eye was said to ensure safety, protect health, and provide the wearer with wisdom and prosperity; it was called the “all-seeing Eye.”
“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.”—2 Thessalonians 3:3
Inner, Inward, and Outward Eye
Other terms I have been reading in my research include: inner eye, inward eye, outward eye.
Sikhism, founded on the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev, believes that God is omnipresent in all creation and visible everywhere…Nanak stressed that God must be seen from “the inward eye“, or the “heart”, of a human being…Nanak’s teachings are founded…on a spiritual union with God which results in salvation, advocating the pursuit of salvation through disciplined, personal meditation on the name and message of God. The chief obstacles to the attainment of salvation are social conflicts and an attachment to worldly pursuits…
The Deep Sciences
The deep sciences often deal with realities that can only be seen with the “inward eye” (such as Boolean algebra and imaginary numbers)… wilber.shambhala.com/html/misc/habermas/index.cfm/
Darshan is a Sanskrit Hindu term meaning sight or a glimpse of the divine. The term is used specifically for beholding highly revered people with the intention of inwardly contacting and receiving their grace and blessings. “By doing darshan properly a devotee develops affection for God, and God develops affection for that devotee.” We could have a “darshan” of the deity in the temple…or have a “darshan” in that inward eye of a light…
“Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?”—Job 38:36
“For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.”—Psalm 5:9
“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”—Psalm 51:6
“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”—Ephesians 3:16
Another name for the inner eye is the third eye. Before discussing the third eye, I will do a very brief definition of chakra.
Chakra, a very occultic system, focuses on seven energy centers in the body which are supposedly aligned with spiritual forces, sometimes called life force energy. It is thought that the seventh chakra results in union with the divine.
Some concepts and belief systems associated with chakra: traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture points; yoga, kundalini; Hindu tantra; Ayurvedic medicine; and the third eye, which I will now discuss briefly.
The third eye is known as the brow centre or the ajna (sixth) chakra, and is commonly denoted in Indian and East Asia with a dot, eye or mark on the forehead of deities or enlightened beings, such as Shiva, the Buddha, yogis…
It is also called the “Eye of Wisdom”, or, in Buddhism, the urna. In Hinduism and Buddhism, the third eye is a symbol of enlightenment. Many Hindus wear a tilak between the eyebrows to represent the third eye.
In the Indian tradition, it is the eye of knowledge, the seat of the ‘teacher inside’. In Hinduism, it is believed that the opening of Shiva’s third eye causes the eventual destruction of the universe.
In New Age spirituality, the third eye may symbolize a state of enlightenment or mental images of “spiritual” or psychological significance. The third eye is often associated with visions, clairvoyance, precognition, and out-of-body experiences.
In the Upanishads (part of the Hindu scriptures), a human being is likened to a city with ten gates…The third eye or tenth gate leads to inner realms…
The third eye is used in many meditation schools and arts, such as in yoga, qigong, many Chinese martial arts, Zen, and in Japanese martial arts such as Karate and Aikido. Martial arts derive mainly from Taoism, but also draw from Zen Buddhism as a philosophy. Aikido is additionally influenced by the monotheistic religion, Oomoto-kyo.
Lord Shiva/Lord of Yoga
Shiva (the Benign one), is mentioned in the Rig Veda. He is the focal point of Shaiviasm, that is, the Shiva tradition of worship and theology…His three eyes symbolize sun, moon, and fire, and a single glance from this eye can incinerate the entire universe…
The worship of Shiva stresses the possibility of realizing the nature of self through opening of the third eye or inward eye in meditative trance. It is a pan-Hindu tradition, practiced…especially India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”—Romans 1:24, 25
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.”—Jeremiah 23:16
“…Sanatkumara’s mission is to awaken spiritual awareness and propel us to our Divine Self. Like the CEO of Earth, Sanatkumara is heralded through this new age as a father, and a force-field of LOVE that has embraced Earth for millions of years. He is the ‘eye of God’ and prefers to be known as a teacher than worshipped as a God. paulamuran.com/www/paulamuran/SanatKumara.htm
Ancient of Days, the Return of the Dove
…“I Am’ the presence you have been waiting for, I have come before you not to be judged, I have come before you to be loved. As you do to me-you do to yourself. Recognize your imperfections, love your faults, and in that moment you shall become I Am That I Am.”—quote about Santkumara
“Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.”—Isaiah 37:23
“For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.”—Isaiah 47:10
quote from Many Shall Come in My Name, by Ray Yungen
“…I firmly believe what Jesus Christ was prophesying in Matthew and Luke was the current New Age movement when it reaches its full fruition world-wide. He clearly stated that just before His physical return a huge number of people will proclaim their own personal divinity and that many (polus) will deceive—not some, but many. There was a good reason for Him to preface these prophesies with the warning, Take heed that no man deceive you. These people will be offering a spiritual message that will look, feel, and sound like it is of Jesus Christ but is not.—Ray Yungen, pp.151-156
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”—1 Peter 3:12
“Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”—Micah 7:7
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”—Isaiah 45:22
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”—2 Corinthians 10:5
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”—Hebrews 12:2
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”—Titus 2:13
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen, Harper’s Encyclopedia of Mystical and Paranormal Experience, New York: HarperCollins, 1991, p. 197 Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 107
Some more information on Horus, Ra, and Osiris
Ra, the sun god, was the almost universally-worshipped king of the gods and all-father of creation. Too old to deal with his children any longer, Ra has gone exclusively to the sky to watch over the world.
“Horus” is commonly shown as a falcon-headed man, and is the general term for a great number of falcon gods; but it is generally accepted that Horus is the prince of the gods. At first Horus was a son of Ra, and later became the son of Osiris. One of the Horus named is shown as a nursing infant (often wearing a crown) with his mother Isis. In this form, his worship became popular and spread into Greek and Roman civilizations.
Another variation on Horus has him magically conceived by his mother Isis after the death of his father. Isis hid him on an island to protect him from Set. In this belief, Horus is worshipped as an infant and is beseeched to gain his mother’s protection for the worshipper.
In an early version of Horus, god of light, his left eye was the sun and his right eye the moon. He was the brother of Osiris and Set.
A combined god of Horus and Ra, he was the god of the sun and took it on its daily path across the sky. He is represented as a falcon or a falcon-headed man wearing the solar disk and the double crown.
The Utchat pronounced “udjat” by the Egyptians, the Eye of Horus or the Eye of Ra represents a human eye with the cheek markings of a falcon. http://altreligion.about.com/library/graphics/symbols/wedjat2.jpg