People on social media are convinced they see Jesus in the flames of Notre Dame

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Lesley Rowan, a mother from Scotland, was reading about and looking at images of the fire that consumed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris this Monday when she saw what appeared to her as an image of Jesus in the flames. In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, she wrote, "I may be letting my mind play tricks on me here, folks take a close look at this picture and what do you see."

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Rowan also posted a picture of the burning cathedral with a circle around the area where she was seeing the image of Jesus. Social media being what it is, her post has sparked all kinds of reactions. Some agree, some think she's crazy, and others see even more things in the flames. See for yourself.

Do you see it?

"When I looked at this photo last night, I was really astounded by what I saw. When I look at it I see a silhouette of Jesus. I really see a vivid image," Rowan told to the Daily Record.

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Rowan thought that what she saw would bring people comfort.

Rowan said, "I feel like it will bring comfort to people in Paris and all over the world at this sad time." She's probably right, it probably does bring comfort to many.

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And she's not alone.

She's not the only one who can clearly see the image of Jesus. "I shared it and asked for people's opinions - even my brother in Australia said it looks like Jesus," says Rowan.

But others think she's just out of her mind.

This is just one of the many examples of skeptical reactions to Rowan's Jesus sighting. There's a whole lot of questioning of her sanity going on.

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She's not the only one seeing things in the flames, though.

While the spotting of Jesus in the flames is getting a lot of attention, some say they see a menacing face in the flames and smoke surrounding the cathedral's burning spire in another image.

People can argue back and forth about what it is they see or don't see in the flames. It just goes to show that sometimes what we see is more of a function of what we believe than what we're actually looking at.

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