Posted: 11/14/11 06:39 PM ET
Now comes word that he might have gone over the edge -- and onto the side of a cliff in Ireland. Tourist Sandra Clifford's picture has got a lot of people excited.
Clifford, a pilot fron San Francisco, spotted the figure recently while visiting the famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare with her friend, Fiona Fay.
The two saw what Clifford thought looked like the image of Jesus on the side of one of the cliffs and she immediately snapped a photo on her digital camera.
"I definitely felt a divine presence," Clifford told HuffPost Weird News. "To me, it was definitely a face, but I realize some people may interpret it differently."
Clifford feels her training as a pilot has honed her vision and also taught her to be skeptical about what she sees, which is why she asked the folks around her their opinions of the cliffside Christ.
Clifford proceeded to ask a group of German men if they could see the outline, according to IrishCentral.com, and after looking at it closely, she says they too nodded their heads in agreement, and began taking photos.
"I am glad I asked strangers about what they saw," she told HuffPost Weird News. "I hope they come forward with their pictures as well."
After her trip to the Christ cliff, she and Fay stopped at Gus O’Connor’s pub in nearby Doolin, where she showed her pictures to owner Therese O'Flaherty, who, according to TheDailyEdge.com, went to the same spot where Clifford made her sighting the next day and saw the same image.
Flaherty subsequently told IrishCentral.com that Clifford didn't seem like the type of person to make up a story and added, "They didn’t come in to show it to us and they weren’t making a big deal about it.”
However, she is curious that the Jesus image hasn't been seen before since she usually sees at least five tour buses going to that same viewpoint and none of them have reported a similar sighting.
Clifford is amazed as well.
"I found this image amazing. This entire day was incredible," she said. "The only way I can describe how I felt when I saw the image is very calm. It was absolutely beautiful and quiet.
Clifford wants to make sure that no one can make claims that the photos have been retouched, so she is removing the disc with the photos from her digital camera so they can be saved as they are forever.
She has refused all attempts to touch up the photograph back in the United States, insisting she wants to maintain its originality.