C'est Le Diable: Did The Devil Appear in France?
February 27, 2011
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[pullquote]This is an archive post from 2010. [/pullquote]When in the presence of regal preeminence there is always the wondrous awe that blinds the atmosphere. Match that with being in the presence of God and his Holiness. When Jesus visited Simon Peter at his work place –the sea as they fished, he found them having a tireless and empty nets night. To compound their frustrations, he tells Peter to launch into the deep one more time. So much advice from some one who has never fished you would say. But Peter casts out his nets just one more time at the bidding of the master and he caught fish to the point that the nets were breaking and the boats were sinking. The awe and majestic splendour of such a man. Even the fish listen and obey him mulled the over whelmed fisher men. No wonder Peter’s next words went beyond worship when he said, ‘Depart from me, Lord. I am a sinful man.’
I have always wondered what it would feel like being in the incarnate presence of God. But this week a couple of French suburbanites reported an eerie presence altogether which they termed ‘le diable’.
Police are investigating the incident which took place in the early hours in the small town of La Verriere, west of Paris. Officers said some of the injured were children including a four-month-old baby, who is in a serious condition in a children’s hospital in the French capital.
“Thirteen people were in an apartment on the second floor when, at around 3am, one of the occupants heard his child crying,” said Odile Faivre, the deputy prosecutor in Versailles. “The man in question, of African origin, who was completely naked, got up to feed his child, at which point the other occupants took him for the devil.
“He was seriously wounded in the hand after being stabbed with a knife before he was thrown out of the apartment, via the door.” The 30-year-old man then tried to force his way back into the room. “That’s when the other occupants tried to escape by jumping out of the window, panicked by a fear of the devil,” said Ms Faivre.
If supposed fear of ‘le diable’ or the devil makes people drop out of windows, what would have happened if some one had shouted: C’est Jésus… il est de retour!
It is Jesus… He is Back!