The Shroud of Turin, which was discovered in the mid-1300s in Troyes, France, is once again on display from April 10-May 23, 2010 in Turin, Italy after a decade of absence from the public eye. It is touted as being the burial cloth of Jesus Christ by many Christians, pseudo-Christians, and some scientists. In 1898, the Shroud became an international phenomenon when photographer Secondo Pia produced a photographic negative of the Shroud that revealed an image of a man that is believed to be an image of Jesus Christ himself.
Scientific tests were done in 1988 on the 14.3 by 3.7 ft. piece of cloth using radiocarbon dating with results showing it originated between 1260-1390. However, those results are disputed by many who question the way the radiocarbon dating was done or who question the validity of radiocarbon dating itself. There are no concrete explanations as to how the image got on the cloth since no one has come up with a way to copy the Shroud. Without any slam-dunk scientific evidence to completely validate the Shroud’s authenticity, the Shroud continues to be shrouded in controversy of whether or not it is genuine.
My personal opinion is that the Shroud of Turin is a fraud and an elaborate hoax. The fact that no one has ever discovered Christ’s body and no proof exists to dispute his resurrection is good enough for me to accept the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, just as he predicted he would. Then there is also the fact that secular historians from the 1st and 2nd Centuries as well as the findings of modern archaeology show the New Testament recorded events with a great deal of accuracy, proving that the New Testament is totally reliable.
So we must ask ourselves what the big deal is about the Shroud of Turin anyway? To answer that question, I will first point out that the Shroud is in the possession of the Vatican. When one looks at the true history of Roman Catholicism (and by that I mean the history that has not undergone their revisionist lies), one will discover that those who lead this church have always used sleight of hand to deceive people into believing that devotion to their organization is the only way to be godly. Displaying the Shroud of Turin is very much like a Marian apparition in that it is being used as a PR move to try to soften much of the negative press the Vatican has gotten lately for covering up the overwhelming problem of pedophile priests in Roman Catholicism.
I base this on what the Archbishop of Turin, Severino Poletto, has stated: “The Church has always gone through painful times in the course of history. Those who point the finger at a few priests forget to say how much good the Church and its institutions have done for humanity throughout history.” So I guess we can just forget about the lives that have been devastated by perverted priests (and there are more than just a few, contrary to what he states) since the Roman Catholic Church has piled up enough good works to outweigh their perversions.
Poletto then went on to quote Pope John Paul II who said the Shroud is a reminder of “millions of men who die of hunger, of the horrors perpetrated in so many wars (and) the brutal exploitation of women and children.” But of course by making this quote the late pope conveniently overlooked that many priests and undercover Jesuits have perpetrated wars and advanced the brutal exploitation of women and children in their personal lust and lust for world power.
If we look at what the Bible says about the burial cloths of New Testament times, we can see the possible fraudulence of the Shroud. As John Adolfi of the Lost World Museum recently pointed out in his April 2010 newsletter, the burial custom of the Jews was to have bodies wrapped in strips of linen, which included at least two pieces–one to wrap around the head and another piece to wrap the body. In other words, they looked like mummies. Here’s what the Scriptures say about the Jews’ burial practices:
43And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.44And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. [John 11]
38And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.39And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
40Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. [John 19, emphases added]
3Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.4So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
5And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
6Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
7And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. [John 20, emphases added]
So the scriptures tell us they were graveclothes and linen clothes, meaning more than one piece of cloth. Since the Shroud is all one piece, it does not match the scripture and can therefore be dismissed from having anything to do with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Source: Gina Doggett, Shroud of Turin displayed for first time in decade, Yahoo! News, Saturday, April 10, 2010.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–