As the evening hours approach on this day before Easter, I happened on this fascinating article on the shroud of Turin, which is thought by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus. Will this ever be definitively proved? No, and neither will a 100% slam dunk piece of evidence proving God’s existence ever surface, for what a mockery that would make of the amazing gift of choice He gives us. The ability to live life as one pleases is a necessary factor for us humans to reach our highest potential and a God that forces our belief of Him through paint by the numbers evidence would greatly dishonor this.
Regardless, it’s a very interesting piece that touches on the more technical aspects of the Shroud, like the “distance information” that enables it to be read as a 3D map. It plainly shows a beaten, crucified Middle Eastern man with the exact details of someone who endured over 100 whip marks on his body and blood stains formed around the head as such would be found from a crown of thorns. Marks of crucifixion appear too along with those on the side showing large wounds from a spear.
As Russ Breault states in the article, “The Shroud is actually an itemized receipt documenting the extraordinary price that was paid when God sent his only son to redeem the world.”
Whether you believe that or not, it’s still a fun read. Happy Easter!
2017 Update: The author of the article I link to above, Myra Adams, has another article on the shroud that brings some interesting context to both her original piece and this post. Give it a read here.