EVIDENCE FOR CHRISTIANITY
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STATEMENT OF FAITH
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SHROUD OF TURIN
SHROUD OF TURINPhoto by ©Thomas Sutton/ShutterPoint Photography
You are looking at the Shroud of Turin. The shroud of Turin is the actual linen cloth that was wrapped around Jesus Christ at the time of burial. When the resurrection of Jesus Christ occurred a negative image was imaged on the cloth during resurrection. You could say this image truly was the first photographic image ever made in the world. This image was made supernaturally by the Savior Jesus Christ. This particular image on this website is a photograph of an original photograph which was displayed at the Eglise St. Sulpice, in Paris, France photographed by Thomas Sutton.
The shroud of Turin is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. This cloth measures approximately 14 feet long by three feet wide. This linen cloth called the shroud of Turin gets its name from the location of where this cloth is presently preserved in Turin, Italy. For over 400 years Turin, Italy has been the home for this burial shroud. Specifically, home is in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
What is unique about this cloth is there is an image shadow of a man on the cloth. Some believe that this image is the image that Jesus Christ left on the cloth at the very moment of resurrection. One other fact about this image is the image appears on the cloth as a negative image like on a photographic film negative. I believe this image is the result of an exposure from some type of electromagnetic radiation that was emitted at the time of resurrection. During the resurrection of Christ this powerful surge of electromagnetic energy which we could call light or some type of radiation exposed this negative image of Christ on the cloth.
Let me give you a clear example of this same phenomenon happening at another time in history. Towards the end of World War II the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. One bomb went to Hiroshima, the other went to Nagasaki. From the nuclear discharge of the bomb many shadows of images were left of people and objects. These images were referred to as nuclear shadows. Any image made with light or some other type of electromagnetic energy like x-ray radiation can be defined as being a photographic image. So possibly the shroud of Turin could have been the very first photograph made by the resurrection of Jesus Christ over two millennia.
Today science has shown us a similar physiological effect known through Kirlian photography. It involves an electrical corona discharge producing images from electrical emissions. I have never made any Kirlian photographs yet, but may experiment with Kirlian photography in the future. I was first introduced to this photographic phenomenon in the 1970s.
Early Russian research claimed this electrical discharge known as Kirlian photography is brought about by a psychic or paranormal phenomenon. You can find many New Age or occult books on the subject of Kirlian photography linking it to the paranormal, but Kirlian photography is not supernatural; it is the photography of a physical electrical corona discharge on an object in contact with a sheet of film and a metal discharge plate which can also be imaged with a digital camera sensor.Click here for a few examples of Kirlian Photography.
When Peter, James and John witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew 17, Mark 9, and Luke 9:28-36 did these disciples observe the same electromagnetic energy that could have left an image on the shroud of Turin? When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments his face had a glow. Was this glow somehow connected to the same energy that ascended from Jesus Christ at the resurrection?
Looking at this ancient linen cloth the main image is a faint sepia color. This image is an anatomic representation of a man who was crucified on a Roman cross. Both front and back images of the man appear on the 14 foot long cloth. This image further shows that there were injuries on the body and blood stains. Remember this main image is revealed as a negative image like on a photographic film negative.
The image of the man on the cloth which I believe to be Jesus shows a nude man anatomically correct at a possible age of 30 years or older. His hair is long falling over the shoulders and parted in the middle. Other facial hair visible is a mustache, beard, and Jewish side locks.1
The ancient cloth by itself is also faded and no longer white. The color of the cloth is of an off white color closer to the amber color of the sepia image so there is no longer much visual contrast between the main image and the cloth. This is why it is so very important to hold on to the early photographs that were taken during previous showings of the shroud. The shroud will keep fading through time. During the years of 1898, 1931, and 1978 are the years that the shroud has been photographed for study.
Joining the main image on the shroud is scorch and water marks from a fire that occurred on December 4, 1532 at Sainte-Chapelle at Chamberry which would be in eastern France. The cloth was folded in a silver casket hidden in a wall. The cloth was saved in time to sustain minimal damage from the fire. Some of the silver melted from the silver casket container and the cloth suffered both water and scorch marks staining the cloth which clearly indicated how the cloth was folded in the silver casket.
Bloodstains are visible on the image heaviest at the wrist, feet, and wound from the Roman spear that pierced the side of Christ’s body. The image also indicates bloodstains from the head and face. Other bloodstains are visible that cover the entire back and front of Christ. These bloodstains actually indicate the presence of the crown of thorns and the whip marks from the Roman flagrum.
Images of twenty-eight plants have been identified on the cloth by both Dr. Whanger and Scheuermann. All of these plants grow in Israel. Twenty of these plants are from the Judean Mountains near Jerusalem. The other plants come from the Judean desert or the Dead Sea.2 Most of these plants are flowering plants and bloom during the spring in March or April. That would be at the exact time of the Jewish Passover and the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.3 Swiss criminologist, Dr. Max Frei discovered and identified fifty-eight different types of pollen on the cloth that originated from Jerusalem, Eastern Turkey, and Europe.4
Even an image of an ancient Roman coin was seen over the right eye. The coin was identified as the lituus lepta which are most commonly known by Christians as the “widow’s mite” coined by Pontius Pilate. This coin was struck in the years of A.D. 30-32. 5
So you see there is a lot of evidence that the Shroud of Turin is authentic. I personally believe that this cloth is the burial shroud of my Savior and LORD Jesus Christ. What do you think? Written here is only an introduction of what the Shroud of Turin is. In later installments I will cover the history and the scientific research of the Shroud of Turin.
The Shroud of Turin has a certain mystery about it. We cannot prove with absolute certainty that this shroud was the burial cloth of Jesus. However, even if it is, it should never be worshiped or idolized in any way. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24 NKJV®)
If you kneel to a picture of the shroud and pray to it you are committing the sin of idolatry which is the second commandment of the Ten Commandments. If you kneel and pray to any picture of Jesus or a cross or anything that represents Christ you are committing the sin of idolatry. Remember many of the early Hebrews while waiting for Moses to come down from Mount Sinai made a golden calf to represent God. Please, you do not want to get trapped in the sin of idolatry.
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, am the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,” (Exodus 20:4-5 NKJV®)
It is all right to have religious pictures and crosses hanging on your walls. Having pictures of Jesus interpreted by artists hanging on your walls is okay too. Watching movies that portray Jesus as a character too is okay, and even reading novels that portray the character of Jesus is okay. If you find a photo of the Shroud of Turin that you want to hang on your wall that would be okay too, but don’t worship or pray to these images. Do not catch yourself talking to a picture of Jesus. Talking to a picture of Jesus is idolatry.
"We can tell you what it's not but we cannot tell you what it is."
—Barrie M. Schwortz
SHROUD OF TURIN PAGE: END NOTES
1.John C. Iannone. The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin; Alba House; Staten Island, NY 10314 (1998) p 6.
2.Ibid. p 28.
3.Ibid. p 28-29.
4.Ibid. p 20.
5 Mary & Alan Whanger. The Shroud of Turin; Providence House Publishers; Franklin, TN 37067 (1998) p27.
6.Questar, Inc.; Jesus and the Shroud of Turin; DVD; Chicago, IL 60611-0345 (2003).