14 April 2006

The Shroud

Good Friday.
Another great time to discuss Jesus Christ.
Lotsa documentaries and conversation lately about The Shroud of Turin.....
What's your opinion.....is that the image of Jesus in that cloth?

Let me quote the Gospel written by John, Chapter 19, verse 40:
(New Intl. translation)

"Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices,
in strips of linen
. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs."


Now I'll ask again:
What's your opinion?


Anonymous said...

Personally, I don't know. I take your point on the strips but we can't even get a Statute Mile and a Nautical Mile to be the same length... who's to define how wide a strip is.

My confusion is where we get the historical record for the thing. Back then there were probably several hundred million people in the world many of them famous. People generally bury all of there dead in pretty much the same way. We still do it today. Funeral homes all pretty much use the same processes and chemicals anywhere you happen to need one. Back then pretty much everyone that could afford it used the same spices and strips of linen and your reference even notes that it was in accordance with customs. All of which only makes me wonder is that Jesus or some Guys uncle Bob? Which still leaves the question of why one would remove it. I've got two theories (that's french for wild a** guess) which are either the body removed so that the tomb could be reused and the shroud kept or it was some famous figure from the time and joe the tomb watcher thought he might get a couple of donkeys for it on the ebay of the time.

In the end, I'd like to think that it is authentic and that this could be proven but I don't know and I'm not sure how anyone else could.

Greybeard said...

I think my point is obvious....

Is there any way at all that you could define The Shroud as "Strips"?

Looks like one piece of cloth to me.

Anonymous said...

Yup, I understood your point. My comment was only meant to say that a "strip" might be as wide as a 4 inch bandage or as wide as a landing strip. However, after seeing your comment I read into it and this seems to be one of the best arguments against the shrouds authenticity.

Like I said, I'm still undecided.

Greybeard said...

Risking "beating the dead horse" here...

We'd be in accord if it said "strip".
It doesn't.