For The Love of Christ: 3 Reasons Why The Shroud of Turin is Real

Ancient Origins

If there is one artifact from ancient times with the power to baffle and excite people to this day, it is the Shroud of Turin. Believed by millions of people to be the actual cloth that covered the dead body of Jesus Christ, it shows the clear image of a man recently crucified. But whether this age-old shroud is, in fact, a burial remanent from most famous death in all of history continue to mystify scientists, religious figures, and just about anyone who hears its story.

Despite the power of modern technology, the Shroud of Turin has withstood hundreds of tests, confounded endless studies, and forced naysayers to spend millions of dollars. But, shockingly, no one has ever reached the truth.

The Shroud has endured the test of time, traversing through centuries of life, and remains one of the compelling pieces of religious evidence in the ongoing discussion of Christ’s existence. Hidden away for centuries by the monarchy and the church, the artifact has not only weathered constant speculation, but it as managed to frustrate any researcher who dared test its veracity. And they have tried.

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For those who believe, the Shroud is confirmation of everything they hold sacred, but for the skeptics, it is a constant source of irritation. One thing remains true, however, this ancient relic has the power to create dissent and fascination with equal measure.

The Shroud currently resides in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. Over the years, it has undergone many restorations to preserve it for further studies and is carefully protected in an airtight and temperature controlled case with bulletproof glass. To those caring for the Shroud, it is an artifact of immeasurable value and one of the few tangible items related to Christ. The case is regularly infused with oxygen and argon to prevent chemical changes and is never left unguarded. And for good reason. For the past 2,000 and some years, the Shroud has been the most hotly contested piece of religious material in the world. Below are three reasons why the Shroud of Turin may indeed be real.

Biblical Proof

The Shroud itself is a rectangular flax cloth about 14 feet by 4 feet and woven in a herringbone pattern and bearing the faint, brownish image of a man. On the front, the figure can be seen lying naked, his eyes closed, and his hands folded over his groin. He has a shaggy beard and mustache accompanied by shoulder-length hair parted down the middle. According to the image, the body of Christ was lean and athletic, standing anywhere from 5’7″ to 6’2″ in height. Because the savior’s body is thought to have moved through the material, it is believed to provide a negative, transparent image of what he looked like at the time, moments before departing to heaven.

For those looking to place the Shroud within a historical context, the Bible provides the first clue. As the authoritative text on the subject of Christ and his execution, it refers several times to precisely this kind of cloth used at the time of his death. Two specific Gospels in the holy book describe Christ’s body being wrapped in a linen cloth by Joseph before he was buried.

When Jesus’s tomb was opened later, the Apostle Peter apparently found several pieces of burial cloth at the site. According to the Bible, these shrouds were similar in appearance to what is now seen in Turin. Regardless of whether the book is, in fact, referring to the existing Shroud is unclear, but the knowledge that the linen sheet could have been present at the resurrection of Christ is enough to have a believer on their knees. And for scientists, it speaks to the possible truth of its authenticity.

As a holy relic, the Shroud has endured two distinct periods of time in history: the ancient unknown years before 1390 and the events that occurred afterward. Before 1390, documentation is scarce, primarily because it changed hands often between ruling parties and was purposefully hidden from the world. It was viewed as sacred and powerful proof of God’s existence and was considered far too precious to share with the masses.

During this time, those in charge of the Shroud would bring it out only during times they hoped to influence the populace or raise money for a religious cause. There were reports around Europe of having seen the hood of Jesus or some such, but there was not much else to report—just rumor. But when a French Bishop claimed the artifact to be an outright forgery, people began to take notice of the Shroud and pursue its inspection to satisfy their own curiosity.

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  • Spiderman81

    So – everything lines up except those pesky scientific tests. What’s not to believe.

    • Yorkrite

      I accept the idea that it may be actually DeMoley, tormented by his jailers in Christ like fashion, Which then fits the cloth carbon dating, either way works. it is a relic of immense value, and spiritual support.

      • Angelas Other Half

        Points of congruence seems to dismiss this. The crease across the cloth below the head appears on a coin from the 6-7 century with the likeness of christ on it. It also has the crease in the same place. There is also an earlier painting/drawing of the shroud which shows burn marks which are much earlier than the 13th century fire in the right place on the shroud. History makes this artifact at least before the 6-7 century.

    • John Urban

      First, the outer edges is where the samples were taken for the carbon dating testing. These samples could very well be from patches that had to be sewn into the shroud because of the fire where it was kept. The shroud’s age could’ve also been contaminated by all of the people handling the shroud or the method in which it was being stored.

  • Mika Nieminen

    It is as fake as the semitic ideologies

    • Angelas Other Half

      I think it is a real shroud, not of “jesus” since it does appear he was in fact yeshua bar Abbas and let go and did not die on the cross, but there were others who were punished and killed and this could be one of those shrouds. The markings would have been good reference to make up the story of his death. Read about Simon of Perea ad learn a little about story making and see where a carpenter named joseph most likely came from. The combination of oils and spices and decomposition could have outgassed enough to imprint on the cloth and that is what I believe.

      • John Urban

        The oil and spices experiment has already been tried and failed to produce the same results as depicted on the shroud.

        • Angelas Other Half

          Actually there is a claim that they can do so except they are not willing to use a live subject since it can be painful and experiments with corpses require special permits and ethics. But that is hearsay and not validatable. But, after all the diagnosis using modern equipment and techniques, they have been able to prove how it was not done (paints and the like).

    • theUSAparty

      Mika Nieminen, if it’s a fake, reproduce the results using 12th century technology. Oops, perspective art wasn’t available and certainly not 3-D reverse image art. What about how the image was created; oops again, radioactive searing would have to wait until the 20th century.

  • Mika Nieminen

    Show me the evidence for Jesus to have even existed physically

    • Kermit Hicks

      Show me the evidence that Julius Caesar had existed even Physically.

    • Fritzz Ezz

      Josephus who lived at the time of the Christ also wrote about Him. He also wrote about John the Baptist. You will find reference to Yeshua in books 18 and 19. In Book 18, Chapter 3, 3 of the Antiquities, a passage that states that Jesus (Yeshua) the Messiah was a wise teacher who was crucified by Pilate.

      • Angelas Other Half

        Hearsay, never actually met the person.

  • theUSAparty

    What 12th century artist could have created a one-of-a-kind masterpiece using a one-of-a-kind technique? The Roman arrest warrant for Jesus states that Jesus was tall (for those days) at over 5’ 11”, with blue eyes, and long hair. The writings of Josephus (not a Christian) and others and the arrest warrant artifact should be ample evidence that a Rabbi named Jeshua with a very large following existed at that time.
    That fits with the image on the shroud. The image on the shroud also depicts a man that is floating (suspended) in mid-air because his toes are pointing down while there are not indications that he is lying on his back, side, or front.

    • Angelas Other Half

      Seems that there is a lot of problems with this arrest. The comments stated found in Like contradict hebrew law and action and location. Do not put you faith in luke.

      And where is this artifact? Seems that would have been a major piece of evidence that the rest of the world doesn’t know about or is it in the Hobby Lobby or Genesis museums?

  • Scottimus Maximus

    I’ve always been curious about the descrepency of the height of the front facing image being a few inches shorter then the image of the rear or back side of the figure.