From the Shroud to a 3-D Model of Christ!

March 27, 2010 at 1:18 PM 5 comments

Photo courtesy of History Channel

The History Channel will be broadcasting a show based on the Shroud of Turin.  However, they will be showcasing something that up until now, no one has ever been able to do.  Based on the image shown on the Shroud, the “History Channel will air ‘The Real Face of Jesus?,’ a special two-hour event that premieres March 30 at 9 p.m. EST. It aims to bring the world as close as it has ever come to seeing what Jesus may have actually looked like.”[1]

Everyone is aware of the fact that there are naysayers regarding the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and there are those who, like myself, believe it to be the real deal.  Anyone who is familiar with the dating of the Shroud a number of years ago knows that when science took a small sample of the Shroud, it may have turned out that what they got was a piece that had been repaired during the 13th or 14th century, which is why when the dating tests were completed, it showed a date of origin back to that point.  The trouble is that after this, the Vatican was unwilling to take the Shroud out to allow science to take a small sample from a non-repaired area.  So, the world waits, though of course people on both sides of the issue fully believe that their opinion regarding the authenticity of the Shroud is the correct one.

Many books have been written on the subject of the Shroud of Turin, with people pointing to this piece of evidence, or that one in support of their opinion.  We reported not too long ago that a scientist and his team in Italy had recreated a Shroud-like copy using techniques available during the period of the 13th/14th century.  He believes, based on this, that the Shroud was a forgery.  Of course, we pointed out in our BLOG at the time, that IF the Shroud only went back to the 13th/14th centuries, it was a forgery based on that alone.  The scientist and his team therefore, wasted a good deal of time, and effort in their attempts to replicate something that would have been a forgery.  However, the bottom line for me is that the last carbon dating test proved that the sample that was taken from the Shroud of Turin came from the 13th or 14th century.  There is a great possibility that the Shroud had been repaired at least once, possibly twice, because of fires in the places where it was stored.  What needs to be done is for another team to get a piece of the Shroud that had not been repaired and carbon date that piece.  If it turns out that the Shroud is found to have come from the 1st century, that would clear up the problem of its age.  It would not necessarily tell us for sure whether it was the image of THE Jesus Christ on the Shroud.  People would argue that hundreds and thousands of people were crucified during Roman times and that is true, but to date there is only been scanty evidence of the practice, with one set of foot bones located in an ossuary, with a nail spike still in the bone (from the side).

Accurate dating of the Shroud would not end the debate, but I am fine with my own conclusions after having studied the issue through books and DVDs.  “The Fabric of Time” was an excellent DVD, which explains why Jesus’ fingers appear longer, or why there are no flattened “buttock” marks on the Shroud, which would have been there had there been weight on the body itself.  This of course, is simply another reason why I believe the Shroud to be real.  Had it been faked, the artists would have likely not thought to have it appear as if the person from which the image was made, was literally suspended above the Shroud.  In fact, there is extremely little distortion at all throughout the entirety of the Shroud.

I believe that what many fear is that this Shroud will become an icon that people will worship.  It should not be worshiped, because even if the image is of Christ, that image is not Him.  The Shroud has no magic power.  If people touch it, they will not be healed, nor will their prayers be answered.  I firmly believe that if the Shroud is the real deal, God has given it to this last generation before He returns.  At no other time in history has the technology been at the point where scientists and computer animators can take it to this level to literally build the face of the person on the Shroud, in 3-D.  They are doing so in several steps so that the final result is as close as possible to the man’s image on the Shroud.

I’m certainly looking forward to the program.  Will it change people’s minds about the veracity of the Shroud?  Highly unlikely.  People who have looked at the same information everyone else has viewed and determined that the Shroud is a forgery, will still believe it to be a forgery.  That’s fine as it makes no difference to me at all.  Those of us who have studied the same information and arrived at the conclusion that the Shroud is the real deal, arrived here because of he same set of facts surrounding the Shroud.  It is not a case of “wishful” thinking on our part.  It is a direct result of the evidence that has become available to the public.

Of course only God knows for sure whether the Shroud of Turin is not only the real deal, but whether it is the actual face of Christ if it is a relic from the 1st century.  For those who do not see the possibility of the Shroud being real, it may have less to do with the facts of the situation, and more to do with an unwillingness to agree with something that more than suggests the possibility that Jesus actually lived on this planet and that the image may have come into being because of the power of the resurrection.  If this is so (that the Shroud is of Jesus and the image was created because of the power of the resurrection), then all those who are unwilling to consider it will have another check against them when they stand before the Lord in judgment.  In other words, if the Shroud is another testimony of Jesus Christ and this piece of testimony is known yet ignored, then the people who know and ignore it will not be able to say “I didn’t know.”  In truth, instead of following the facts to a logical end in the reality of the Shroud, they will have been given another opportunity to address the issue and will have come out against the viability of the Shroud being real.

This is sad.  What people fail to understand is that God loves us.  If the Shroud is real, and if the image on the Shroud is of Jesus Christ after His death and during the process of His resurrection, then it proves that Jesus did live, die and rise from the dead.  If that is fact, then the reason He came to do this is also fact:  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life,” (John 3:16).  If you are a human being on this planet, then His death was made on your behalf.  Instead of ridiculing that, why don’t you take the time to let God help you understand why He – through God the Son – chose to die for you and me.  It is the most important decision you will ever make and I pray that you will come to believe that Jesus did what He did, in order that He would take on the condemnation you and I deserve, in order that we might have eternal life.  Questions?  Let me know.

[1] http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=131177

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5 Comments

  • 1. amc  |  March 31, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Not sure if you’ve seen this site. Best viewed using Internet Explorer.

    http://www.shroudstory.com/

  • 2. modres  |  March 31, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Personally, I believe that this Shroud is a gift to this last generation. It is interesting that the technology that proves beyond doubt that there is no pigment whatsoever on the Shroud (ink, paint, or anything), clearly indicates that it could not have been created with any known technology.

    The fact that only in this age has science gotten to the point of recognizing that not only is there a faint image on the Shroud itself, but that there is actually 3-D coding within the image is remarkable! If the Shroud had been created by painting it or something, there would NO 3-D coding. This is true of all created paintings and illustrated artwork. To make those things 3-D requires a special process, which as far as we know was not available during the 1st Century.

    When I first began studying the Shroud, I was unconvinced, thinking it to be a forgery created by someone who dearly loved our Lord and wanted to honor Him in such a way. The more information I gather and read on the subject simply convinces me that the Shroud is authentic. While science will never be able to prove that it is THE Shroud of Jesus Christ, it will never be able to disprove it either.

    The figure’s image on the Shroud has too many things going for it, with marks, blood, pollen and everything else to be merely coincidence. No, I think it is God’s gift to this last generation prior to His return.

  • 3. amc  |  March 31, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Good points, Modres. In fact I ran across a couple of articles that took the other Gospel accounts into consideration and suggested that there may have been a shroud and a sudarium, as well as other linens. Fascinating! I’m keeping an open mind.

  • 4. modres  |  March 27, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    The head piece (or Sudarium), has been around for a while and interestingly enough, the bloody areas of the Sudarium are an identical match (in shape) with the blood stains on the Shroud itself. The image burned into the Sudrarium duplicates part of the image of the man’s face on the Shroud (where the two cloths meet). Apparently, scientists have been able to determine the blood type (rare AB) of the individual from the blood stains on the Shroud itself. If so, that would also tend to prove its genuineness.

    There is more information here:
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1111642/posts

    My understanding is that the Sudarium would have been wrapped around the head of the person being buried, OVER the top of the Shroud. Dame Piczek (from “The Fabric of Time” DVD) believes that the image occurred during the resurrection, which seems more likely than in transit to the grave. Piczek believes that what caused the image on the Shroud was an “event horizon” in which time literally stopped for a fraction of a second. At that very same second, the Shroud became extremely taunt as Christ re-entered His body, which would account for many things about the image on the Shroud. Also the amount of energy given off during this “event horizon” would have been more than enough to burn an image into the Shroud itself. I think this was probably the only time when the image could have been made on the Shroud; when Christ re-entered and resurrected His body.

    If you have not seen “The Fabric of Time,” it’s well worth it. It’s an amazing documentary. The DVD includes 3-D glasses for viewing still images in the gallery. Details in the images literally POP off the screen.

  • 5. amc  |  March 27, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Modres, I confess to being a bit of a “shroudie fan” too.

    There are those scholars who do not believe it is Christ’s burial cloth on the basis that the gospels seem to teach that the head piece was separate to the rest and that the custom was to wrap the bodies in pieces (Joh 20:5).

    I wonder, though, whether the shroud was used to cover Christ’s body in transit to the burial place and that was when the imprint was made. Thoughts?


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