I didn't give up french fries this year for Lent, so I thought I'd share something instead, something I came across when I asked the right questions in my search for answers. I'm a science guy. I went through school always having to explain why things happen. This is why believing in the Resurrection was difficult for me, but look to your left. That is the face of Jesus Christ projected onto the Shroud of Turin. This has to be the most fascinating relic in the history of the planet. Nobody seems to really know about it though. Why is that? I'm Catholic, grew up going to Catholic school and heard little about it until recently. The one day I was exploring quantum physics and if you google "quantum physics" you'll find a lot of references to God because things get really weird when you start looking at the way particles behave at the smallest level. I happened to google quantum physics and the Shroud of Turin which brought me to a book fittingly called "The Shroud of Turin" by Chidambaram Ramesh and actually bought it on iBooks.
I'm about to share with you the latest findings on the Shroud of Turin from a science perspective and then we can do the faith thing later. If I can change one non-believer though, it's worth every second of my time.
You ready? Look again at that image, you think that's somebody's art? Think again. Here's fact #1 and I want to start with a quote from Ian Wilson, "To try to interpret it (Shroud Image) as the product of some unknown medieval faker seems rather like arguing for the Taj Mahal being a mere geological accident." It is easy to say that the blood stains and markings correspond remarkably with the sufferings Jesus Christ endured as accounted for in the Gospel, but that's easy to see. It has been proven that it is real blood on the Shroud from a human male because the DNA reveals both X and Y chromosomes, high levels of the pigment bilirubin (from trauma), bile pigments, proteins, albumin and on and on. This was determined by professors from Yale, University of Turin and a group of scientists forming the Shroud of Turin Research Team. So, real blood was used, let's accept that. What is difficult to explain is how the image is projected. Let me quote Ramesh, "the image is similar to a photographic negative, that is, the representation of light and shade are reversed in the image. Thus, the image of the man on the Shroud is seen clearly not in the photographic positive, but to one's surprise in the photographic negative. It is a case of the negative of a negative making a positive!" Nobody could have pulled this off as an artist and not to mention that the image is projected onto the linen with a depth thinner than a human hair.
Another crazy fact, the image is 3D! Those studying the Shroud noticed that the image changed as they changed position and I will quote Ramesh again, "It is important to note that no imagery in the history of art or science; no other works of art, normal photograph, artifacts or relics of any kind will produce a 3D plot like the one produced from the Shroud." Did you just read that! The argument that someone created this as a hoax is beyond unlikely. The carbon dating skeptics believe it is only a couple hundred years old. If so, could they pull this off?!!
Here is another amazing fact (FACT if you didn't hear me), from Ramesh again, "The image not only registers the outer surface of the body, but also the inside of the body. Yes, it reveals the roots of several upper teeth (underneath the closed mouth), the metacarpal bones in the left wrist and the femur under the left hand."!!! Like an X-ray on the linen. "Anyone who was that radioactive would be dead long before he was crucified".
I'm going to let you digest this. Research it, I dare you! "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7
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