It seems every year, at Easter, the interest in the shroud of Turin is ‘resurrected’. (Truth has a way of creating either real friends or hate-filled enemies. Please understand that I believe the Bible and in the resurrection of Jesus. However, over the years, misguided Christians have resorted to fakery in an effort to prove both. It is they I want to expose.)
The Turin shroud was laid under a body and folded over it to produce the blood and body marks on it. The problem, here is, that’s NOT how Jesus was buried. Read Matthew 27:59, Mark 15:46, Luke 23:53 and John 19:38-42:
Matthew 27:59 – And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
Mark 15:46 – And he (Joseph) bought fine linen and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre ….
Luke 23:53 – And he took it (Jesus’ body) down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre ….
This is clarified in John 19:38-42 – And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
Jews–at that time–wrapped bodies the way the Egyptians did, like mummies. When Peter and John ran to the tomb and looked in, what they saw that caused them instantly to believe in Jesus’ resurrection (John 20:6-8) was–not sheets randomly strewn about, but–a collapsed “mummy wrap” (and the facial cloth neatly folded).
Think about it: Randomly-tossed sheets of cloth would prove nothing! Jesus’ body could just have been stolen. But, a mummy wrap without a body in it would say volumes!
One other proof of the inauthenticity of the Turin shroud is, it depicts the male image with long hair. (This one will really upset some of you!) The Bible is anti-long-hair for men. I Corinthians 11:14-15 – “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.” (According to Thayer, nature here means, “one’s native sense of propriety.”)
Is a man’s long hair a sin to condemn him to Hell? Probably not … but it’s improper according to Scripture. Consequently, it’s highly unlikely that Jesus had long hair, as He’s commonly depicted. (Yes, yes, I know about Samson. But note that, in Judges 13:5, the angel tells Samson’s parents not to cut his hair … maybe to say something to Israel about their wandering from God.)
But, the point of this post is to expose the shroud of Turin. If you’re a Bible believer, you should now see how it cannot be genuine.
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