The Turin Shroud is the most famous relic in the world. Millions believe that it is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ bearing his crucified and bloodied image. The cloth is kept at Turin in Italy. The cloth is an enigma. Many say it is a miracle. But in fact the greatest mystery is who the cloth depicts for the man whose face is on the Shroud is not Jesus Christ.

The Turin image shows parts of Jesus' body that would not have touched the cloth. And there is a light yellow substance that sits on the fibres making the image on one side and it sometimes appears on the other as well without passing through the cloth. This happens mostly with the face image which is another indication that the cloth really just cares about Jesus' face the most as it would if it were a forgery. It is not a contact print for parts of the body that would have been inches away from the cloth and could not have touched it show up clearly. And there would be tell-tale creases. So the cloth has no hard or soft evidence that it involved a real body or depicts a real man, as opposed to a statue or something, never mind Jesus. The cloth is meant to appear as a contact print but it fails. It is meant to fool the untrained eye of pilgrims. The artist knew nobody would generally get up very close to see.  The artist of the shroud perhaps made the image vague so help avoid detection or to prevent sceptics in the Church from ruling the day. A fraud has to be rigged up to survive being exposed. Many do. The cloth is really about appealing to ghouls who want an image of death and blood and gore. It gives no indication that Jesus miraculously rose from the dead.

The Bible says that the resurrection is the most important thing Jesus did. If God were giving us a miraculous image of Jesus it would be a miraculous picture of Jesus’ corpse transforming into the glorious and perfected Christ and something that was a complete mystery to science. The Turin Shroud is Genuine states that there is nothing miraculous about the Shroud though certain things can’t be worked out about it (page 130). Inexplicable is not miraculous. There are billions of odd things we cannot explain and that does not entitle us to hail them as miracles.

Jesus was allegedly wrapped in the Shroud of Turin. Despite all the strange things that seem to be in the Shroud’s favour, the supporters choose to ignore proof on the cloth itself that nobody was ever wrapped up in it. THE TOP OF THE HEAD ITSELF IS NOT SEEN! If the image had been wrapped around a head you would not see this effect. The cloth should show blood marks and images as if it were wrapped around a head. Instead, it looks as if the back and front were put on separately with no connection in between. There should be a connection if the cloth covered a body. It is like somebody taking a photo of you from the front and then one from the back and putting them together with the head on each photo touching. It is not a natural effect when you have a cloth that a man was supposedly wrapped up in and which went over the top of his head.

Herman Toro way back in 2004 declared that the image on the shroud is not a true negative. Also the anatomy is riddled with problems. The proportions are, his word, “ape-like”. The way the man lies is not in the real world possible. “The figure does not satisfy the geometric conditions of contact formation.” There are more impossibilities than that. For a corpse in a hot country it should have maggots. Rapid decay especially for such a traumatised body would have been expected. Where are their imprints?  There are no signs at all of any deterioration. If so, the image appeared instantly.  Contact prints don't do that.  If you want to be a fantasist and say then Jesus never decayed remember that does not help much.  

The New Testament cloths would not necessarily have had an image of Jesus but you would expect them to be messy and having contact prints. The Turin Shroud is a forgery for it cannot be counted among those cloths.


We have presented a reasonable plausibility argument that the Shroud image must result from a contact process.  Woodblock or intaglio techniques known to be in use in the 14th century in Europe and in France account for all of the visible attributes of the Shroud image including the 3-d effect, reversed contrast, the resolution, uniformity between the frontal and dorsal images and the extensive detail observed.  By Dr Acetta.

My comment is that the Dr is very generous here.  The uniformity he mentions is imperfect.  So is the 3-d.  The flaws in the image increase the likelihood of such a method being used.

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