One tool of argument to debunk the belief on Shroud of Turin is second commandment of God (Exodus 20:4), which was deleted by Roman Catholicism. Thus, rather than spending too much to resolve the authenticity of the shroud, scientists should ask Pope Francis why Roman Catholicism had erased God’s Words in Catholic practices, which Words were written by God Himself.
To stress, humanity deserves an explanation from the Pope, why the apparent big traditional lie.
What is the relevance of the second commandment of God to the issue on Shroud of Turin?
The commandment states:
4“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.(Exodus 20:4, NIV)
Notice that Shroud of Turin,which refers to alleged face of Christ, still fall under the definition of prohibited image because somebody, either a human being or super-natural, had obviously made it, to the exclusion of God Himself if you co-relate the verse to Exodus 20:18-22, stating:
18Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off 19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.”20Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”21The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. 22And the LORD said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven (ESV).
From immediately above verses, obviously, God can manifest Himself from heaven. Ergo, the manifestation, including the essence and personality of God could not be in the Shroud of Turin because God is alive in heaven and His physical manifestation on earth, unlike in the case of the shroud, is not under control by any human being. To emphasize, God does not need an image to talk to people.
Also, above will illustrate that God Himself does not want to be converted to an idol or image because images and graven idols are non-living. More so, in the case of the messiah, who was resurrected by God to life, God does not logically want Christ’s alleged image to be revered because such practice is conducive to deceptions.
In addition, revering the alleged image of Christ may imply that Christ is not alive. Remember, Christ himself had introduced the Holy Spirit as spiritual guide, which consequently precludes any notion that an image, which is incapacitated to talk, is acceptable. For all you know, the image is belonging to another person or to a twin sibling.
Finally, the Shroud of Turin issue should had been closed and terminated in 1980s, when carbon-14 dating test failed. It was reported:
Radiocarbon dating tests conducted at three different labs in the 1980s indicated the cloth was less than 800 years old, produced in the Middle Ages, between approximately A.D. 1260 and 1390. The first records of the shroud begin to appear in medieval sources around the same time, which skeptics don’t think is a coincidence. Those results were published in the journal Nature in 1989. But critics in favor of a much older date for the cloth have alleged that those researchers took a sample of fabric that was used to patch up the burial shroud in the medieval period, or that the fabric had been subjected to fires, contamination and other damaged that skewed the results.(ph.news.yahoo.com)
However, a new theory was proposed by an Italian, most probably, in an attempt to rescue the Roman Catholicism idolatry doctrine.This theory explains what caused the alleged face of Christ in the fabric and the error in the carbon-14 dating test. It was further reported:
“The new theory hinges on neutrons released by a devastating earthquake that hit Old Jerusalem around the same time that Jesus is believed to have died. x x x
Giulio Fanti, a professor of mechanical engineering at Padua University, published a book last year “Il Mistero della Sindone,” translated as “The Mystery of the Shroud,” (Rizzoli, 2013), arguing that his own analysis proves the shroud dates to Jesus’ lifetime. In an email, Fanti said he is not sure if a neutron emission is the only possible source responsible for creating the body image. (His own theories include a corona discharge.) However, he wrote that he is “confident” the 1980s radiocarbon dating “furnished wrong results probably due to a neutron emission.(ph.news.yahoo.com)
But what is very bothering is a play of deceptive schemes to sustain the Roman Catholic idolatry through faith. It was also reported:
It seems unlikely that the new study, published in the journal Meccanica, will settle any of the long-standing disputes about how and when the cloth was made, which depend largely on faith.
“If you want to believe in the Shroud of Turin, you believe in it,” Cook said.(ph.news.yahoo.com)
In short, what’s in a face, when the Words of God are more than enough, if you have faith in Christ. On the other hand, assuming that indeed, the face in the fabric was caused by a neutron, does it validly say that the image is the face of Christ?
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