Saturday, December 28, 2013
# 18: The Shroud of Turin
A while back I asserted that Jesus Christ is the one true God. I realize this can be a troubling claim for Mormons going through a faith crisis. When Mormons lose their traditional testimonies of Joseph Smith and the Restoration after encountering troubling information on the Internet, they often lose faith in Jesus altogether.
Are you one of these Mormons who have lost their testimonies? If so, this blog is for you.
Before you dive off the cliffs of Christianity into Atheism or wade into the murky waters of universalism, Eastern Philosophy or New Age thought, please take a closer look at Jesus Christ. There are plenty of evidences that He was divine, and these evidences have nothing to do with a burning in the bosom or the teachings of any LDS leader. They have to do with logic and facts.
There's this ancient piece of cloth called the Shroud of Turin. Have you heard of it? It's been safeguarded by the Catholic Church for centuries and centuries. Purportedly, the cloth dates all the way back to the time of Jesus Christ. Purportedly, it's the very same piece of cloth that covered the body of Jesus Christ after he was crucified. An image of a crucified man is mysteriously imprinted on the cloth, which many say is evidence of Christ's literal, bodily Resurrection.
Modern skeptics dismiss it. They call it a clever medieval forgery.
But please don't ignore the Shroud. It is the most studied artifact of the ancient world, period. More scientists, historians, and academics of all types have spent more time studying the The Shroud of Turin than any other object- more than the Sphinx, more than Stonehenge, more than the Blarney Stone.
And what are the results of all their research? Well, the results are mixed, but the research seems to show that more research needs to be done. Nobody knows for certain if it's authentic or fake. The Shroud of Turin is one of those mysterious things like the statues on Easter Island of the Pyramids that nobody can figure out. Everybody has to come to their own conclusions.
The easiest conclusion, in my mind, is that it's the real thing. Jesus is divine, and he was wrapped in the Shroud of Turin, and when He was Resurrected, his image got imprinted on the cloth.
But don't take my word for it. How about you look into it yourself?
Oh, you might be wondering why the Shroud of Turin is a reason to stay LDS. At first glance it seems like a better reason to convert to Catholocism.
Well, the Shroud of Turin helps me stay LDS because it reminds me that Jesus Christ really is God. And Mormons really do worship the true God, Jesus Christ. Now, they may have a few funny ideas about Him, but so what? When I read Mormon Scripture or listen to Mormon teaching, most of what I hear is about Jesus, Jesus, and more Jesus.
I'll leave you with a scripture, 2 Nephi 25:26:
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.