The Glory of the Blood: The Shroud, Part 5
Here is the 5th installment of my series on the Shroud of Turin. (There are seven parts, and I'll be posting the last two parts tomorrow; be sure to come back and check them out.) Enjoy, and be sure to let me know what you think...
Disclaimer: Though I believe the Shroud to be the authentic burial cloth of Christ (as you shall see), I do not believe it to be an object of worship; only Jesus Himself and God the Father are to be worshipped. However, I do believe that the Shroud provides sufficient evidence of the Resurrection. It is for this reason that I present this material. For more information, visit http://www.shroud.com/, hosted by Barrie Schwortz; he presents all views on the Shroud, as well as the latest information.
In 1898, Secondo Pla, an Italian lawyer and amateur photographer, was given permission to photograph the Shroud. Three days after an unsuccessful attempt to photograph the Shroud, he had the opportunity to try again. On May 28, 1898, after taking a picture of the Shroud, “he took a hansom back to his apartment, put the plate in a tank of developing fluid, watched anxiously, and…he saw an image begin to form on the glass. When the developing process was complete, he took the plate out of the tank and nearly dropped it; he was so shocked by what he saw.” What Pla saw was the image of the Christ. After hearing this story, you may now be wondering, “How was the image (on the Shroud) formed?” Well, there are a few different views as to how this was done. Paul Vignon, a first-class artist, began to investigate the Shroud in 1931. He soon came to the challenge of trying to find out how the image was formed. He wondered, “What could possibly have projected from the skin of the man in the Shroud and what could possibly have been on the cloth to react to something from the skin?” He researched with a scientist by the name of Rene Colson, and found that the burial fluid of the Jews was a pasty combination of olive oil, myrrh, and aloes. A chemical compound of aloes, aloetin, is willingly corroded with alkalies. When Vignon and Colson moistened a strip of linen cloth with ammoniacal water, and then dipped it into a mixture of olive oil and aloes, the result was a brown stain that was identical to that of the image on the Shroud! The next question to tackle was “How could ammonia vapors come from a human body?” They found that when an individual dies in great agony, this individual has morbid sweat. “This sweating is very heavy in urea. The fermentation of urea results in the chemical change to carbonate of ammonia. This compound consistently gives off ammonical vapors...” Today, scientists believe that the image was formed by electromagnetic radiation. It is “just like light coming from a light bulb, the microwave energy that cooks your hot dog or delivers signals to your cellphone; differing only in frequency, wavelength, source and of course energy level. Electromagnetic radiation is a photon of energy traveling the speed of light in a sine wave through space with no mass.” It should be pointed out that “the way the image was burned onto the Shroud is also flawlessly accurate in terms of how a body emitting energy would imprint itself on a cloth that was covering it.” Dr. John Jackson, a member of STURP, said, “I cannot discriminate between the color variation of the body image and the burn image.” Remember, the burn marks were caused from intense heat in the 1532 fire. This suggests that the image on the Shroud was produced by the same kind of intense heat, namely, electromagnetic radiation. Dr. Don Lyan said, “...The fact that it's very much of a surface phenomenon would tend to indicate that its probably a short time scale phenomenon such as a burst of radiation.” However, since scientists have tried to reproduce images like that on the Shroud by lightly burning a piece of Shroud-like cloth and have failed to do so, they have not way of knowing how this could have been done. This would seem to conclude, even more so, that the image on the Shroud was produced supernaturally. There is yet another area of conflict regarding the Shroud of Turin. Tests were taken on bloodstains that were found on the Shroud. The tests results revealed type AB blood. X and Y chromosomes were found, which confirms what we already know – the image on the Shroud is that of a male. It also showed “degraded DNA… consistent with the supposition of ancient blood.” “This blood type is rare…the highest percentage being found in northern Palestine.” There was found to be a high concentration of bilirubin in the blood, which is much more than is found in a regularly healthy human being. “The only possible interpretation was that at the time of his death the man of the Shroud must have been severely, horribly jaundiced, with huge quantities of bile pigments present in his bloodstream… Outside actual illness, the conditions in which such severe jaundicing can occur are severe concussive injuries, such as occur in road accidents, but which would also be consistent with the sort of severe beating and scourging which the man of the Shroud appears to have undergone.” Skeptics argue that if this were ancient blood, it would be black, as all ancient blood is. However, since the blood on the Shroud is red, skeptics say that it is either paint or not blood at all. Sticky tape has revealed that this is indeed blood. There is an easy explanation for red blood on the Shroud. “Ancient cloth, as it was manufactured in the Middle East during the first century, was starched on the loom and then washed in suds of the Soapwort plant. Ingredients of this natural soap are hemolytic, which would keep the blood red. We know, as well, that the blood on the Shroud is rich in bilirubin…Bilirubin is bright red and stays red.” What’s more, “It should be noted that the latest DNA analysis of the bloodstains found on the shroud of Turin also came up with only 24 chromosomes (23 from Mary and a y to make Him a him) which coincides with the blood testing done of the dried blood found on the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant, which was found 25' under the crucifixion post. Remember the earthquake that occurred as Jesus was near the end; it opened up a crack in the rock beneath the crucifixion post and when the Roman soldier speared Jesus in the side; his blood and bodily fluids fell down the 25' crack and landed on the ark of the covenant that had been placed there almost 600 years beforehand.” “…there is now strong evidence that the bloodstains were on the cloth prior to the body image.” This suggests that when Jesus’ body was wrapped in the linen cloth, blood from His wounds got all over the cloth, and it was some time after this that the image appeared. And there are a few more interesting facts about the blood on the Shroud:
*Critics make up various theories to try to disprove the Resurrection. One of the most common is that Jesus didn’t really die. However, if He were not dead, the blood would have pumped out of His living heart when He was pierced, but we are told in John that “blood and water came out.” This indicates that “the blood oozed out as from a heart that had stopped.” The Shroud supports this: “blood had obviously collected and had begun to separate into its constituent parts of red blood corpuscles and white watery serum, because the stains of blood that flowed from the wound had gathered in the middle and spread across the back. Around the edges of them is the clear indication that the blood had divided into its elements.” The blood on the Shroud shows that the man on the Shroud was clearly dead.
*Repeated tests have shown that if the body of a bloody person is taken off a burial cloth, the blood will be smeared or broken. However, when examined microscopically, there is not the slightest smear or crack in the bloodstains on the Shroud. “…scientist have no conception of how that shroud was taken off the body. It could not happen, and yet it did. In short, He appears to have gone right through the cloth.”
 http://www.roca.org/oa/65/65m.htm, http://www.biblediscoveries.com/shroud.html  A Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus, Frank O. Adams, Psychical Aid Foundation, Tucson Arizona, pg 16, 1972  ibid, pg 23  ibid  ibid  ibid  ibid  http://www.detailshere.com/shroudofturin.htm, Ber here  http://www.nhne.com/articles/sashroud.html  The Silent Witness, 1978 video recording, Dr. John Jackson  ibid, Dr. Don Lyan  http://www.nhne.com/articles/sashroud.html  http://www.newgeology.us/presentation24.html  ibid  http://www.roca.org/oa/65/65m.htm  ibid  http://www.shroudstory.com/faq/Shroud-Turin-Blood-Color.htm  http://www.detailshere.com/shroudofturin.htm, Ber Here  www.shroud.com  Risen Indeed, by D. James Kennedy, p 70  ibid, p 71