imageI get a lot of emails that you normally don’t hear about.  But today is a slow news day so here is a sampling with my apologies to the writers. 

Here is a nice lady trying to educate me about what someone incorrectly told her about the shroud.

Daniel there were conclusive tests done by a team of scientists n 1978 on the shroud.  Their conclusion was that there was a 10,000,000 to one chance that it wasn’t the burial cloth of Jesus from the biblical accounts.  They also found that coins were placed on the eyes to close them as was the Jewish burial custom dated 31-32 AD with the new NASA cameras.  Read "VERDICT ON THE SHROUD" by Greg Habermus one if the scientist that worked on the tests.  Fascinating book with information on tests done and their conclusion. There is no doubt that the shroud is authentic now and since 1978.  Naysayers have kept the results of these tests from getting to the public.

No such statistic came out of STURP in 1978. STURP did not find coin images. Others claimed to have seen and still do claim to see the controversial coin images but using such coins to close the eyes of Jews was not a Jewish burial custom. There were no NASA cameras.  It is Gary Habermas who co-authored the book with Kenneth Stevenson, not Greg Habermus. Gary is not a scientist. And no one is keeping any of the 1978 results from the public.

I don’t blame the email writer. I blame the people who told her all this stuff.

Here is a well meant one sentence warning from someone who disagrees with me:

Denying the Vignon markings can lead to non-authenticity which can lead to anti-authenticity and even anti-Christianity just like agnosticism leads to atheism and alcohol leads to marijuana which leads to other drugs. 

What was that great song from The Music Man?

Well, ya got trouble, my friend, right here,
I say, trouble right here in River City.
The first big step on the road
To the depths of deg-ra-Day–
I say, first, medicinal wine from a teaspoon,
Then beer from a bottle.
An’ the next thing ya know,
Your son is playin’ for money
In a pinch-back suit.
And list’nin to some big out-a-town Jasper
Hearin’ him tell about horse-race gamblin’.
Not a wholesome trottin’ race, no!
But a race where they set down right on the horse!

There is this from a helpful skeptic:

I can prove the Shroud is fake.  Lie on your back just like Jesus did.  You will see that it is impossible to cross your hands while lying on your back.


And there is helpful advice from a non-naysayer:

Everyone knows the Shroud is real.  That is what you need to tell [everyone].

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