A recent explanation regarding the world famous Christian relic, the Shroud of Turin, suggests that the reason for the image of a man (many Christians believe the image is of Jesus) on the burial cloth is that it was caused by an earthquake that occurred in Jerusalem around the same time of the alleged crucifixion and alleged resurrection of Jesus. As this explanation goes, neutrons were released by the earthquake which burned the image into the cloth.
Skeptical scientists have stated that if this was true many more occurrences of this natural phenomenon would have been discovered at many other places around the globe. It wouldn't just happen this one magic time.
One question the Christians and those who promote this most recent explanation of an earthquake in Jerusalem at that time and place causing the image don't get asked, as far as I know, is if they are correct and an earthquake caused an image of a man to be burned into a burial cloth, how do they know it is an image of Jesus? It could it have been anyone who died at that time and place.
Many Christians say the very act of coming back to life had some power in it that is key to the image on the shroud. Still, based on their own Bible, this does not guarantee it was Jesus because their own Bible claims Jesus was NOT the only person to come back to life at that time and place. The Gospel of Matthew, verses 27:50-53 states: "Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many." (For a Deism PDF leaflet on these Bible zombies click here.)
Based on the most recent claim involving the earthquake playing a role in the image on the shroud, it seems much more likely that the image on the shroud is that of one of the many "saints" mentioned by Matthew (or whoever wrote the Gospel of Matthew) because that writer claims the many saints came back to life at the time Jesus is said to have died and at the time of the alleged earthquake which would have been on a Friday afternoon. The Bible claims Jesus did not come back to life until Sunday morning, about 38 hours or so after the alleged earthquake.
Radiocarbon testing was done on the shroud in 1988 which shows the shroud was made in the Dark Ages between 1260 - 1390 CE. Christian "holy" relics were very popular in the Christian dominated Dark Ages in Europe. They were used by the clergy to generate money from Christians who would often travel great distances to see the relics which they were taught would give them blessings. They even had a "holy" relic known as the "holy prepuce" which they claimed was the foreskin removed from the baby Jesus (Ricky Bobby's favorite Jesus in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) during his circumcision!
These unreasonable/ungodly beliefs in "holy" relics, along with countless other foolish superstitions of Christianity and all the other "revealed"/hearsay religions, is what brings many people who can separate God/The Supreme Intelligence from religion to Deism. The American founder and Deist, Thomas Paine, wrote, "In Deism our reason and our belief are happily united."
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