This weekend my wife and I watched a documentary titled, “Jesus and the Shroud of Turin.” I thought I would post my thoughts on the documentary and also briefly discuss the Shroud of Turin.
Review of Jesus and the Shroud of Turin Documentary DVD
Having a deep fascination with religious films, I occasionally seek out documentaries and films covering religious topics to rent from Netflix every once in a while. I especially like the short documentaries by A&E and the History Channel. I also like the independent documentaries and the blockbuster religious films, such as Passion of the Christ.
While searching, I came across a documentary about Jesus & the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud is something that has always really fascinated me, and the reviews were very good on the movie (about 3.6 stars which is very good). So I added it to my Queue and finally got the chance to watch it.
Overall, I would say it was a great film, and definitely worth watching. My wife and I were both really impressed with it, and it left us both with a sense of intrigue (I always love when a documentary does that to me). It not only did a great job of giving a brief overview of the evidence and testing done, but it left me even more fascinated than before I watched it.
It featured a lot of the latest scientific discoveries with it, had lots of interesting commentary, and also made a very convincing case on how the Shroud has an excellent possibility of being the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Overall, I would definitely recommend anyone who has an interest with the Shroud to watch it. Especially if you are open minded (or a believer).
I appreciated the fact that the film wasn’t presented from an entirely skeptical point of view, and didn’t dwell on the skeptical points (which tends to annoy me when I watch a religious film). I already knew some of the alternative/skeptical arguments, and I don’t really agree with them.
Instead, I wanted to hear some of the compelling science discoveries surrounding the Shroud that support it, and this is exactly what you will get. So it probably isn’t the most objectionable film, but it doesn’t need to be in my mind for the purpose it serves.
I rated it a full 4 stars on Netflix (I rarely give a 5 star rating). It was worth watching, captivated and intrigued my mind, and I am sold on it. They make a compelling case that the Shroud of Turin could be the burial cloth of Christ. Even so, Christians should be cautious to embrace it as such, and instead place their faith in the risen Christ, not a cloth.
A Few Thoughts on The Shroud of Turin Cloth
Just look at the “negative photograph” image that is created when photographing the Shroud. It is enough to send chills down someone’s spine. In fact, my wife and I got chills a couple of times while watching the DVD.
In fact, I was reading how when the first photograph was taken, and the negative viewed, the person who was developing the picture almost dropped the plate from shock!
I think what makes this so compelling is the amount of scientific evidence, the vivid imagery, the scriptural accuracy as it relates to the ghostly image, and more. Even many skeptics have been left with no choice but to admit the cloth is compelling.
I am convinced that if this isn’t the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth, then it deserves an award for the “most convincing artifact ever in history!” When you consider the biblical accounts, the scientific evidence (such as pollen fibers, threads, 3D imagery, no paint, etc.), then it becomes quite clear that this cloth isn’t something to scoff at.
I suppose that is why there is such a fuss by so many people. Scientists are intrigued, religious folks are intrigued, and even skeptics are intrigued.
Could They Clone Jesus’ From the Blood Remnants on the Shroud?
One thing that has always fascinated me was the prospect of being able to “clone” Jesus from the Shroud’s blood stains. The stains on the Shroud have been confirmed as blood, and they even have the blood type of the extra cloth believed to have been around his head (AB I think).
Imagine if they developed a technique to clone this some time in the near future. Could this be how the Antichrist comes about?
It is well documented that when something (such as an animal) is cloned, it does retain the physical aspects of the original, however, it does not always have the same personality.
So imagine someone with Jesus’ DNA (which in itself would be interesting), but they reject God 100% and by doing so become the “antichrist” and do everything BUT God’s will. They have Jesus’ physical attributes in the flesh, but without the “good intentions.”
Just a thought, and that idea fascinates me. After all, if they COULD clone the Shroud, it is only a matter of time before someone does it (and probably they will do so privately/secretively and without permission).
Nevertheless, Christ is King over all, and regardless of how the Antichrist comes about, we know how it will all end–King Jesus will put all His enemies under His footstool, and reign as Holy God for eternity.