Shocking Shroud of Turin Discovery Will Have Everyone Arguing This Christmas

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This is a reproduction of the shroud
The legendary Shroud of Turin has long been cloaked in mystery -- and the subject of all sorts of theories. It's a long linen cloth believed to be marked by the body of the just-crucified Jesus Christ. Skeptics think the shroud was "faked" in the Middle Ages. But Italian scientists have just released the results of their exhaustive study of the cloth. Their conclusion: The shroud could not have been faked.

Of course Christian true believers don't need a religious article to be proven "real" in order to live a life of faith. The whole point of faith is believing in what is not seen. But it is kind of a cool discovery that has a lot of us -- religious or not -- intrigued. It's almost like the revelation was timed to get families debating religion around the holidays!

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Can you see it? Mom declares, "Finally, proof that Christ exists! Now will you go to Christmas mass with us tonight?" And the lapsed college student daughter says, "No way, Mom! This doesn't prove anything!" If you read the scientists' statements closely it really could go either way. Regardless, there will be more talk about Jesus at Christmas dinners all over the world this year, that's for sure.

Scientists don't know how this image could have been made in the Middle Ages -- or even today! Of course, just because we don't know how it was made doesn't mean that it was made through supernatural means. Also, the cloth is made of a weave that wasn't created until after 1000 A.D. I'm still skeptical. But the new report has even a skeptic like me hooked into the story. If it really was faked, HOW did they do it?

So the mystery continues. Is the Shroud of Turin the genuine article -- or a baffling hoax? It's a question that will keep plenty of families talking about religion this Christmas season! And who doesn't love a juicy holiday debate?

What do you think? Does this new study prove anything to you, or are you skeptical that the Shroud of Turin is real?

 

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