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TANATA is devoted to discussing the paradoxes and the mysteries of life, among which is the paradox of the coexistence of good and evil. “God is love,” John tells us. Evil exists, we would suggest, not because God is detached or unconcerned, but because free will exists which is required for true, unforced love to exist. Still, it is painfully hard to reconcile this paradox. We believe that all evil one day will be judged and destroyed, until then we must pray.

DANIEL 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.

REVELATION 1:7

7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

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Sunday
Feb082009

It is a hoax ... it isn't a hoax. Is, isn't. Brother. 

IF THE SHROUD OF TURIN IS A HOAX, WHO DID IT AND WHY?

We used to be encouraged that there was a “relic” which actually confirmed the resurrection of Jesus. But when the Shroud of Turin turned out to be a hoax … we had to ask ourselves … if it is a hoax, dating back to the 13th century or so … what would have been the objective of the hoaxer? 

And the answer is: To deceive people, obviously. But why? To encourage them to believe in the resurrection of Jesus? No, a liar wouldn’t be interested in doing that. To sell it and make a buck? Perhaps. To make a buck through indulgences? Perhaps. To impress friends and relatives? Maybe. Forgers of historical documents (and relics) can be weird people — with the pathological ability to derive grand status from something they didn’t really discover but faked.

Or is the phony shroud meant to portray Jesus in a way other than how Jesus really looked/looks? (In the books of Daniel and Revelation, figures who arguably are Jesus have hair like wool.)

The next question is … Who would have been capable in the 13th century of fabricating such a hoax, the skill and technology of which still baffles scientists today? Please don’t say Leonardo da Vinci.

The answer … might be: Freaks (ET’s) with high-tech photography skills (used the Middle Ages when these skills did not readily exist) … which may one day aid these high-tech freaks in pitting themselves against the real Jesus … and scamming people by offering a substitute Jesus with long flowing hair, instead of one with hair like wool. Which would surely help in any campaign to deceive even the elect. Whaddya think?

HERE’S A GOOD SITE.

STOP THE PRESSES! Now there is word on the basis of new research that the Shroud of Turin may possibly be 2,000 years old after all. This is what I hate about science — things can be absolutely, unquestionably true … until somebody else writes a book. We’ll follow up. Brother. — rcg

HERE’S AN EVEN BETTER SITE which provides very thorough details on these new findings, which discredit the analysis of the 1988 sample of cloth, which may have been part of a rewoven, repaired portion of the cloth, which would throw off the Carbon 14 dating. At this point … who cares? The scientists have ruined the aura of the thing. Now they’re all arguing. Again. Still.