Eric on the 'long hair' answer! "
I wanted to post something on 'how long is
A woman's hair would have been left to grow, but a man 'trimmed' his.
Even the image on the Shroud showing the 'parted' beard is in line with
'fashion' at the time.
The fact that scientists have said that there is NO WAY the Shroud's
image was 'man made' is enough of a miracle (although I believed it to
be real before those 'tests'). The fact that '3 D' layers are 'in' the
design of the image is beyond what anyone could do today with the
materials available 'back then' (even if we use the incorrect date of
the piece of edge cloth tested).
We still come back to the fact that if indeed the Shroud is real, the
Resurrection somehow 'zapped' a 'photo of eternity' onto this linen,
then of course, the 'time' of the fibers themselves would be 'off'.
Another thing that has always struck me is the Catholic Church's
reluctance for more tests, the fact that they purposely only gave the
edge fibers (knowing they were an addition), I've always thought that
they were afraid of the Shroud being 'proved false', so they set it up
so that there was an 'out'. I think the Shroud speaks for itself. It
shows a level of medical knowledge unknown even in the 13th century, it
shows forensic evidence that criminologist/medical techs have just come
to realize in recent years. It shows a photo-technology that we are
JUST NOW becoming able to see/understand. This is not man made. This
leads people to Jesus. How is this a threat or danger to anyone?
Worshiping the Shroud would be wrong...but looking at it as a gift from
God? I see no harm and only good for those who need to 'see to
believe'. I see a confirmation for those who believe without seeing. I
see the face of my Lord.