Thomas said: « Except I
shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print
of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
hither thy finger, and behold my hands;
centuries people entrusted their souls to Jesus without demanding any proofs for
their belief. And only presently, in the time of the final stage of human
history, when the devil undertakes the most refined methods of deceit, God gives
us knowledge to strengthen our faith in Him and be capable to resist the devil's
temptation. The most surprising discovery given us by God is the Shroud of
(shroud, or fabric, in which Jesus was wrapped up after the crucifixion), the
most valuable relic of Christianity, which caused disputes about its
authenticity during many centuries.
the first time in the historical documents the Shroud occurs in couple years
after the closing of the Order of knights of the Temple in 1312. The disputes
about its authenticity began after the
public exhibition in 1350-s. Many people thought that if the Bible
doesn’t mention special traces on the shroud, it means that it is a fake. In
1500-s the fabric of the shroud was burnt in several places on bends in fire. In
1578 the Duke of Savoy brought the Shroud to Turin, and it received the name
" Shroud of
Turin". In 1983 it was transported to Vatican.
In 1898 the Shroud was photographed by an amateur photographer, Secondo Pia. What the photographer saw on the negative, shocked everybody. On negatives the image of a tall long-haired man with hands, put on the stomach, with a quiet face was precisely seen, the traces of blood were visible from his head, hands and legs.
1931 the shroud was photographed professionally again
and the photos were published. The photos stimulated curiosity of the
representatives of medicine, especially judicial pathology anatomists. They
confirmed that from the medical point of view the wounds and the anatomic data
are so exact, that they can not be the work of an artist.
Yves Delage, Professor of Comparative Anatomy at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1902 in the detailed work proved how difficult and senseless would be for an artist to draw a human figure as the negative image and to be so exact from the anatomic point of view. Besides there were no traces of known pigments on the cloth. The professor was sure, that the image was created as a result of a certain physic-chemical process.