Many are convinced the Shroud of Turin was a hoax concocted during medieval times, but some researchers are still enthralled with the piece and have continued to study it.
Author Kathleen McGowan Coppens spoke to popular TV series Ancient Aliens and said the fact that many well-known Biblical sites, such as the Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Church of Nativity, were located in caves may reveal their “spiritual importance.”
Additionally, Coppens believes these caves played a major role in the death of Jesus Christ, who coincidentally rose from the dead after being placed inside an enclosed tomb.
“There does seem to be a mystical environment here, this idea of a cave being a place where someone who is of divinity comes and someone of divinity leaves, so it’s as if passages were happening in the caves.”
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She further suggested that there was physical evidence of the Bethlehem cave’s spiritual nature in the Turin Shroud, a centuries old linen cloth bearing the image of what appears to be a crucified man, who is believed to be Jesus of Nazareth.
According to her, that image could not have been created unless “something powerful happened in that tomb.”
Some believe the imprint on the Shroud of Turin, if real, was caused by a “burst of radiation.”
Others who share Coppens’ beliefs think the cave where Jesus was placed had another purpose.
William Henry, author of ‘The Secret of Sion: Jesus’s Stargate,’ thinks that particular cave acted as a “gateway or portal”:
“It’s possible that that cave was acting as a gateway or portal. Because in many of these stories, caves link Earth and Heaven.”
Although Pope Francis has described the Turin Shroud as an “icon of a man scourged and crucified,” which seemingly lends authenticity to the claim that it is real and not just a hoax, he has yet to call it a “religious relic.”
A 1988 radiocarbon of the shroud supposedly “proved” the controversial piece of cloth was simply a medieval forgery.
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