Relics of the crucifixion

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    May 16, 2018 4:33 p.m.

    Relics are important tools for the human need of something tangible to associate with their beliefs. This is why so many of US wear CTR rings or collect other Mormon "relics." Catholics and protestants wear miniature crosses as substitutes for the absence of tangible proof of the existence, cruxifiction, resurrection of the Savior.
    Think about it. How many of us keep something tangible, often a small thing, to feel close to the family member or friend who possessed it in life, but who is no longer with us. They have no magical powers, but they somehow give us comfort. If that is so, even false relics can be comforting to those in need of some reilgious validation when they feel their faith to be inadequate.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 16, 2018 1:43 p.m.

    When I was in catechism class as a boy, the parish priest allowed our instructor to show the class a piece of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. It was in a small gold case with a glass window. The class was enthralled as each of us in turn peered inside at a sliver of wood laid on a red satin bed.

    Years later as an adult, I reflected how for that to even be possible, right after the crucifixion, someone would have had to recognize the significance the cross would one day have and so he hauled it off to preserve it. Otherwise, it might have been used to crucify the next victim or been used as firewood. But on that day in catechism class, I was seven years old and absolutely believed it was what we were told it was. When I got home from class that day, I told my mom all about it.

  • CMTM , 00
    May 16, 2018 9:00 a.m.

    RE: Twin Lights "the Holy Land.”

    “Bethabara’1 Nephi 10:9 & John 1:28 KJV. VS, “Bethany (John 1:28 NIV, NASB, ESV, NET) & Latin Vulgate 1:28. Bethania.

    Bethany” is supported by early Papyrus 66=( AD 175),75=(AD200) and better and earlier Manuscripts than KJV.

    Bethany Beyond the Jordan. The site has now been identified on the east bank of the Jordan River, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and is being systematically surveyed, excavated, restored, and prepared to receive pilgrims and visitors. Bethany Beyond the Jordan is located half an hour by car from Amman.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    May 16, 2018 8:38 a.m.

    SlickMick, I totally agree with you. History is knowledge and fascinating as are fantasy, allusions, dreams, magic and fiction. My point is that they are not all the same. Relics are in the past. More relevant are the realities of the present, and the Book of Mormon is not a physical reality. Consequently then what is it, a book of allegories, religious inspiration. Do you know the answer. If it were a true history there would be remains or physical relics. That is just the way reality, nature and the world works in the known universe.

  • SlickMick Ashburn, VA
    May 16, 2018 7:31 a.m.

    Skeptic - Why try to validate relics? Well, I don't know, maybe we can learn something? For a people so gung ho about family history, isn't it fairly normal to want to get to the root of things? Isn't it maybe a little interesting to learn new things in different religions to try to understand why people believe what they believe. Surprise, you may find that people aren't so weird after all or maybe people are all equally weird.

  • SlickMick Ashburn, VA
    May 16, 2018 7:19 a.m.

    "How can a believer venerate the relics of Jesus Christ when, having risen from the dead, he has left no relics behind?"

    Seriously nonsensical clickbait tagline. No one in the article claims to have an actual relic of Jesus that could not have been left behind. No one claims to have his bones. Could a piece of the cross or cloth or whatever Jesus may have touched been left behind? Sure. Not likely, but it is possible. The tagline wants us to believe the article discusses claims of something impossible, that couldn't be, like maybe someone has the bones of Jesus or something that would be impossible for a resurrected being to have left behind, but of course the article does deliver. Total clickbait.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    May 15, 2018 11:15 a.m.

    If one believes the Book of Mormon to be the truth then what is the necessity to validate Bible relics, it just seems a distraction and alibi for not being able to validate the Book of Mormon as true.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    May 15, 2018 11:10 a.m.

    Though such relics can be fascinating, I take from President Monson the following: "We need not walk by the shores of Galilee or among the Judean hills to walk where Jesus walked. All of us can walk the path He walked when, with His words ringing in our ears, His Spirit filling our hearts, and His teachings guiding our lives, we choose to follow Him as we journey through mortality. " I am not sure I will ever get to the Holy Land. But I can touch the face of God in other ways.

  • Michael_M Scottsbluff, NE
    May 14, 2018 5:19 p.m.

    Those relics are no more real than claims that there have been horse bones that have been radiocarbon dated to about the time of Christ that were found in the upper Midwest in the United States.