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Evidently there's a whole NatGeo special on the hunt for the foreskin of Christ, which until only 1900 was a wildly popular relic within the Church.
Quest For The Holy Foreskin
Of course, with growing facilities in Science, concerns started to arise in the Church.
What would happen if the foreskin was put under a microscope?
In 1900 the foreskin was taken off display and it became canon that anyone who even mentioned its existence was at risk for excommunication.
I thought the whole thing was a joke when I first saw a link for it, like, perhaps something of a Monty Python piece, but, it would seem this is a valid, serious issue.
One serious question out of it: If Jesus was God incarnate, then, we could look at the DNA of God.
For some folks this could very well be quite the frightening thing.
A step beyond that; what if we could CLONE Jesus from that bit of foreskin?
That might could be just what's going on.
According the link above:
For centuries, the relic of the Holy Foreskin was considered by believers to be the only piece of Jesus’ flesh to remain on earth after he ascended to heaven, and thus was among the most sacred relics in Christendom.
Then, on New Year’s Day 1983, in a tiny village in the Italian countryside, Father Don Dario announced to his expectant flock that their beloved relic had been stolen.
New York Times writer David Farley goes on a quest to unravel the story of this mysterious crime.
Thus, the foreskin has been stolen!
This was in 1983?
Let's give a year to extract enough genetic information for an attempt at cloning ...
Why does that year sound familiar?
a Christ Clone would maybe have been birthed around 1985-86, so, if there's a Christ clone wandering around somewhere, it's possible he, or, wait, even SHE could be what, 28? Maybe a little Younger?
It's something certainly of interest to think about.
edit on 12/22/2013 by AliceBleachWhite because: (no reason given)
So Joseph and Mary wandered around for what? 30 odd years with the little J's FS in a bag or whatever and then what passed it onto ? who? - Who got it after the big J went skyward? And then it was saved and protected and passed on for centuries ? without being lost? or rotting away to nothing? - Seriously, I've read a lot weird stuff, but really, do people NOT think this stuff through before uttering it, let alone writing it ?
reply to post by Restricted
Historically all the way into the 20th century into today it has been a discussion at the Vatican
Why not talk about it on ATS? especially under context of the modern ability to clone if relic is in fact real, just when you thought you heard it all, It happened on ATS first
reply to post by AliceBleachWhite
“What lies there are about relics! One claims to have a feather from the wing of the angel Gabriel, and the Bishop of Mainz has a flame from Moses' burning bush. And how does it happen that eighteen apostles are buried in Germany when Christ had only twelve?” -Martin Luther