The premise of the original thread was the idea that the shroud looks a lot like the type of practical joke the "trickster" gods of ancient mythology were known for. Namely, in a world that practically worships science, we have a cloth that dates at least to the Middle Ages, and no one, if they are willing to objectively examine it, can explain how it got there. It is really funny. A riddle? Yes. That is the nature of the trickster. Is it in character with Christ? Absolutely. He often taught in parables, and did some really funny, synchronistic things. For example, when Peter was asked by the local tax collector if they paid tribute money to the temple, he said yes. When he told Jesus of the need to pay the tax, Jesus told him to go fishing, and the first fish he caught would have the coins for both of them in its mouth! If you were Peter and it really happened like that, you would laugh your head off!
Now, you mentioned that the trickster draws you in, then will not let the completed puzzle be seen. Great analogy, and maybe an infinity of wisdom in that. We are curious creatures by nature, and what better way to get our attention. That is what synchronicity is all about. It gets our attention because it is unexplainable, and therefore strikes us as rather funny. But where does it lead? That is up to you. I think you will find that, if you are open to and ready for it, it will lead you to a greater understanding; perhaps an adjustment to your perception of reality. Paul
Elizabeth Newton wrote:
> As well as referring to the need, or lack thereof, re
> debating belief and proof, I was also referring to the issue
> of trying to prove something either way, when in reality
> proof may not be possible. Is this Paul's trickster at
> work? [as per the opening post in this thread]. It's as
> if the trickster draws one in and then, having got one caught
> up in an issue, won't let the completed jigsaw puzzle be
> seen; also, for every question answered, at least another
> question will appear.
> I'm not sure exactly what the topic of this thread is? I
> had interpreted the topic to be the trickster and
> synchronicity [using the shroud of Turin as an example], but
> I note that most of the discussion is on the shroud of Turin,
> I don't want to rattle on off topic and will wait for Paul to
> comment before I proceed further.
> Regards, Elizabeth