When I decided to become a student of my teacher, she encouraged me to question everything, including her. "You don't advance if you ignore inconvenient facts." This also included things that I thought might stump her. Potentially, she was that confident that she could handle any questions I asked -- she had literally traveled around the world when she made it to Illinois, and talking with her was like talking with someone who had lived Biblical history.
While talking one day, I hit her with a burning question -- is the Shroud of Turin real?
She thought for a moment, and said, "You are actually asking me two questions -- was there a shroud for Jesus, and is the one from Turin it? The answers are yes to the first and no to the second."
She explained that Jesus did get a shroud, but no one knew there was anything special about it or the man it covered. Jesus had been condemned as some nutball who thought he was the Messiah, so no one really kept track of His burial shroud. What happened to it, if anyone did grab it, is anyone's guess.
She had actually seen the Shroud in person on her travels. She felt an obligation as a spiritual pilgrim to do so. She looked at the Shroud. And she studied it long and hard. For years, when asked if it was real, she would say, "I don't know."
Then, one day, the answer hit her. She knew the Shroud was a fake and could prove it. The tip-off was how, when Jesus was crucified, the Romans wanted to make sure he was dead. So they ran him through with a spear to make sure the job was finished (Christians will recognize this as the Lance Of Longinus). This is mentioned in three of the four Gospels. The Shroud has no such markings where the spear wounds would have been. This is why, when Mornblade told me they had carbon-14 dated the Shroud and it's origin was about the time it was discovered, I wasn't the least surprised.
Since then, people have been having the time of their lives trolling religious types, explaining how the Shroud could have been faked. Today, A CHALLENGER HAS APPEARED!!! Luigi Garlaschelli is a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Pavia in Italy, and he claims to have proven the Shroud is a fake with science instead of the Bible.
As my teacher said, you don't advance if you ignore inconvenient facts. Sure, when it comes to religion, you're never going to scientifically prove anything. But when you are confronted with so much evidence that something is no miracle but just a practical joke that has survived for centuries, you aren't wrong to at least wonder how true it is.