But XXX Said…

Okay.  Here I am again.  And again, I am saying that we ALL need to rely on what the Bible says instead of some brother.  We are indeed blessed that we have men in the brotherhood who are learned in the Scriptures…men like Moses Lard, Guy N. Woods, Franklin Camp, and others.  BUT, brother, no MAN is always right.  What has upset me this time?

Some learned brother has decided that Luke 22:44 means that Jesus shed actual drops of blood, and now, most of our brethren are going to great lengths to try to prove that idea.  Even to the point of asking non-Christian scientists to verify this…even when the scientist dearly wants to prove the Bible wrong.  I ask you to think back to high school English!  Remember the teacher trying to teach you what a simile is?  A simile occurs when you compare two unlike items by saying one is LIKE the other, or is AS the other.  It is a comparison, not a statement of absolute exactness.  Luke 22:44 says And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became as it were great drops of blood falling down upon the ground. Please note:  as it were.  Jesus did not sweat drops of blood.  Instead, he sweated so profusely that the sweat dripped like drops of blood would have fallen.

I may be wrong, but Thayer agrees with this interpretation.  English  poetical devices agree with this interpretation.  If I am wrong…prove it, please.  We just need to look at the Scripture and not always depend on Brother X.

What say ye?