Jesus sweating blood in the Garden of Gethsemene

Question 208 from Simon, United Kingdom

Could you tell me if Jesus really did sweat blood? I know it’s medically possible (haematohidrosis).

The reference to Jesus sweating blood while praying in the Garden of Gethsemene immediately before being betrayed and arrested only appears in Luke’s Gospel, which contains a slightly different version of events to Matthew and Mark.

The actual text of Luke chapter 22, verse 44 says that “he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground”. This is an accurate translation of the Greek text (more…)

Fair Trade Bible Study: God is concerned about how we conduct business

When I was growing up I used to help my Mum taking fair trade products to various locations to sell and I heard her talk about it quite a bit. The Bible verse she often quoted was Proverbs chapter 14, verse 31:

“Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honours God.”

I’m pretty sure none of us set out to oppress the poor, do we? We don’t wake up thinking ‘Today I’m going to oppress the poor.’ No. And yet we benefit from an unfair trading system that does oppress many people. (more…)