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Bible Q & A

Q. What did Christ mean when He referred to ‘salt which have lost its savor’?
A. Matthew 5:13 reads: “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out.” Apparently this was a common analogy with Jesus, as similar words are found in Mark 9:50 and Luke 14:34.

Natural Dead Sea salt is capable of having the actual sodium chloride (table salt) leached out, leaving only a residue of magnesium salts which look like table salt but taste bitter.

Jesus’ message was that a person can profess to be a Christian but actually lack the distinguishing characteristics of true Christianity. Anyone having lost his essential Christian “taste” will be rejected by God just as one would reject bitter salt.
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