We are the salt of the earth… so how does salt work again?

The Bible says that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). The second statement is easily understandable in that, just as light gives guidance and direction in the midst of darkness, we’re meant to lead people to the truth of Salvation in the midst of all the temptations of this world. The first statement on the other hand is something that has puzzled me since I can remember.

I have always thought of salt as something that gives better taste to food by enhancing the flavor of it. So I’ve settled with the explanation that as a Christian, I ought to encourage a “change for the better” wherever I go and bring out the best in people. Needless to say, that was a very simple and, quite honestly, insufficient theology that I’ve held on for quite some time. In particular, it didn’t really answer the question of “How do I do that though?”

Recently however, I’ve read an interesting article about how salt actually enhances the flavor of food. In this article, a scientific experiment brought forward a result that tickled my well hidden scientific bone. Quoting it,

“A new study shows that salt suppresses bitter tastes, bringing sweet and sour flavors to the fore.”

So now I can safely extend my theology in regards to us being salt of the earth. Drawing from the article cited above, we can say that Christians bring out the best of this world by suppressing bitterness, hatred, and deception, and bringing forth sweetness, harmony and love.

I love reading articles that are purely factual yet support biblical claims. Praise God for Science Experiments like this. 🙂

PS: So that’s how salt makes Ampalaya bearable. I’ve always thought it was a mom’s magic. =)


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