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    Question "Salt of the earth" question

    (Mt. 5:13) "You are the salt of the earth".

    But if there is too much salt in a cuisine, it is bad.

    Does this imply that there should not be too many believers in the world?

    If yes, why?
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    Default Re: "Salt of the earth" question

    it means that we are the flavoring in this earth, that is, that we are to be
    the Light, and the Truth after our Heavenly Father's pattern - in particular, the
    salt preserves and it is also symbolic of what is called a 'covenant of salt', and that is
    implying a perpetual, ever-lasting covenant...we are to flavor the earth perpetually with
    goodness and Holiness, and we are to always walk our walk graciously in His Name...
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    Salt is good for you....Jesus said so........no, it does not means or imply anything about too many believers in the world...think about all the thing salt does and how that applies unto biblical believers...

    Seasons
    Cures
    Heals

    etc...
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    Default Re: "Salt of the earth" question

    Quote Originally Posted by porton View Post
    (Mt. 5:13) "You are the salt of the earth".

    But if there is too much salt in a cuisine, it is bad.

    Does this imply that there should not be too many believers in the world?

    If yes, why?
    I think the point was that you do not want to lose your taste or you will be good for nothing. You left out most of the verse:

    You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
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    Default Re: "Salt of the earth" question

    Salt prevents decay, it preserves.
    Psalm 12:6 KJV
    The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

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    Default Re: "Salt of the earth" question

    Quote Originally Posted by porton View Post
    (Mt. 5:13) "You are the salt of the earth".

    But if there is too much salt in a cuisine, it is bad.

    Does this imply that there should not be too many believers in the world?

    If yes, why?
    Study any biology? What happens to a person who doesn't get enough salt?

    https://manoa.hawaii.edu/exploringou...essential-life
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    Default Re: "Salt of the earth" question

    Quote Originally Posted by porton View Post
    (Mt. 5:13) "You are the salt of the earth".

    But if there is too much salt in a cuisine, it is bad.

    Does this imply that there should not be too many believers in the world?

    If yes, why?
    The verse says nothing about there being too much salt - to make that analogy is going beyond correct biblical interpretation.
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    Default Re: "Salt of the earth" question

    Odd post, the salt the bible talks about isn't the salt on your table but of spiritual salt, which has nothing to do with a dinner cuisine...

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    Default Re: "Salt of the earth" question

    God used the same word for both. It should probably mean that they are somehow similar.
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    Default Re: "Salt of the earth" question

    Quote Originally Posted by porton View Post
    God used the same word for both. It should probably mean that they are somehow similar.
    Could you post verses that use the word salt differently, some words sound the same but are different.. Take the word bear and bare both used in the bible though I kind of think it was miss used in some verses..

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    Default Re: "Salt of the earth" question

    Quote Originally Posted by porton View Post
    (Mt. 5:13) "You are the salt of the earth".

    But if there is too much salt in a cuisine, it is bad.

    Does this imply that there should not be too many believers in the world?

    If yes, why?
    Possibly, among other meanings mentioned by others. There are also other places in the Bible saying that the true Christians will be few.

    We must distinguish between a christian culture and real individual Christians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by porton View Post
    (Mt. 5:13) "You are the salt of the earth".

    But if there is too much salt in a cuisine, it is bad.

    Does this imply that there should not be too many believers in the world?

    If yes, why?

    you are comparing a 'spiritual' meaning with eating

    salt not only adds flavor but it preserves

    understand that no one is eating Christians!...although quite a few have been martyred lately...
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    We must distinguish between a christian culture and real individual Christians.

    must we?

    what is your source for that understanding?

    do we judge hearts and are we the judge of another's walk?

    perhaps not

    when one makes a sweeping comment like that, scripture should be provided....otherwise it is just a grandiose opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chester View Post
    The verse says nothing about there being too much salt - to make that analogy is going beyond correct biblical interpretation.
    You expressed that MUCH more gently than I would have. I considered it a ludicrously contentious and quite ridiculous way to attempt to interpret that verse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurenTM View Post
    must we?

    what is your source for that understanding?

    do we judge hearts and are we the judge of another's walk?

    perhaps not

    when one makes a sweeping comment like that, scripture should be provided....otherwise it is just a grandiose opinion
    Yes, we must. 98% of inhabitants in Norway are lutherans. But its only because they traditionally identify themeslves as such. Churches are almost empty.

    Similar with the USA, even though not in the same manner. Not everybody who says "Lord, Lord" etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie-T View Post
    You expressed that MUCH more gently than I would have. I considered it a ludicrously contentious and quite ridiculous way to attempt to interpret that verse.
    I concur, probably the OP had to much salt on his fries!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by trofimus View Post
    Yes, we must. 98% of inhabitants in Norway are lutherans. But its only because they traditionally identify themeslves as such. Churches are almost empty.

    Similar with the USA, even though not in the same manner. Not everybody who says "Lord, Lord" etc.
    well

    even if that is so, if one believes all polls are accurate (I don't, but I don't live in Norway either...), we all know that not all people who believe they are saved are in fact saved

    however, Jesus told us not to separate the wheat from the chaff lest we cut down the wheat as well

    ever seen wheat cut down? (figuratively speakig)...it's destructive

    I think there is more reason for chaff then just acknowledging some folks are fake

    however, I am still wondering where you receive this understanding IN scripture?

    We must distinguish between a christian culture and real individual Christians.



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    let's look at that verse contextually

    note that immediately after the salt analogy, Jesus speaks about light

    salt and light are both metaphors describing how Christians are supposed to be what is best about the world

    there is nothing there to suggest any sort of exception with regards to numbers or even disingenuous people

    there is ONLY a positive definition of how things SHOULD be...how they OUGHT to be

    the end result, is to glorify God...our Father in heaven

    Matthew 5

    Salt and Light

    13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.14“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

    15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
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    Ever preserved meat with salt? You add WAY more than you would for your dinner.
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    Ever preserved meat with salt? You add WAY more than you would for your dinner.

    Right, this seems an answer.
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