Can salt lose its saltiness?

Matthew 5:13“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”

Salt is a substance that adds taste to the food eaten by us. If we as Christians are compared to the ‘salt of the earth’, we should be adding taste to the life of many others in the world.

Now a natural doubt may arise,
Can salt lose its saltiness?’

Chemical, Salt (NaCl) is a very stable compound. So if it has to lose its saltiness, there are mainly two possibilities:

1. Dilution
– To such an extent that the salty taste disappears.

eg: If a pinch of salt is added in a fresh water lake, its taste just disappears. The fresh water consumes the salt into it but the fresh water in the lake will not be salty by adding that small quantity into the vast quantity of water.
2. Electrolysis
– It is the process by which electric current (externally) is passed through a substance to effect a chemical change. Metallic sodium and chlorine gas are produced by the electrolysis of molten sodium chloride. Hence the chemical and physical properties of salt may be altered by this process.

As a Christian we may be a very stable person adding taste to others.

But, so often our taste gets diluted by the world. As we are engulfed by the world around us, the ‘salty taste’ of us is lost in the vast worries of life. And sometimes we are too much ‘charged’ by external influences that our basic nature itself gets altered! 

May God strengthen us against dilutions and external charges!
Let us be charged in the spirit of God… 🙂




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