Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Salt is associated with us from the very beginning of our civilization. It was added not only to season food but also to preserve it. In the ancient times the meat or fish was preserved by applying salt over it. In biblical period salt was very important as a preservative, highly valued, and once even considered by Romans as a form of currency.

This was the back ground in ancient times when Jesus asked his disciples to be the salt of the earth to preserve the society from moral decay. The saltiness  was the holiness to be maintained in them which will act as a preservative for goodness in all man kind. But if they themselves lose their saltiness/holiness then how are they going to preserve the society from moral decay? They become worthless for its intended purpose. In old testament we see Noah, the only good man of his time, had no moral faults . He was the salt of the earth of his days preserving creation from total annihilation. Again further down the biblical history we can see the story of the destruction of the ancient city of Sodom. The city could not produce even ten innocent person to save it from the wrath of God. None of them had saltiness in them to preserve the on going population, hence they decayed and were only fit to be trampled under foot.

In recent times Mother Theresa of Kolkata, St. Alphonsa of Bharanamganam, Shri Narayana Guru of Kerala, Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and Swami Vivekananda, were all 'Salts of the earth' which can be remembered, so that our society is preserved from decaying further.

The disciples of the Christ, or for that matter, the followers of any true spiritual leader should be 'salt of the earth' and keep themselves without losing their saltiness. "You are like salt for all man kind. But if salt loses its saltiness, there is no way to make it salty again. it has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it " ( Teachings of Jesus, Mathew 5.13 )

John P.K


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