Salt And Light Bible Verse?

I asked this question last night and got some off the wall answers. I'm hoping to get some other responses.

Why would Jesus use salt and light to discribe the two greatest agents of change for the whole world?
why did Matthew write the parable of the salt and the light?
If you can please give sources!

asked by Destruc in Religion | 5642 views | 10-26-2009 at 02:07 AM

He had to use something that everyone at his time would understand. If he was trying to make a point to a large amount of people - he needed to use an example that everyone would be able to comprehend. They all knew what salt was and they all knew what light/lamps were - therefor they could comprehend his analogies.

Some of the elaborations on the "Salt and Light" metaphors that Matthew recounts are also paralleled in Luke, but in completely different parts of the narrative, which leads scholars to suspect they originate in the Q document, which is essentially thought to be a collection of quotes with little narrative framework. That other metaphors in this part of Matthew appear in the Gospel of Thomas is generally viewed as supporting this, with the Gospel of Thomas normally hypothesised as deriving, more directly, from "Q." Essentially Matthew splits the metaphor of Salt and Light into two - the salt of the earth and the light of the world, the second being somewhat extended by further metaphors used to emphasize it - a city on a hill cannot be hid and you don't light a candle only to put it under a bowl, while the first is extended by the metaphor that salt which has lost its flavour is cast out. The Gospel of John also mentions the light of the world metaphor, but has Jesus claim that it is he who is the light of the world, rather than it being the people he is addressing.

The exact meaning of the expression salt of the earth is disputed, in part because salt had a wide number of uses in the ancient world.

answered by Andrea | 10-26-2009 at 02:09 AM

We are to be in the world not of the world. Salt was used as a preserver from corruption. In order for the salt to be effective, it must come in contact with the source of preservation. We, as salt of the earth(or world), must come in contact with but not become a part of the world. If we are a part of it we have lost our flavor and then it is worthless.

answered by Guest | 05-22-2010 at 08:31 PM

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