Question:

Hi,

Holy water and salt has become a common religious tool, believed to very powerful and frequently used in my country. Is the Bible for or against this practice?


Answer:

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (II Corinthians 10:3-5).

Christianity is a spiritual religion. There is no such thing as holy water or salt in Christianity. The battle we engage in is one of ideas.

Romans Catholics used Numbers 5:17 as justification for their holy water. The problem is that this was a ritual given to Israel. It had a very limited and specific purpose: to determine if a woman was guilty of adultery when no other evidence existed and yet her husband is insistent that she was guilty. The water in this verse did not make anyone pure. As Haggai pointed out, "Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Now, ask the priests concerning the law, saying, "If one carries holy meat in the fold of his garment, and with the edge he touches bread or stew, wine or oil, or any food, will it become holy?"'" Then the priests answered and said, "No." And Haggai said, "If one who is unclean because of a dead body touches any of these, will it be unclean?" So the priests answered and said, "It shall be unclean"" (Haggai 2:11-13). Holiness cannot be spread.

Salt is used to illustrate several religious principles, but it has no religious significance as a physical substance.

Thanks! It was extremely helpful.