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The Christian God is VERY similar to the God Ahura Mazda, is he not?

Around 588 BC, Zarathusta had a religious vision and began to spread the word:

Although he continued to acknowledge there were lesser spirits, they now answered to a single controlling diety, Ahura Mazda (wise lord), who alone was worthy of worship. Ahura Mazda was in effect omnipotent, although he could count for help in exercising his power on a HOLY SPIRIT (Spenta Mainya) and aided by beings knows as the Amesha Spentas (Bountious Immortals).

The univeres Ahura Mazda created was one of free choice. Opposing the forces of truth he represented was a figure of evil, Ahriman. He too had his band of supporters, the daevas, who were fallen gods who had chosen wickedness and became evil. Although created by Ahura Mazda, Ahriman deliberately chose the path of evil over good.

Humans too had to choose what path to follow: the righteous one which led to eternal life or the dark one that led to eternal darkness after death.

 
IhartU

Asked by IhartU at 11:06 AM on Apr. 26, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • While there are similarities between the God of Zoroastrianism and the God of the Christians, there is the defining difference of the presence of Christ. Zoroastrianism does not contain a "Son of God" through which salvation and redemption are acquired, Christianity does.

    Religions adapt, adopt, and acquire beliefs from every culture they contact. This doesn't make that religion wrong or evil or false. It does, however, provide challenges and questions to all believers and non-believers that should be talked about and examined without either side relying solely on dogma or faith.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:57 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • Damn, I'm learning a lot today.

    anetrnlov

    Answer by anetrnlov at 11:09 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • LOL... education is the key.
    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 11:10 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • Oh, and another thing:

    There was also belief of a LAST JUDGEMENT in which the evil Ahriman and all his evil works would be finally destroyed and the forces of light would triumph in a transfigured world...

    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 11:12 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • This is not a story I knew of, thanks!
    hannahwill

    Answer by hannahwill at 11:17 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • I have to say yes - BUT it really is questions like this that are going to cause alot of drama in this section. I hope you are ready for hate and slander.

    But yes, this is one of MANY Gods that mirror that of the Christian faith. You still won't get any hard core Christians to admit it though. That's just want Christianity teaches - deny, deny, deny - leave
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:19 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • I assume you do not believe this ihartu, since you said you have a problem with all religions.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:20 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • I think she's pointing out that the stories in the bible are pretty much copied from older religions.
    metalcowgirl34

    Answer by metalcowgirl34 at 11:26 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • older versions she does not believe are true that is.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:29 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • So what if i don't believe them? I'm pointing out that what YOU people believe is not unique and possiblyy stolen from other, more ancient myths!
    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 11:31 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

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