Essay about Zoroastrianism, And Its Effect On Christianity

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Zoroastrianism, and its effect on Christianity Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest religions, and is, in fact, the world’s oldest known monotheistic religion, generally believed to be created by Zarathustra around 1000 BCE (Bryan S. Rennie, Zoroastrianism: the Iranian roots of Christianity?, Council of Societies For the Study of Religion Bulletin 36.1, 4). Being the oldest known monotheistic religion, Zoroastrianism has, most likely, influenced, in some way or another, most modern monotheistic religions, such as Christianity. The Zoroastrian influence of the Christian religion was largely transferred from earlier Zoroastrian influences of Judaism, the predecessor of Christianity. There are numerous amounts of similarities between Christianity and Zoroastrianism. For example, the Christian idea of Satan as an evil being, and the cause of evil and mischief in the world, was not developed, in Judaism, until Judaism had encountered Zoroastrianism . In addition, the ideas of the Shaoshyant , the trinity, and Final Judgment eschatology first appeared in Zoroastrian beliefs, and were borrowed by Jews, and subsequently Christians. The religions also hold many more similarities: symbols of light/fire, creation stories, virgin births, a “fall of man” , and prophetic trials. Due to all these striking similarities and geographical proximity, it is almost certain that Zoroastrianism significantly influenced the development of Christian ideology. Thus, Zoroastrianism, one of the…

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