Zoroastrianism is an antique Iranian spiritual philosophy. At one point in the Iranian history, during the First Persian Empire, it was the State religion. Today, however, there are only nearly 210, 000 people practicing Mazdaism or Magnianism, other names for Zoroastrianism (Boyce, 2007). Zoroaster’s believed that the creator Ahura Mazda is good, thus no any evil originates from him. Indeed, it is believed that, Zoroastrianism led to the modern religion. Thus, their beliefs are reflected in the Christian and Judaism teachings.
Zoroaster’s believe that the evil and the good have distinct origins (Simpson and Weiner, 1989). However, these two coexists such that the evils work day and night to destroy the creations of the Mazda. On the other, the good is trying to sustain the creations of Mazda. The Zoroaster’s also believed that the Mazda’s creation is represented by Amesha Spentas, thus all prayers and worships of Mazda should only be directed through him. They also believed that there is only one universal god known as Ahura Mazda, with Mazda meaning mind and Ahura meaning being (Malandra, 1983).
Christians and Judaism faithful believe in one universal God. They also uphold the values of their God. These two religions believe that God is only capable of doing good, and that no harm originates from Him. In addition, these two religions appreciates that there is evil and the good. Indeed, in both cases there is distinct origin of the good and the evil just as is the case with Zoroaster’s. Moreover, they believe that the good originate from God whereas the evil originates from Satan. Therefore, it is the creator, God who sustains the good. On the other hand, the evils try to destroy the creations of God, thus should be shunned. Hence, Christians and Judaism faithful believe that it is only God who should be worshiped. In addition, the former believe that the prayers and worships should be directed to God through Jesus Christ.
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Simpson, J. A., and Weiner, E. S., eds. (1989), "Zoroastrianism", Oxford English Dictionary (2nd ed.), London: Oxford UP