Zoroastrianism




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ZOROASTRIANISM
Religious tradition founded in Persia during the 6th century B.C. by the prophet Zoroaster.


  1. View of Deity – Monotheistic

There is one supreme God, also called Ahura Mazda. There are also six lesser immortal beings who work in concert with God. In the view of some, Ahura Mazda is an anthropomorphic God (a God having human form or human attributes/characteristics). God is just and benevolent. God has revealed himself to human beings in the Avesta (sacred books of Zoroastrianism).




  1. View of Human Nature

Human beings are the creations of God. They have a body and an immortal spirit. Human beings have the power to choose between good and evil.




  1. Purpose of Life

Human beings may have lived in a spiritual existence before mortal life. They must learn to choose between good and evil and to obey and serve God. The faithful must cooperate in the cosmic struggle against the evil spirit Harriman and his powers of evil. The righteous will be rewarded with peace, happiness, and immortality.





  1. View of Spirituality

Choosing good over evil, prayer, and meditation will help people on the pathway to spiritual growth. Human beings can communicate with God through prayer.




  1. View of Morality

There are two basic powers in the world: truth versus the lie. There is an adversary (a hostile spirit). Having children is good, but practices such as adultery and prostitution are evil.



  1. View of Life After Death


The spirits of those who die hover near their earthly body for three days and nights before passing to an initial individual judgment. The spirit and the body will be joined at the time of resurrection, or “final renovation.” Good people will be rewarded with immortality. The spirits of the wicked have no such assurance.


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