| Doc Holiday wrote:|
No, it isn't. Calling Atheism a religion is just as ludicrous as calling Theism a religion. That said, this new Anti-Theistic wave gives me pause. Especially the veneration of the so-called Four Horsemen.
| bigheddz wrote:|
I would say Zoroastrianism is more related to Hinduism than any of the Semitic religions that arose from the Mesopotamian. Zoroastrianism I believe came from Old Indo-Aryan polytheistic beliefs, with Zoroaster deciding to worship one of the gods and the other successors of the old beliefs became what is now Hinduism. Very similar to the Hebrew religion, descending from the old semitic religions of Mesopotamia which Hebrews eventually began to worship only one of the Semitic gods named Yahweh. I could be wrong, knowledge of Indo-Aryan religions are definitely a weak point of mine.
This may be true, but many scholars believe that the ancient Hebrews were influenced by Zoroastrianism when they were exiled in Babylon. There was a definite shift in their beliefs from merely venerating Yahweh and believing that the dead simply went to a nebulous afterlife known as Sheol to a struggle between good and evil forces and the dead either going to Gan-Eden (Proto-Heaven) or Gehennom (Proto-Hell).
I don't doubt the influence of the Babylonian exile on the Hebrew faith. before the exiles the Israelites did not name the angels, after the exile all of a sudden names of angels appeared in the bible, particularly the second part of Daniel which I believe is an obvious add-on. However Zoroastrianism had an affect on the Israelites who gave birth to the Christian faith versus modern day Judaism which is rooted in the religion of the Pharisees, whom were the enemies of the first Christians. I see no influence from the Persian religion in the old testament