The Zoroastrians of Iran were members of the Indo-European family known as theAryans. They called themselves Zoroastrians because they believed in the teachingsof the first Aryan prophet, Zarathushtra.Zarathushtra was the first prophet to preach a monotheistic religion, and He was bornin Iran about 8000 years BC. He revealed that there was only one God, Ahura Mazdaand that life in the physical world was a battle between good and evil.As per man's actions, he would either cross the "Chinvato Peretu" or the sword bridgeafter death, and reach Heaven, or fall from it and go to the abode of the evil one. Inthe final days there would be a battle between good and evil, evil would bevanquished and the world would be purified by a bath of molten metal. Mazda wouldthen judge the world, resurrecting the dead and His Kingdom would be established onearth.Zarathushtra's songs are called the "Gathas" which linguistically may be older thanthe Indian Vedic scriptures. The Gathas are written in an ancient Avestan dialect. Thisis a sister language to Sanskrit of India, and Greek and Latin of the West. The reasonis, the common ancestors (common to the ancient Iranians, Ancient Indians, Greeks,and Europeans) were one and the same - the Indo-European or Aryan peoples.Surprisingly, many so-called Christian concepts actually were derived fromZoroastrian Aryan ideas which thrived in Iran for thousands of years until the Arabinvasion of Iran around 1300 years ago.Concepts such as heaven and hell, God and the evil adversary ahriman, the coming of the Saviour or Saoshyant born of a virgin, the end-time purge of the world by Firefollowed by the resurrection of the dead , the making fresh of the world and the finalbattle between good and evil leading to the final defeat of evil. These beliefs filtereddown to Judaism during the reign of King Khushru (Cyrus) of Iran.Zoroastrians also believe that all races in the world are created by God and are equal- a true sign of the real ancient Aryan's nobility and tolerance. Cyrus, King of Iranwho was an Aryan rebuilt the temple of the Jews after freeing the Jews from Babylon- for this, he is still remembered by the Jews and called the "Anointed of the Lord" inthe Bible.
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