Comparing Biblical Stories With The Stories Of Zoroastrianism, Egyptian Mythology, And Buddhism

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Christianity first emerged in mid-1st century CE, from Palestine and Israel. Christians believe that God is the sole creator of the universe, and that his son, Jesus, died for humans on the cross to save them from sin. Christians believe in an eternal life after death, in either a Heaven or a Hell, and that the way to Heaven is accepting God as the only God, and leading a holy life. Christians also acknowledge the existence of Satan, the spirit that personifies all evil and malice in the world. The holy book of Christianity is the Bible, which is believed to be the word of God. The Bible tells tales of fights between good and evil. The Bible says that God gave humans the Ten Commandments, and that those who follow the Commandments will gain access to Heaven. In many religions, the theme of good against evil is apparent. One of these religions is Zoroastrianism, which is believed to be the first religion to use this concept of good against evil. Another of this religion that is similar is the mythology of Ancient Egypt. The teachings of Buddhism is also full of teachings that relate to the theme of good against evil. The stories within the Bible are similar to those within Zoroastrianism, Egyptian mythology, and Buddhism.
The story of the creation of the world is similar to the story of creation in the Avesta, the holy book of Zoroastrianism. In the Bible, the first part of the world that was created was the Garden of Eden. God created the world in six days, and then rested on the seventh. He also created the first humans, a man and woman, named Adam and Eve. Eve tempts Adam with an apple from the forbidden tree, and once they eat it, they notice that they are naked and become embarrassed. After God finds out, they are forced to leave the Garden of Eden in punishment. In Zoroastrianism, their god is named Ormuzd. In the Avesta, it is told that “Ormuzd created the world and the first two humans in six days and then rested on the seventh. The names of these two human beings were Adama and Evah. He accepts food from this woman and is forced to leave the place where he lives after becoming aware of his own nakedness.” (Allen, 10). The two stories are extremely similar, and yet the Avesta was written hundreds of years before Christianity was even founded. Certain similarities can be found throughout the Zoroastrian religion.
Several other fundamental characteristics of Zoroastrianism are found in Christianity. First, it incorporates monotheism and dualism, which means that there is only one god, and there is a constant battle between good and evil forces. The creation of the world in seven days is a concept well known in Christianity, yet the creation of the world also occurred in seven stages in the Zoroastrian religion. Also, in Christianity, the main adversary of God and Jesus is Satan, the representation of evil. In Zoroastrianism, the main adversary of Ahura Mazda is Ahriman, the chief spirit of darkness. In both religions, these evil spirits...

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